Transfer Window: Day 26
- 26 January 2014 08:40
- Posted by @roline_mcfc
It's no surprise that the headlines are dominated by City's stunning FA Cup comeback against Watford, but there are a few transfer rumours flying around...
Let's start with the Daily Mail, who claim that City are still interested in signing Southampton defender Luke Shaw with the option of loaning him back to the Saints.
Writes Rob Shepherd: "Luke Shaw could become English football's most expensive defender as soon as this week.
"Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea are all hovering around the left back - who could yet break into England’s World Cup squad.
"Tottenham are also very keen to land Shaw, but given the size of his fee is now likely to exceed £30million that could put Spurs out of the equation.
"Although Southampton’s reluctant owner Katharina Liebherr has vowed not to sell any players during the transfer window in the wake of the departure of chief executive Nicola Cortese, a bid of over £30m would be hard to resist - especially if the player was loaned back until the end of the season.
"City have indicated they don’t want to do any big business in this window while Chelsea say their activities are over.
"But both clubs could agree a buy and lease back deal."
Scribes Bernstein: "Martinez regards the 32-year-old midfielder as the club’s most influential performer this season, ahead of top scorer Romelu Lukaku and rising star Ross Barkley, and is baffled why Barry is not in the England set-up.
"The Spaniard has told Barry, whose City contract runs out in the summer, he is wanted at Goodison, having impressed as a defensive shield and popped up with goals.
"Barry has been in such impressive form this season that he still hasn't given up hopes of being selected for England manager Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad."
Claims David Walker: "Manchester City’s Ivory Coast midfielder wants to bow out for his country on a high and has admitted that if his nation performs well in Brazil then it could be a fitting swansong to a career that has already realised 82 caps.
"That would be a major boost to City, with the African Cup of Nations scheduled to be staged in Morocco next winter.
"The City talisman thought about quitting international football in 2012, when he missed four crucial weeks, which saw the Blues knocked out of the FA Cup by Manchester United and lose in the semi-finals of the League Cup to Liverpool.
"But he found it impossible to walk away when Ivory Coast’s golden generation suffered a penalty shoot-out defeat to Zambia in the final."
That's all for today! As always, if there's ever any truth in these rumours, we'll have it here first on mcfc.co.uk.
City take on Sunderland in the Premier League on Wednesday 12 February in what will be a dress rehearsal for the Capital One Cup Final in March.
Can the Blues avenge the Stadium of Light defeat earlier this season? A night match under the lights at the Etihad and a preview of the forthcoming final - demand is expected to be high as Manuel Pellegrini's side attempt to continue their incredible run.
Don't miss out - ticket details can be found here...