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Star: City target Valdes keen to move on

  • 17 September 2013 09:00
  • Posted by @porter_mcfc

City have been given a boost in the chase for reported target Victor Valdes, according to this morning’s reports.

Only a few days ago, City were linked with Real Madrid keeper Iker Casillas, who has added fuel to speculation he may seek a January move.

Now, it only seems appropriate that today’s media round-up brings you similar news about his La Liga rival, Barcelona stopper Victor Valdes.

According to the Daily Star, the 31-year-old has reiterated his desire to depart the Nou Camp at the end of the current campaign, and City are said to be monitoring the situation.  

Writes Oliver Barnet: “The Spaniard is out of contract at the end of next season and had been linked with a move to the Premier League, including Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City.

“And the 31-year-old has made it clear he won't change his mind about leaving the La Liga outfit next summer.

“Speaking to reporters after Barca's 3-2 win over Sevilla, he said: ‘I have spoken with the club without problems but my choice has not changed - I am happy for this season and after, I leave.’”

Staying with a Spanish flavour this morning, Juventus have moved to squash rumours of a loan deal for Fernando Llorente.

The Spain striker is rumoured to be unhappy in Turin, and has been linked with a temporary switch to the Etihad Stadium.

Ben Jefferson reports in the Daily Express: “Llorente is reportedly unhappy in Italy after joining on a free transfer from Athletic Bilbao at the start of the summer and could already be looking to move on.

“City were linked with a surprise loan bid before the end of the transfer window, but it is now thought that Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea are also monitoring the situation.

“However, Juventus director general Beppe Marotta has once again moved to downplay the rumours, claiming he always expected the player to take time to settle.

“Marotta said: ‘When we sign a player and hand him a four-year contract, we're evidently not looking for immediate results in the space of one or two months.’”

As ever, when any deals are confirmed you can read about them first right here on mcfc.co.uk.

Finally, all Blue eyes will be on Plzen this evening as City take on the Czech Champions in the first of this season’s Champions League fixtures.

Manuel Pellegrini has warned against taking this evening’s opponents lightly, and the IB Times has backed him up by looking at Viktoria Plzen’s biggest threat, centre back Marian Cisovsky.

Pellegrini

Tony Mogan predicts: “While goal prevention will be top of his agenda, Cisovksy has also proven to be quite the goal threat, finding the back of the net five times during the club's six Champions League qualifiers. Given City's defensive concerns in the early stages of the campaign, the six foot one inch defender may fancy his chances.”

For more on tonight’s opposition, read our preview from a Czech football expert, @theczechup here

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