Transfer Window: Day Seven
- Mon 07 Jan 2013, 8:33AM
- Posted by David Clayton
One story dominates today’s transfer gossip with Press speculation on who the Blues may buy during this window cranking up a notch.
Alleged long-time Roberto Mancini target Edinson Cavani is linked with a mega-bucks move from Napoli - according to a mix of Football Fancast and the Daily Mail, that is.
The former reports: “Manchester City have tabled a £45m bid for Napoli striker Edinson Cavani, according to reports from the Daily Mail.
“The Uruguayan hit-man has been linked with a number of Premier League clubs, including Chelsea, in recent times due to his prolific form in Italy.
“It is thought that City are searching for a replacement for Mario Balotelli whose training ground bust-up with manager Mancini, allied with some poor performances, has damaged his reputation with the club’s hierarchy.
“Cavani is seen as the ideal alternative and it is thought that sporting director Txiki Begiristain has made an approach. It’s said that the offer made is in the region of £45m, which may prove tempting for the Naples-based club.”
Could the Blues soon have Edin and Edinson up front? Only time will tell.
The Daily Mail provide another City-related story, though they suggest another alleged Blues target could be on his way to another English club.
The story reads: “Chelsea are considering a summer move for Malaga midfielder Isco.
“The playmaker has attracted interest from all over Europe, most notably Manchester City.
“Mancini was alerted to Isco’s situation late last year by the Premier League champions’ club’s new director of football, Txiki Begiristain, who knows the player from his time in Spain.”
Finally, talented Derby midfielder Will Hughes is again linked with a move to the Etihad on Caught Offside who report: “Manchester City are closing in on the capture of Derby County’s talented teenage midfielder Will Hughes in a £7million deal.
“Central midfielder Hughes is one of the brightest talents in British football having come through the ranks at Derby and starred in the Championship at the age of 17.
“And Manchester City have jumped to the head of the queue to sign Hughes, already an England under-21 international, during the transfer window and beat off competition from city rivals Manchester United, Tottenham, Fulham and Barcelona, who have also had scouts at Pride Park to watch him.”
Any official transfer business, you will, of course, hear about it first on mcfc.co.uk