City ahead in race for Falcao?
- 24 March 2013 08:56
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
In the absence of Premier League action and with City stars scattered around the globe, transfer news once again comes to the centre of attention in Sunday’s media round-up.
Top of the pile is Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao, who is set to snub Chelsea leaving City in pole position for his signature – according to the Sunday People.
The paper’s Simon Mullock writes: “The Blues boss Roberto Mancini is a long-term admirer of the Atletico Madrid front-man and will not want a repeat of last summer when he missed out on a host of top targets.
“Now his hopes of bringing £50million-rated Falcao to the Etihad have been boosted by reports in Spain claiming that the 27-year-old has told his club that he isn’t open to a move to Chelsea.
“City view the European champions as their biggest threat in the battle to land Falcao.
“They lost out to Chelsea last summer in the race to sign Eden Hazard and, with Carlos Tevez and Edin Dzeko set to follow Mario Balotelli out of the club, the search for striking reinforcements has already started.
“Napoli’s Edinson Cavani is also high on Mancini’s wanted list, with Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain and Robert Lewandowski of Borussia Dortmund also being viewed as possibilities.”
The same paper also reports that Newcastle are set to join the race for Joleon Lescott.
Everton and Aston Villa are reputedly keen to sign the defender when the transfer window opens again in the summer.
“Lescott, 31 in August, has been eyeing a return to Goodison Park despite his acrimonious £24m departure in 2009,” writes Steve Bates.
“But that prospect is clouded with uncertainty as Everton chief Moyes is unsure about his own career path.
“And that’s alerted Toon boss Alan Pardew and Villa manager Paul Lambert. Everton remain Lescott’s top choice and if Moyes stays he could still get his wish.”
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Finally, City and England no.1 Joe Hart has been warning against complacency ahead of the Three Lions’ encounter with Montenegro on Tuesday.
Talksport’s website reports: “Roy Hodgson’s side may find themselves either five points behind or a point clear depending on the result of Tuesday’s match, and the Manchester City keeper insists England will not take their foot off the gas as they look to secure their trip to Brazil next summer.
"‘Tuesday is big, an exciting game for us. We are getting closer to the World Cup finals,” Hart said following England’s 8-0 victory over San Marino.
"‘We've got to perform. Maybe we could be accused of taking our foot off the pedal as we let a 2-0 advantage slip away against them last time when we needed just a point.
"‘That is not going to be the case this time. We've got a job on our hands in an intimidating arena, but we've definitely got the capabilities.’”