Transfer Window: Day 27
- Sun 27 Jan 2013, 9:14AM
- Posted by @dclayton_MCFC
As Thursday’s deadline draws ever nearer, the transfer rumours involving City appear to have shifted up a couple of gears with Christian Benteke, Asmir Begovic and Edinson Cavani linked with late moves to the Blues.
Central to the reports, it appears, are alleged quotes from Mario Balotelli’s agent suggesting a late switch to AC Milan could still happen – this despite Roberto Mancini’s insistence his striker is going nowhere.
The spark to the latest Mario stories is the Sunday Mirror quote: “And Balotelli’s agent Mino Raiola said: ‘Until January 31, anything can happen, we are monitoring.’”
The Observer’s Jamie Jackson adds fuel: “Milan will this week offer Manchester City €20m (£17m) for Mario Balotelli as the Italian club finally make concrete their desire to bring the striker to San Siro.
“The bid is less than City's £24m valuation though the English champions will note that Milan's intent to sign him is serious: the price is same amount Balotelli cost them from Internazionale in the summer of 2010.
Milan may yet be able to increase their offer by around €4m, which would meet City in the middle
Paul Hetherington takes things a step further, adding: “But the Daily Star Sunday understands City boss Roberto Mancini would only sanction such a move if he had a replacement in first.
“The striker he wants is Napoli’s Uruguay star Edinson Cavani. And City already have a £40million offer on the table for Cavani, 25.”
Tired of the Mario rumours? Matt Law in the Sunday Mirror suggests a new name on the radar…
“Aston Villa are being circled by Premier League vultures preparing swoops for Christian Benteke.
Tottenham, Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool have all been alerted by Benteke’s brilliant start to life in England with crisis club Villa
“Striker Benteke is one of the signings of the season, having already netted 11 goals including a brace against Liverpool at Anfield.
“Tottenham have so far shown the strongest interest, but Arsenal, City and Liverpool will also watch him carefully until the end of the season.”
“They want the 25-year-old Bosnian international to provide competition for Joe Hart and David de Gea.
“Stoke boss Tony Pulis is determined to keep Begovic, who cost £3million from Portsmouth three years ago.
“At Stoke, Begovic is guaranteed a regular starting place, which he couldn’t count on at the Etihad or Old Trafford.”
Plenty for you to chew over there as you sift through the Sunday papers and websites – and there’ll be more tomorrow…