Mirror: City to rival Arsenal for Zouma signature?
- 12 December 2013 08:24
- Posted by @markbooth_mcfc
We’re a day away from the newspapers shifting emphasis away from the week that was to the weekend that’s to come.
For that reason, we begin in traditional style, with a spot of transfer gossip from inside the back pages.
Today’s name to add to your list of rumoured targets is that of St Etienne defender, Kurt Zouma.
City are reportedly ready to rival Arsenal and Chelsea for the France under-21 international in January – that’s according to the Daily Mirror’s John Cross.
“Arsene Wenger is ready to do battle with Jose Mourinho over French prospect Kurt Zouma,” the story reads.
“Chelsea boss Mourinho is in pole position to sign Saint Etienne and France Under-21 defender Zouma and wants to land him in January.
“Manchester City are also watching developments closely on Zouma, who is rated as one of the best young prospects in Europe but is banned until February over a horror tackle that broke an opponent's leg.”
Obviously, we’ll be the first to bring you confirmed transfer stories in the January window which is coming up in just a couple of weeks’ time.
Elsewhere in the papers that you’re waking up to, the Guardian’s Barney Ronay has penned an excellent tribute to James Milner after his heroics in the Allianz Arena on Tuesday night.
Ronay believes that the 27-year old’s masterful performance made a mockery of some of the criticism the Yorkshireman has faced at times in his England career.
“The anti-Milner bile has tended to be based on his performances-to-order for England in a rigid shuttle-running position on the right flank," Ronay argues.
“But against Bayern, operating from the more fluid role on the left of City's midfield that uses his relentless movement as a sword as well as a shield, this was a display of Total Milner.
“When City began their counterattack Milner's steadiness made him an excellent counterpart to the high speed straight lines of Jesús Navas on the opposite flank.
“As they began to dictate play he was an intelligent, probing presence, evading Philipp Lahm three times to create City's goals and even showing in the finish for the winner a hint of un-Milner-ish arrogance, producing a beautifully cushioned pass into the corner that had a touch of the Agueros about it.”
...Barney Ronay on James Milner...
That one is worth a read in full as it’s always refreshing to read one of the squad’s unsung heroes receiving the praise they deserve.
Meanwhile, new Wigan Athletic boss Uwe Rosler has called upon his players to summon up the spirit of City in Munich when they take on Maribor tonight.
The Latics must beat the Slovenian champions and hope Zulte Waregem slip up against group winners Rubin Kazan to progress to the knockout stages of the Europa League.
“My players can be inspired by what City did in Munich, and I will be mentioning it to them,' said Rosler, appointed on Sunday and in charge for the first time tonight.
"The result and performance was very important for English football and for City, who will build confidence from it.”
Good luck, Uwe!
Finally, the Champions League group stages were completed last night which confirmed the list of teams that City could potentially face in the knockout stages.
"Pellegrini’s men will definitely face one of Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, PSG or Real Madrid who all finished in top spot of their respective groups."
...What the Media Says - 12 December...
Easy peasy, then...