City set to buy big this summer?
- Sun 03 Feb 2013, 9:22AM
- Posted by @dclayton_MCFC
City may have been relatively inactive during the January transfer window, but according to the Sunday Mirror, it was merely the quiet before the storm.
Simon Mullock reckons Roberto Mancini is planning for a major overhaul this summer with a stellar shopping list to make every City supporter’s mouth water.
Writes Mullock: “Mancini has not given up hope of retaining the Premier League title – but the Manchester City boss is already plotting a huge summer spending spree.
“The City boss revealed that he is holding weekly meetings with the club’s sporting director Txiki Begiristain to ensure that the mistakes that have left them trailing Manchester United are not repeated.
“Names like Edinson Cavani, Radamel Falcao, Neymar, Isco,Steven Jovetic and Fernandinho feature prominently on Mancini’s ‘A’ list of targets.”
Mancini has also revealed – with good reason – why he intends to swap his blue and white scarf for a red and white version when Manchester United take on Real Madrid this month
The Sun’s Martin Blackburn reports: “Asked if he wanted United to beat Real, Mancini said: ‘Yes, it would be another two games for them. I will go there and support them with a red-and-white flag!
‘But playing Real is tough — they are one of the best in the world. Them and Barca. They have incredible players, fantastic history. It will be very hard for United to beat them because they are a really top club.”
Finally, returning to The Sun, Tony Little quotes Liverpool defender Glen Johnson ahead of today’s clash with the Reds.
The England full-back believes City will benefit from Mario Balotelli’s exit rather than be weakened. Writes Little: “Full-back Johnson faces City today in the first match since Balo was flogged to AC Milan.
“Some City fans may wish the Italian had stayed put, but England star Johnson said: ‘I don’t think they will miss Balotelli. I’m not being disrespectful to the guy but everyone knows what he’s like.
‘On his day, he can be a great player... but City have got great players who do it a lot more often and score more goals than him.’”