Jesus coming to the Etihad?
- 03 June 2013 08:21
- Posted by @markbooth_mcfc
Reports suggest that City could be on the verge of dipping into the transfer market for the first time this summer.
The small matter of not having a manager yet hasn’t stopped various media outlets reporting that a deal for Sevilla speedster Jesus Navas is likely.
“Manuel Pellegrini wants to make the £25million-rated star one of his first signings at the Etihad,” the story in today’s Sun reads.
“And Sevilla boss Unai Emery admits the Spain winger, 27, is likely to go. He said: “Everything indicates he will leave.”
Navas himself said: “Manchester City are a team I like.”
Further quotes attributed to the highly rated player appear in the Daily Mail.
“They [City] have put everything into trying to sign me so that I can be there and that is welcome,” he reportedly declared.
One thing is for sure, Jesus would be a British tabloid sub editors’ dream come true...
Elsewhere, Joe Hart has been deservedly bagging himself the headlines after his incredible performance for England in the Maracana last night.
City and England’s no.1 defied his critics with a string of fine saves from Neymar, Hulk and Oscar to help the Three Lions to a credible draw in the World Cup hosts’ back yard.
Mirror journalist Steve Bates was among the journalists to make Joe his man of the match, awarding him a 9/10 rating with the following comments.
“A heroic performance from the Manchester City star stopped a certain drubbing. First half saves from Neymar, Filipe Luis, Hulk and Oscar underpinned an immense display. 9*”
You can read our report of the game here.
Javi was named in the provisional 26-man selection but will miss out on the tournament in Brazil along with Benat and Xabi Alonso, meaning David Silva is the only City man featuring in the competition.
Finally, Vincent Kompany is keen for the new City manager, whoever that may be, to be given funds to go out and strengthen the team.
"I've seen every single club strengthen every season," Kompany is reported to have said on the ESPN website. "Teams can come from nowhere and win the league.
"You cannot rule out Liverpool, Tottenham and even Everton were really good this year. Then you have the usuals like Arsenal, Chelsea and United."
"But there is a chance to strengthen our team and compete again for the league."
We’ll have all of the City-centric transfer news first here on mcfc.co.uk this summer.