Mail: City to buy British this summer?
- 04 April 2014 07:19
- Posted by @markbooth_mcfc
You’d have thought that the most open title race in years would dominate the news on the day preceding another decisive weekend of Barclays Premier League action.
Arsenal, Chelsea, City and Liverpool are all in action over the next few days but the newspapers you’re waking up to seem more preoccupied with events set to take place in boardrooms across Europe when the football’s all done and dusted for another season.
The Daily Mail is particularly active on this front, linking City with a whole host of players, including a talented trio of English talents.
Luke Shaw and Ross Barkley are familiar names in our media round-ups this season, but Nottingham Forest’s youth international Jamaal Lascelles is a new one… on me, at least.
Mail journalist Sami Mokbel believes the Blues would move on these starlets to satisfy the league’s homegrown quota if they were to lose any existing domestic stock this summer.
Mokbel’s story reads: “The club are identifying summer targets to satisfy Premier League rules on homegrown players, with Southampton full back Luke Shaw, Everton midfielder Ross Barkley and Nottingham Forest defender Jamaal Lascelles in their sights.
“City nominated nine homegrown players in their squad at the start of the season but face losing several of them this summer.
“Dedryck Boyata, who qualifies as homegrown even though he is Belgian, has been offered a new deal despite playing only one league game this season.”
Leaving these shores behind, another player making a return to the MCFC media round-up carousel is Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala.
It’s the Daily Mail’s tireless scribe Sami Mokbel again who claims a deal for the former Standard Liege man is imminent.
“Manchester City are closing in on a deal for £20million-rated Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala,” he reports.
“Sources in Portugal claim sporting director Txiki Begiristain is in Porto with the remit of watching the highly-rated defender play against Sevilla in the Europa League.
“Mangala scored the winner for Luis Castro's side and Begiristain hopes to conclude a deal for the 23-year-old to join ahead of next season before returning to Manchester.”
More transfer gossip, you say? Well, you asked for it… try this one for size.
The Manchester Evening News are reporting that Txiki Begiristain is in talks with Monaco over the potential signing of Colombian striker Radamel Falcao.
Mike Keegan believes that City will go toe-to-toe with Chelsea for the 29-year old, despite the knee injury which could yet keep him out of the World Cup.
“Blues director of football Txiki Begiristain is reported to have met with the player, who cost Monaco £50m, and his agent in Madrid on Tuesday night,” Keegan asserts.
“The meeting has sparked a media frenzy in Spain while a Blues source told M.E.N. Sport clubs often meet players and agents.
“The Blues – and United – have also been linked with teenage Sao Paolo defender Lucas Silva. The 17-year-old captained Brazil’s Under-17s and is also said to have attracted the attention of Juventus.”
See what I did there? I just snuck another rumour in there without warning you. It’s that kind of morning.
As ever, you’ll only learn of confirmed transfers when the deals are done here on mcfc.co.uk this summer.
Let’s have some actual football before we sign off on today’s round-up…
Ace US Football YouTube channel Kick TV has produced a featurette on the subject of New York City FC’s Head Coach Jason Kreis’s six months embedded at City in preparation for the club’s 2015 launch in MLS.
The video features interviews with Jason, Patrick Vieira and Ferran Soriano, behind the scenes footage at Carrington, and is well worth nine minutes of your time.
That’s all for today – we’ll have the manager’s pre-Southampton press conference on the site later today, along with plenty more build-up to tomorrow’s lunchtime kick-off.