Transfer Window: Day 13
- 13 January 2014 09:05
- Posted by @dclayton_mcfc
It’s day 13 of the January transfer window already and the gossip today ranges from the outlandish to the plausible in equal measure.
We’ll begin with the highly unlikely prospect of City attempting to sign Bayern Munich keeper Manuel Neuer by asking the question – why?
City are surely not in the market for any keepers, let alone one you’d assume as unobtainable as the current No.1 of the European champions.
But we’re not here to sift through the wheat from the chaff – just to report what’s making the headlines.
So Caughtoffside.com’s story gets an airing here with Steven Green writing: “Manchester City are set to miss out on Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer after he has emerged as a target for La Liga champions Barcelona.
“The 27-year-old is widely recognised as one of the best goalkeepers in the world right now but reports in Germany believe that he could be on his way out of the Allianz Arena at the end of the season as coach Pep Guardiola is keen on being reunited with his former number one Victor Valdes.
“The Spanish international is available on a free transfer this summer and has made his intention to leave the Nou Camp known and Bayern have emerged as the favourites to land his signature.”
In the waste bin with that one, then!
John Guidetti has featured strongly in transfer gossip since day one of this window but today’s reports suggest he is close to joining a Premier League rival on loan for the remainder of the season.
The Independent’s Simon Rice writes: “Stoke City have pulled off a coup by landing Manchester City striker Guidetti on loan until the end of the season, according to reports.
“Potters manager Mark Hughes appears to have used his links at the club he used to manage to bring in the Swedish youngster.
“Guidetti has been among the most sought after players in the current transfer window having impressed during his previous loan spells away from the Etihad. During the 2011/12 campaign he scored 20 goals in 23 games for Feyenoord.”
Sports Direct.com’s Mark Brus continues the theme, but suggests it could be pasta rather than Potters for the Blues’ striker: “Lazio are the latest club to be linked with a move for Manchester City youngster John Guidetti, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.
“The Swedish international has not managed to earn a first-team breakthrough during his time at the Etihad Stadium, and looks increasingly likely to leave the club in this January's transfer window.
Premier League clubs such as West Ham United, Fulham and Sunderland have also been linked with the 21-year-old, but a switch to Serie A may now be on the cards
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Finally, Alan Pardew was keen to apologise to City boss Manuel Pellegrini following his touchline spat during yesterday’s match.
“The 52-year-old aimed an expletive-laden volley at the Chilean during the first half of his side’s controversial 2-0 Barclays Premier League defeat by the new leaders yesterday afternoon.
“A contrite Pardew said: ‘I hear that it’s been picked up a little bit, and I apologise for my comments 100 per cent.
‘It was a heat of the moment thing. We just had words that we always have as managers, to a degree. I have apologised to him and fortunately for myself, he has accepted that.’”
City v Blackburn
City take on Blackburn in the FA Cup 3rd round replay on Wednesday 15 January – don’t miss the chance to cheer the Blues on as Manuel Pellegrini’s side chases a possible Wembley double. Adult prices start from £15 and Under-16s are just £5. Details here.