City and Chelsea chase St Etienne striker
- Tue 12 Mar 2013, 9:10AM
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
After the comfortable win over Barnsley dominated headlines at the weekend, City reports are rather lighter on the ground this morning.
In transfer news, the blues will do battle with Chelsea to sign Saint-Etienne striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to the Sun.
The paper notes: “Reports in France revealed City were tracking the striker, 23, who has scored 32 league goals this season.
“But they will have to fend off the Blues, who watched him on Friday when he scored in a 2-2 draw at Rennes. Borussia Dortmund are also interested.”
Elsewhere, City are chasing UAE youngster Omar Abdulrahman to boost their squad in the summer according to reports today.
Website Arabianbusiness.com reports: “Speaking to magazine Sport360, the football club’s academy chief Brian Marwood described 21-year old Abdulrahman as “a real talent”.
“The attacking midfielder, who currently plays for UAE Pro League side Al Ain, spent two weeks on trial in Manchester in August last year.
“‘We had seen him at various tournaments but obviously we saw him closer to home at the Olympics and he did very, very well,’ Marwood told the publication.
“‘I think he enjoyed the experience, we enjoyed having him with us. He is a very talented young player,’ he added.”
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Meanwhile, Stoke keeper Jack Butland has revealed that he chose not to join the Blues because of Joe Hart’s talents between the posts.
The 20-year-old joined the Potters in January but is spending the remainder of the season on loan to Birmingham in search of regular first team football.
The Daily Mail’s Thom Drake writes: “Jack Butland rejected Manchester City and Chelsea in January to join Stoke City for £3.5million to develop his game and 'take it to the next level'.
“‘I turned Manchester City down about a year ago. Again I was flattered but Joe Hart is their undisputed No 1 and he was a main factor.’
“Stoke have arguably picked up Butland on the cheap, seeing as Birmingham are in no position to reject multi-million pound offers in their financial state.”
Sticking with the goalkeeper theme, Scunthorpe manager Brian Laws has plenty of praise for City EDS stopper Eirik Holmen Johansen, who joined the club on loan last week and made his debut against Coventry on Saturday.
Chris Sumpter writes on thisisscunthorpe.co.uk: “Saturday's game with Coventry City was Johansen's league debut, though he has represented his country at Under-21 level.
“And although he was beaten by a deflected strike and a second-half Leon Clarke header that won the game for the Sky Blues, otherwise his afternoon was pretty quiet.
“‘I was delighted with his performance,’ said Laws.
“‘He was gutted because he wanted to keep a clean sheet, obviously, but I see good, positive signs.
“‘I think he’ll give us some strength at the back as well’”.
You can catch up with all City’s loaned out players in our weekly round up.