Blues set for double capital blow?
- 19 May 2014 09:34
- Posted by @dclayton_mcfc
Could City be dealt a double capital blow this summer?
There are plenty of suggestions that Chelsea and Arsenal could be set to disrupt the Blues’ summer rebuilding plans with one alleged target quoted as saying he’d prefer London to Manchester and a firm City crowd favourite linked with a move to the Gunners.
Let’s start with London24 who report that Eliaquim Mangala, linked with the Blues for the best part of a year, would choose Stamford Bridge rather than the Etihad if he were given the choice.
The article reads: “The £35million-rated France international was close to joining City in January but eventually stayed in Portugal.
“Mangala admits he is a big fan of the Premier League – and he says his preference would be to move to London with Chelsea.
‘City or Chelsea? Chelsea because it is London,’ Mangala told Bein Sports when asked which club he would rather play for.
It is true that I love the Premier League because it is a spectacular championship. In January, there were discussions with City, but it fell through because the two clubs could not reach an agreement
‘Every player wants to play in the biggest clubs. I am an ambitious player and the team that can help me win titles is the one that interests me.’”
Expect that story to rumble on.
More worryingly still for City fans, is the report in The Guardian that James Milner is looking to leave the champions.
The popular midfielder featured in 44 matches last season in all competitions, but Daniel Taylor suggests he could be considering a fresh challenge next season.
Writes Taylor: “Arsenal want to sign Milner from Manchester City after the England midfielder informed the newly crowned Premier League champions he would like a transfer. Liverpool are also interested but Arsenal, the FA Cup winners, are leading the way as it stands.
“Milner's decision creates a serious issue for City at a time when they are already struggling to meet the stipulations set by the Premier League and Uefa about meeting the homegrown player rule. If Milner left, Joe Hart could be the only Englishman left at the club with any chance of playing regularly next season.
“City would be reluctant to lose Milner even without those regulations and hope the offer of a lucrative four-year contract will persuade him to change his mind.”
Let’s hope the above is more speculation than anything else.
Let’s end with a less negative story from Sqwaka. Though it’s a little vague (‘according to reports’ etc), the report links the Blues to a player who is greatly admired in English football.
It reads: “According to reports, Manchester City are stepping up their interest in Everton left-back Leighton Baines.
“City look set to offload a fair proportion of their English personnel in the summer (Joleon Lescott, Michah Richards and Gareth Barry), which could impact their ability to adhere to the Premier League’s homegrown rules.
“Signing Leighton Baines would help in this regard while improving an already formidable first-choice defence.
“Gael Clichy and Aleksandar Kolarov shared the left-back duties last season, but Baines’ arrival at the club would surely demote this pair to back-up responsibilities.
“The 29-year-old signed a new four-year contract in January, keeping him at Goodison Park until 2018.”
That’s all for today – more gossip and rumours on the Blues tomorrow.