talkSPORT: Clubs battle for Gundogan
- 18 February 2016 07:14
- Posted by @Handler_mcfc
With the Champions League kicking back into action this week, transfer speculation has dropped a level or two.
But undeterred, we have unearthed a few City-related nuggets for your perusal, including reported targets in Germany, Aleksandar Kolarov's unexpected run for the Serbian presidency and a combined City-Chelsea XI.
First to the Bundesliga, apparent scene of a classic 'transfer tug of war' over talented midfielder Ilkay Gundogan.
The playmaker has been an almost ever present in the gossip columns over the past few seasons but at just 25 years of age is still an attractive proposition.
talkSPORT report: "The Germany international has been drawing interest from Arsenal and Manchester City, as well as Italian champions Juventus, while Jurgen Klopp is keen to bring his former player to Anfield."
It might have been quicker to write who isn’t in for him – but either way, it will be interesting to see if there’s any movement during the summer transfer window.
Looking ahead to this Sunday’s FA Cup clash between Chelsea and City at Stamford Bridge, the Daily Star have had a go at a Combined XI.
If you are a City fan - and let’s face it if you’re reading this you should be – then I can guarantee one thing: you’ll have some issues with the selection!
But that is the point after all, so take a look and see what you think!
Elsewhere and City are keeping an eye on Bundesliga goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler, according to ESPN.
The website's Jonathan Smith reports: “Manchester City are among several Premier League clubs watching Hannover 96 goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler, sources have told ESPN FC.
“Zieler, also being watched by a number of German clubs, is one of the most highly-rated keepers in the Bundesliga despite his side being bottom of the table.
“The 27-year-old is expected to be part of the Germany squad at the European Championships in 2016, having previously been a back-up to Manuel Neuer in the 2014 World Cup-winning squad.
“Zieler 's agent Gunther Neuhaus believes the former Manchester United youth keeper would be ready for the challenge of competing with England's Joe Hart if he was to move to City in the summer, but said the German would not be interested in being a back-up player."
Over to Spain now, where reports suggest that Sevilla are keeping a close eye on their former winger Jesus Navas.
An article on sports website EatSleepSport reads: "Sevilla are trying to negotiate a cut-price deal to take Manchester City winger Jesus Navas back to Spain this summer.
"The La Liga outfit's sporting director 'Monchi' is keen to re-sign the diminutive winger who he sold to City for just under £15million in June 2013."
And finally, Goal.com picked up on our YouTube 'Your Comments' feature with Aleks Kolarov.
In a suitably light-hearted piece Eliot Rothwell writes: "It was the possibility of taking up the highest office in the Serbian land that really grabbed Kolarov's enthusiasm, and the left-back thinks he is an obvious choice."
Watch the full video for yourself here!