Transfer Window: Day 30
- 30 January 2014 08:23
- Posted by @dclayton_mcfc
With little over 24 hours before the January Transfer Window closes, the world media speculates that the Blues could yet do some business.
If City do sign anybody, it will be a close-run thing with the minutes ticking by – but so much business is done on the final day as brinkmanship reaches a peak, anything is possible.
Sportsvibe believe long-time alleged target Eliaquim Mangala could be the subject of a late bid by City. They write: “Porto have started negotiations with defender Eliaquim Mangala over the possibility of signing a new contract in order to stop Premier League giants Manchester City from finally completing a deal.
“TalkSport reports that City are considering a £38million bid to beat Manchester United and Chelsea to the French star in the final few days of the current transfer window.
“Reports in Portugal suggest Porto president Pinto da Costa is unwilling to let the 22-year-old leave this month but is open to a summer transfer with Porto amidst a tough title battle with Benfica and Sporting Lisbon.
If reports of a Manchester City bid are true, they would match the club’s record transfer fee paid for Sergio Aguero in 2011
The Manchester Evening News follow a similar thread with Paul Handler writing: “City are set to launch a late January transfer window bid for Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala, according to a report.
“The Blues have been monitoring the 22-year-old France international for a while and it is thought a summer move is more likely.
“The player himself is keen to stay focused on his bid to represent France at the World Cup this summer.
“However, City are hopeful that a £38m bid might tempt Porto to sell even though they value the player at £45m.”
Most unlikely story of the day is on Sports Pulse who still believe Edin Dzeko could possibly leave the Etihad during this window – this despite the Bosnian grabbing his 17th of the season against Spurs last night.
Still, they write: “German club are confident that Dzeko will move to the Westfalenstadion in the winter transfer window, and the player himself is willing to take a pay-cut in order to force the move, according to Bild.
“The Bosnian has not had a regular starting place since his arrival at the Etihad Stadium, but has still scored a fair number of goals during his time at Manchester City. The 27-year-old has scored 56 goals, out of which 54 have come from the bench.”
Hmm – very doubtful!
Moving on, the same website link yet another Porto defender with a move to the Blues.
They report: “Premier League trio Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City have all been handed a boost after transfer target Nicolas Otamendi has seen his proposed move to Valencia fall through.
“The Argentine defender was on the verge of securing a move to La Liga but the deal fell through in the final stages due to a dispute over wages.
And that could mean the Porto defender has been given the all clear for a move to the Premier League if the top sides are still interested
“Manchester City seems like the most likely destination for the 25-year-old after reports emerged that Manuel Pellegrini was linked with a double swoop for Otamendi and Eliaquim Mangala.”
Finally, we can’t end our scour of the Press without a final word on City’s masterful display at White Hart Lane last night.
The BBC chief football writer Phil McNulty succinctly reports: “And there was nothing "19th century" about the manner of the 5-1 beating of Tottenham at White Hart Lane that put them there. This was modern, 21st-century football at its finest, "the best team on the planet" according to beaten manager Tim Sherwood.
“This claim will be put to the test when City face Barcelona in the last 16 of the Champions League - but they have already beaten holders Bayern Munich in their own Allianz Arena and are now producing a collection of work that suggests there is no-one to touch them in this country.
“The meetings between City and Barcelona promise to be a purist's delight and there is a growing feeling that Pellegrini's brilliant side have a serious chance of beating the Catalans, such is the scale of the talent and goal-scoring threat in their squad.”