Mail: City keen to capture Cole?
- 21 May 2014 07:55
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
Welcome to another episode of transfer gossip central.
With Premier League football done and dusted until August, and World Cup action still a few weeks away, the back pages are treating us to an daily omnibus of this particular show, and don’t expect it to stop any time soon!
Away from the rumours, plenty of media outlets have picked up on our Chairman's comments, particularly concerning UEFA's FFP rules. You can see what he said for yourself here, by watching our exclusive interview.
But there remains plenty of gossip around this morning, so first up and City have joined a host of clubs (well, seven at any rate) said to be chasing Ashley Cole, who is set to leave Chelsea on a free transfer this summer – at least, that’s what the Daily Mail are reporting anyway!
According to the report, Liverpool, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Arsenal are also keen on adding the defender to their ranks, but Cole’s relationship with EDS boss Patrick Vieira could reportedly swing the pendulum in City’s direction.
Rob Draper writes: “Manchester City are one of the clubs chasing Ashley Cole, who confirmed this week that he will be leaving Chelsea after eight years.
“The 33-year-old left back, who retired from international duty with 107 England caps having been left out of Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad, is out of contract and attracting interest from Liverpool, Monaco and New York Red Bulls.
“But Cole remains close to Manchester City Under-21 coach Patrick Vieira, with whom he played at Arsenal, and the connection between the two could sway Cole's decision.”
Hmm. I suspect a few more clubs may be linked in the next few weeks until Ashley signs a new deal somewhere.
Everton are apparently keen to regain the midfielder’s services, but Newcastle are batting their eyelids and trying to tempt him with the attractions of the North East.
Reports James Nursey: “Newcastle and Everton are set to battle it out to land Jack Rodwell this summer.
“The midfielder is ready to quit Manchester City for first team football.
“The 23-year-old has made just seven Premier League starts for City since joining for £12million in summer 2012 - from Everton, where he came up though the youth ranks to become a full England international - and wants to revive his career.”
Yaya Toure is also gracing back pages aplenty today after yesterday's claims by his agent about a missed birthday. However, the Mirror explains his birthday was definitely not forgotten, and he isn't likely to be going anywhere this summer.
David McDonnell writes: "Despite Toure’s agent claiming the Mancunian Blues insulted him by ignoring his birthday, the club wished him congratulations on their official Twitter feed and on their Facebook page, where the posting attracted more than 130,000 ‘likes’ - the most they have ever received.
"Footage also emerged of the club presenting Toure with a cake and singing happy birthday to him - accompanied by members of the cabin crew - on the flight to Adu Dhabi, refuting his agent’s claim they had forgotten the occasion.
"City feel under no pressure to respond to the claims of Toure or his agent, with senior figures at the club insisting the club will not be pressured into letting the Ivory Coast World Cup star leave."
Sticking with the Daily Mirror, today’s last titbit concerns a potential move for Ryan Shawcross.
Is that a new name to be added to the (lengthy) list of players to be linked with City in the last six months? I think so, but it’s getting tricky to keep track.
The article links both the Blues and the Magpies with a potential move for the Stoke defender, who was named Potters’ Player of the Year for his performances last term.
Alex Richards writes: “The 26-year-old has grown to become a vital member of the Potters defence since arriving, initially on loan, from Manchester United in 2007. He has since made over 200 Premier League appearances for the Staffordshire club.
“Stoke boss Mark Hughes won't want to lose his defensive rock, but will know that he can't afford to match City, who can offer both Champions League football and a hefty wage increase.”
As ever, these are just rumours and no ins or outs are confirmed until you read it right here on mcfc.co.uk!
That concludes another enjoyable episode, but I suspect there will be another, same time, same place tomorrow…