Transfer Window: Day Eight
- Tue 08 Jan 2013, 8:20AM
- Posted by @mccarthy_mcfc
There are reports this morning that City have attempted to hijack a deal that would see Brazilian Rom Taison sign for Chelsea.
According to the Daily Mirror, the Blues have thrown a spanner in the works by making a late enquiry about the 24-year-old Metalist Kharkiv midfielder.
“Taison, 24, believed he was on his way to Stamford Bridge after Metalist Kharkiv agreed a deal with Chelsea who have also settled on personal terms with the Brazilian midfielder,” writes John Cross.
“But Metalist are understood to have suddenly asked for more money after City, Benfica and Shakhtar Donetsk all made enquiries.
“Chelsea owner Abramovich is aware of the last minute change and is desperate for Taison not to join their Premier League title rivals.
“Despite being uncapped by Brazil, Taison is in big demand and Metalist have told Chelsea to sort it out in the next 24 hours - or they will go elsewhere.”
Meanwhile, there are more rumours where Mario’s concerned. This time Napoli are named as the club most interested in bringing the striker back to his native Italy.
“Mario Balotelli could be on his way out of Manchester City after Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis appeared to open the door to the 22-year-old Italy striker moving to Italy,” reports ESPN.
“Balotelli's future has been cast under a cloud after his much-publicised training ground 'grapple' with manager Roberto Mancini last week, although Mancini insists the striker will be given "another 100 chances" by the club.
“But amid reports that both Chelsea and City are lining up mega-money bids for Napoli striker Edinson Cavani, De Laurentiis reiterated his desire to keep the Uruguayan striker at the club, and said he would welcome Balotelli at Stadio San Paolo.”
Finally this morning, The Daily Mail claims City midfielder Abdisalam Ibrahim is set to re-join Stromgodset on a six month loan deal.
“The Norway Under-21 international has been told he can leave the Etihad Stadium by Roberto Mancini,” Sami Mokbel reports.
“And Ibrahim will sign with the Norwegian side on a temporary basis until June 30.
“The 21-year-old recently returned from another loan spell with Stromgodset, where he scored three goals in 11 appearances.”
Remember, we here at mcfc.co.uk will make sure you are first to know if any transfers go through in the coming weeks.