Daily Star: City keen to land Di Maria?
- 14 May 2014 08:10
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
It’s been just a few days since Vincent Kompany held the Premier League trophy aloft, but it seems summer is in full swing, with World Cup squads slowly filtering through and of course, transfer gossip multiplying faster than bottles of sun cream.
Probably faster if you plan on staying in England for the summer.
First of all, reports in Spain, thoughtfully translated by the Daily Star, suggest City are one of three Premier League clubs chasing Real Madrid’s Angel Di Maria who could be prised away from the Bernabeu.
Arsenal and Chelsea are also said to be interested in signing the Argentine, who could be playing alongside a trio of City stars at the World Cup this summer – the winger has been named in his country's 30 man provisional squad alongside Sergio Aguero, Pablo Zabaleta and Martin Demichelis.
Jamie Sanderson reports: “Influential Spanish newspaper Marca confirmed that Di Maria is set to leave the Bernabeu in the summer, with a £32m price tag expected to seal the deal.
“Arsenal, Man City and Jose Mourinho's Chelsea are all considered to be front runners to bring Di Maria to the Premier League.
“Having seen their title challenge wither away, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger will be under pressure to splash out a similar amount of cash as they did for Mesut Ozil last season.
“Whilst Manuel Pellegrini and Mourinho will look to further strengthen their European hopes with an experienced Champions League campaigner.”
You didn’t think that was it, did you? Of course there’s more…
Inter Milan are said to have Alvaro Negredo in their sights after going off the idea of signing Chelsea’s Fernando Torres – that’s if a report on TalkSPORT’s website can be believed!
The Spanish striker has only been at the Etihad for a season and has probably just finished unpacking his final few boxes, but his performances this term have reportedly caught the eye of the Serie A side.
To be fair, why wouldn’t they?
The report reads: “The San Siro giants want a big-name striker to lead their charge next term and have been in pursuit of Torres in recent months.
“But now, according to sources in Italy, they have switched their attentions to Negredo, who had a productive debut season at the Etihad following his £20.6m move from Sevilla last summer.
“The Spaniard scored 23 goals in all competitions, but failed to find the back of the net in the final four months of the season.
“Inter were also keen on Negredo's team-mate Edin Dzeko, but Manuel Pellegrini now wants the Bosnian to stay following his decisive performances in the title run-in.”
As you all know by now I’m sure, this is just paper talk and nothing is confirmed until you read it right here on mcfc.co.uk!
Finally, as the dust settles on the title win and the blue ticker tape slowly vanishes from the streets in the wake of the parade, the Manchester Evening News has paid tribute to the spine of the team that was crowned Champions – even though they rarely played together.
The quartet of Joe Hart, Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero started just seven league games together all term. It probably won’t surprise you to learn the Blues won all seven games, scoring 23 times and conceding just five.
Pretty impressive stats, all things considered!
Stuart Brennan writes: “Manchester City are the champions of England despite playing most of the season with backbone problems.
“When the Blues were able to pick the world-class talents of Joe Hart, Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero in their starting line-up, they won every domestic game.”
The piece considers the importance of all four Blues stars, and you can read it in full here, but here’s Kompany’s snippet…
He continues: “Kompany’s importance to City is tangible. You don’t need any statistics to prove it, although, for the record, this season City lost three of the 28 league games in which he played, and lost three of the ten in which he was absent.
“Pellegrini’s shrewdest move was bringing in Martin Demichelis, a veteran defender who was ridiculed in some quarters earlier in the season but who became a mainstay of the defence during the title run-in.
“But Kompany’s influence extends beyond stopping the opposition from scoring goals – he is a born leader, an eloquent spokesman and a ferocious competitor.”