Transfer Window: Day 26
- Sat 26 Jan 2013, 7:20AM
- Posted by @dclayton_MCFC
With just a few days left before the end of the January transfer window, it looks increasingly likely the Blues may complete the month without any major comimgs or goings.
There is time and it's not unusual for there to be a flurry of late activity as the deadline approaches but it's been a quiet month all round.
“The 20-year-old is the most wanted player in world football and Barcelona are desperate to fight off competition from Manchester City, Chelsea and Bayern Munich as the race hots up for his signature.
“The Blaugrana have already indicated they are willing to pay Santos' €60 million (£50.9m) release clause for their playmaker and have now launched a charm offensive led by Neymar's Brazilian compatriot Dani Alves.
"According to our sources, the relationship between the pair is excellent, to the extent that Neymar treats the Barca right-back "like a big brother" and seriously considers his advice both on and off the pitch.”
Told you it was tenuous!
The umpteenth Mario-is-leaving/not-leaving-City story is also on Goal.com today, though the whole episode has become, frankly, boring.
Today’s instalment sees the City boss and AC Milan boss both in agreement that the Italian striker is going nowhere in January
“We are 18 players now. We can't sell any players,” Goal quote Roberto Mancini. "Mario should work well and try to get his place in the team because at the moment he doesn't play – for many reasons.
"I hope he can help us to win some trophies because he has the quality. I think today his performance is so-so but at the same time he can improve because in next four months we have important and crucial games."
The Daily Mail follow a similar thread. They report: “Milan have money to spend following the sale of Alexandre Pato to Corinthians for £12.7million but Real Madrid are holding out for a expensive permanent deal for Kaka, while Manchester City are unwilling to part with Balotelli even if his asking price is met.
“City manager Mancini recently denied speculation he was ready to let the Italy forward leave, saying: 'No, it is not true. I am very, very happy with Mario.'”
If anything does happen, the only place it will be officially announced first is right here on mcfc.co.uk.