Express: City chasing Valencia starlet
- 19 November 2013 09:08
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
Roll up, roll up for your daily dose of transfer speculation…
We begin with claims that City will go toe-to-toe with QPR in the race to sign Valencia starlet Carles Gil – that is, if a report in the Daily Express is to be believed.
The story also mentions another (as yet) unnamed English club that is showing interest in the young Spaniard, who is catching the eye while on loan at La Liga side Elche this season.
Writes Ben Jefferson: “The 20-year-old has impressed both at Elche and with Spain's Under-21s this season and reports in that country suggest that Gil is being closely watched by both City and QPR.
“Gil will remain at Elche into the end of this season completing the second of a two year agreement but his contract with Valencia runs until June 2016.
“However, Gil's release clause currently stands at just £6.7m and that has alerted a host of Spanish clubs as well as City and QPR to the possibility of a bargain.
“Valencia president Amadeo Salvo insists that Gil won't be leaving the Mestalla despite Los Che's financial problems.
“Salvo said: "Carles Gil is ours and next year he will play in our first team.””
That clears that up then….
Elsewhere, with recent reports Leo Messi was unhappy at Barcelona and a move to the Blue side of Manchester could be a possibility, it’s perhaps the least surprising story of the day that the Argentine has issued a swift denial.
The Barcelona star is currently facing a spell on the sidelines with an injury, and the international break has served as the perfect time for paper talk to stir up speculation about his future.
Hannah Duncan explains in the Metro: “The rumours suggested Messi was unhappy with the pressure of being forced to play through injuries at the Nou Camp, resulting in him suffering with a string of muscular issues this season and most recently being ruled out for two months with a hamstring problem.
“But Messi denied reports he has been pushed to the limit, indicating any move to Manchester City or the Premier League is not on the cards.
“‘It’s not good to pick up an injury, but I wouldn’t have done anything differently,’ he said.
“‘I’m not the only player who plays a lot of games in a season. Everyone playing in La Liga does the same.’”
Finally, with City’s strikers hitting the headlines for all the right reasons, and competition for places hotting up, reports have emerged that John Guidetti could look for regular first team football elsewhere.
The EDS striker is still making his comeback from injury and was an unused sub for Sweden u21s on Friday afternoon, although will hope to play a part in today’s fixture against Malta.
Stoke and Sunderland have been named as interested parties for his signature, together with clubs across the continent - according to the Daily Star.
David Wright reports: “The 21-year-old has been sent out on loan three times since arriving at the Sky Blues and especially impressed in his latest stint at Feyenoord in the 2011/12 season where he scored 20 goals for the Dutch outfit.
“Guidetti's future in the Premier League looked promising after his stint in Holland, but he has since spent 18 months on the sidelines and remains uncapped for City's first team.
“A host of European clubs are said to be interested in the hot prospect, with the Potters and Black Cats set to take advantage of his need of first-team football.”
Remember, this is just paper talk and no ins or outs are confirmed until you read it here on mcfc.co.uk!
That’s about it for today, no doubt more of the same tomorrow…