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Day 4: Mario out, Edin in?

  • 04 January 2014 08:47
  • Posted by @dclayton_mcfc

There’s very little of substance in this morning’s transfer rumours.

Of the few snippets around, one that is bound to catch the eye is Forza Italian Football’s suggestion that one City player could potentially replace an ex-Blue with plenty of ifs and maybes included.

On a scale of one to ten, the chances are probably one – but as it concerns our old friend Mario, here it is. They write: “AC Milan could seek to replace Mario Balotelli with Manchester City forward Edin Dzeko should the Italian leave.

“Recent reports suggest the agent of Balotelli met to discuss a January move to Galatasaray yet talks remain speculative.

“According to Corriere dello Sport the Rossoneri could look to bring in Bosnian striker Dzeko as a replacement.

“The 27 year-old has grown tired of his lack of playing time in England with both Sergio Aguero and now Alvaro Negredo ahead in the pecking order.

“Dzeko has been linked with il Diavolo in the past and was even seen sporting his own Milan jersey during his time at Wolfsburg.

“Club vice-president Adriano Galliani has categorically refused to sell Balotelli despite the striker’s poor form and attitude.”

Interestingly, the only other story worth airing also includes former City boss Roberto Mancini, with Sports Direct.com suggesting in-demand Joleon Lescott is a target for Galatasaray.

Ignatius J Reilly writes: “Lescott is ready to snub interest from the Turkish giants, managed by ex-Blues boss Mancini.

Reports emerging from Turkey suggest the Italian is keen to secure the services of the England international, either on a loan deal or a permanent transfer.

“The pair worked together for the entirety of Mancini’s three-and-a-half year tenure, but their working relationship deteriorated in the final months and Lescott was regularly overlooked for a starting berth.

“Chances have also been few and far between under current City chief Manuel Pellegrini, who succeeded Mancini in the summer.”

More of the same tomorrow…

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