Star: City monitoring Falcao
- 19 August 2013 09:15
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
As City look to get the 2013/14 campaign started later today, transfer news still dominates the news agenda.
Top of the pile is a report in the Daily Star which claims that the Blues are one of a number of clubs keeping a close eye on Radamel Falcao, after potential issues with the striker’s salary at Monaco have hit the headlines in France.
The Colombian international moved to the Ligue 1 outfit this summer from Atletico Madrid, but is now said to be seeking a second switch as he faces losing half his current salary to French tax laws.
Tony Stenson writes: “The Ligue 1 club last night tried to laugh off the suggestion but the row over their finances continues to rumble on.
“Frederic Thiriez, president of France’s football governing body LFP, believes Monaco have an unfair advantage over other clubs in the French top flight because they can offer players huge wages with the promise of paying no tax.
“But Monaco could face a fine of £85m if they do not move in line with other French clubs where players earning figures like Falcao are currently taxed at 75 per cent.”
The website reports that the Arsenal boss is keen to recruit the City youth product, who has made 232 appearances in eight years for the Blues.
“Arsene Wenger is keen to strengthen his defence and will wait to see if the 25 year old enjoys any significant involvement in Manuel Pellegrini’s side in the opening Premier League fixtures of the new campaign before launching a late bid for the England international,” the article claims.
“Richards has two years to run on his current contract but has refused to put pen to paper on a new deal until he gets some idea of where he stands in relation to Man City’s new manager.”
Remember, you can read about any confirmed deals on mcfc.co.uk first!
Finally, after having to wait an extra two days to get the season started, the morning of City’s first game of the 2013/14 Premier League campaign has finally arrived.
Newcastle’s Moussa Sissoko has been speaking to the media ahead of tonight’s clash at the Etihad, calling on his teammates to believe they can pull off an unexpected victory.
The French midfielder told the Evening Chronicle: “We know that the game is very hard because they have signed so many big players.
“Man City have Fernandinho, Navas and Negredo – they are all top players in the world.
“That’s not easy for Newcastle, but we go to City still thinking we can win.
“We have plenty of belief here. When you play for Newcastle you have to believe.
“And we have big players too like Cabaye, Gouffran and Hatem Ben Arfa.
“I believe in my team-mates. Hopefully I play well too.”
You can check out what Manuel Pellegrini had to say about the opening fixture, or watch our unique season preview in numbers to get you in the mood for tonight’s match.
Not long to go now, Blues!