Deadline Day: Is Demichelis City’s last signing of the summer?
- 02 September 2013 08:57
- Posted by @markbooth_mcfc
Will Sunday night’s swoop for Martin Demichelis be City’s last business of the transfer window?
That’s the question on Deadline Day which will see schoolchildren gather here alongside journalists at MCFC HQ, hoping to get their own transfer exclusives with camera phones.
Yes, it's the day that your brother's best friend's taxi driver's uncle saw Lionel Messi buying a can of Tango at Asda on Moss Side but there's not a great deal out there at the time of writing to get City supporters' pulses pumping.
Most in the media seem to agree that City’s spending is at an end but they do believe that there are a few outgoings in the pipeline.
Gareth Barry has been linked with a move out of the club for much of the summer and, with Marouane Fellaini looking likely to join Manchester United today, it’s thought that the England international could be heading to Everton on a season-long loan.
At least, that’s the belief of Chris Wheeler in the Daily Mail.
“Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry hopes to open talks with Everton this weekend ahead of a season-long loan to Goodison Park,” Wheeler reports.
“Barry, 32, is ready to take a drop in salary to make the move happen.
“Everton are also continuing negotiations with Wigan over a deal for James McCarthy but face competition from Newcastle and Tottenham.”
And… well, that's about it when it comes to transfer rumours involving City but rest assured that if any deals are done today, you’ll get news first here on mcfc.co.uk right up until the window slams shut at 11pm.
Most intrepid supporters will already know that Martin was named in the La Liga Team of the Season last year for his excellent performances at the heart of the Malaga defence, but Sam Marsden goes a little further, with some nice stats and diagrams comparing him to what City already have.
“Demichelis was the captain and leader of that back line,” Marsden writes.
“He won 75 % of the tackles he crashed in to, while also winning 64% of the 121 aerial duels he indulged in.
“In his 31 La Liga appearances he also exerted his authority by making 203 clearances, 68 interceptions and 21 blocks."
...Demichelis last season...
“In comparison to City’s defenders, Demichelis won the most tackles (76) and he also won 77 headers.”
Welcome to the club, Martin!
Finally, another little stat to keep your eye on courtesy of the Daily Mail’s “Number Crunching” section: “Man City have scored in their last 52 matches at the Etihad Stadium - the second-longest run in Premier League history.
“Rivals United hold the record with goals in 66 consecutive League games at Old Trafford from December 2009 to April 2013.”