Kolo's Mersey paradise?
- 21 May 2013 10:15
- Posted by @dcalyton_mcfc
Could Kolo Toure be set to extend his Premier League career – but in red rather than blue?
With speculation the Ivory Coast will almost certainly leave City in the summer, a surprise candidate for his signature has emerged in the form of Liverpool.
With Kolo’s first-team opportunities limited at the Etihad and his contract expiring, it seems there may be some weight behind claims in several of today’s stories linking him with Anfield.
“The Manchester City centre-back can leave on a free, now his contract is up. And Liverpool boss Rodgers wants him to help plug the gap left in the heart of his backline by the retiring Jamie Carragher.
The Anfield veteran, 35, played his final game on Sunday — and Rodgers admitted he faces a massive task in filling his boots
The first the story of the summer with the immortal lines ‘test their resolve’ – a phrase, like many others, you only seem to hear in football – appears in the Daily Mirror this morning with John Cross the guilty party.
He suggests Barcelona may try to tempt City to sell captain Vincent Kompany with an offer during the summer months. Writes Cross:” Barcelona are ready to make a £20million move for Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany.
“The Spanish giants will step up their attempts to sign a player they have been linked with for months, after identifying Kompany as their No1 summer target to strengthen their defence.
“Barca have been alerted by Kompany growing unhappy at City under now-sacked manager Roberto Mancini and will now test the deposed Premier League champions' resolve to keep the Belgian defender.”
Considering the comments Kompany made towards the end of the season, it seems unlikely he will be going anywhere for quite some time.
The Daily Express columnist Mick Dennis has written a nice snippet about the Blues that deserves another airing here. He writes: “I blagged very posh seats for Norwich’s last game of the season. On arrival in the chairman’s room at the Etihad, I told Vicky Kloss, Manchester City’s very able head of communications, everything would be off the record.
"But I am breaking that promise – to report how everyone associated with the home club behaved. They had lost the FA Cup, lost their manager and then watched their players lose the plot in the match. But they were gracious, friendly and genuinely congratulatory to their guests. City do have the one thing money can’t buy. Class.”