Transfer Window: Day One
- Tue 01 Jan 2013, 9:26AM
- Posted by David Clayton
The month of a million tenuous links has begun and we’ll ensure none of the transfer rumours involving City slip under the radar.
So what’s the best the January transfer window can bring us on New Year’s Day? Well, if you were looking for any major breaking news, you’ll be disappointed.
In fact there was a time when you could rely on at least one story connecting the Blues with some mega-bucks transfer target, but there is actually precious little today.
After scouring the usual suspects, the best we can come up with is two snippets of players linked with moves AWAY – and as Roberto Mancini has already said he can’t afford to lose any of his squad, they both look unlikely.
“Lescott has been linked with a move back to his former club Everton, having lost his starting place at the Etihad Stadium this season.
“But, with Yaya Toure and his brother Kolo heading to the African Nations Cup next month, Mancini has no intention of allowing any departures.
“"We can't sell players. We don't have enough players to play if we sell players,’ said the Italian."
Meanwhile, The Sun suggest Everton boss David Moyes would like to take Scott Sinclair on a six-month loan, but again, this seems unlikely.
“Sinclair has had just two league starts for the champions since his £8million summer move from Swansea and is frustrated at his lack of chance. Goodison chief Moyes would like to bolster his squad as he looks to gate-crash the top four and qualify for Europe’s elite competition. “
Finally, the Daily Star believes the Blues are locked in a four-way battle for one of La Liga’s hottest properties.
“Tottenham, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City are all locked in a battle to clinch the signing of midfielder Benat from Real Betis,” they write.
“Benat, 25, has been earning rave reviews in Spain and has also attracted interest from Spartak Moscow and Wolfsburg. The highly-rated La Liga playmaker looks certain to make a big-money move in 2013.
“Liverpool and Arsenal have been strongly linked, while City and Spurs have joined the race.”
A disappointing beginning to our daily January round-up – not even one mention of a ‘war chest’!