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  • 15 July 2014 07:55
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Another day, another heap of City-related transfer speculation. So according to today's headlines, who's on the move?

Well, Stuart Brennan of the Manchester Evening News believes City are considering Ross Barkley and Paul Pogba as long-term replacements for Yaya Toure.

Now before you all start panicking, take note of the following line: "The club has no intention of selling Yaya this summer, but at the age of 31, they need to plan for the future now."

Continues Brennan: "The Blues have kept a watching brief on Pogba but have not sounded out his club Juventus about the availability of their 21-year-old star. He would fit the bill perfectly, as a dynamic box-to-box midfielder who has upped his goalscoring rate.

"The fact that he also qualifies as a home-grown player, due to his three seasons at Old Trafford, simply adds to the attraction for any English club aiming to sign him.

"City have already put out feelers about 20-year-old England ace Barkley, but Everton quoted an outrageous price.


"With a transfer spending cap of £49million imposed by UEFA as part of their punishment for breaching financial fair play rules, City cannot afford to buy the Scouser unless they raise funds through player sales.

"The Blues will take their summer spending to around £44million, with the purchase of Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala expected to be completed soon.

"Mangala, who will cost around £30million, had a medical in Manchester at the weekend and has now gone on holiday as the two clubs work through a deal which is complicated by the fact the player is partly owned by a third party.

"But if the Blues raise sufficient funds, they could still stage a late raid for Barkley – although it now seems more likely he will be their prime target for next summer."

I guess we'll just have to wait and see!

Elsewhere, in the Independent's mid-season report, Tom Sheen has shared his thoughts on City's confirmed signings.

Reflecting on the capture of Fernando, he states: "Nicknamed 'The Octopus', Fernando is the kind of midfield destroyer City have been missing since they sold Nigel de Jong.

"Fernandinho was impressive in his debut season in England, driving forward as well as covering for Yaya Toure, but Fernando will offer more solidity and know-how when City have to sit back and soak up pressure on big European nights."

On Bacary Sagna, he declares: "It remains to be seen whether he will replace fan favourite Pablo Zabaleta, who missed just three matches in the Premier League last season, at right back or whether he has been brought in because of his versatility.

"Sagna can play all across the back four and is exceptional at getting up and down the wing."

And on Willy Caballero, he asserts: "Manuel Pellegrini proved he was not afraid of dropping Joe Hart last season when the England No 1’s form stuttered.

"Costel Pantilimon has moved to Sunderland and Caballero, who Pellegrini knows from his time at Malaga, is a noticeable upgrade. Will likely begin as the No 2 but will keep Hart at his best."

And finally, Ed Malyon of the Mirror has put together an interesting article, entitled: "Which World Cup star should YOUR club buy in the summer transfer window?"

Hmmm... well, that's not up to me to be honest! I needn't fear though, as Malyon has decided already.

He claims: "Well they can buy pretty much but anyone they want anyway but City probably need a centre-back this summer, as evidenced by their chase for Eliaquim Mangala and Mehdi Benatia. On the off chance they decide to completely change their mind, Mats Hummels is the obvious choice."

Cheers, Ed. I'll pass that on.

That's all for today. Check back to mcfc.co.uk again tomorrow for another round-up of City-related media speculation. In the meantime, have you made a note of the fixture changes?

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