ESPN: City eye Saints' Mane man?
- 08 February 2016 07:22
- Posted by @timoscroft
There’s a bit to chew over this Monday morning – the inevitable transfer rumours and how the Blues bounce back from Saturday...
The transfer window may have Officially Slammed Shut a week ago, but the business City may do when it Officially Creaks Open again this summer will be a permanent fixture of the press – and in turn this column – between now and then (and beyond…).
There’s a new name to mull over today – Southampton striker Sadio Mane, who ESPN say will be subject to a tug-of-war by the Blues and Manchester United.
“Manchester City have joined the race for Sadio Mane, as they prepare to fight bitter rivals Manchester United for his signature in the summer, according to the Sun. The 23-year-old forward is rated at £25 million, and looks set for a move away from St Mary's after he is reportedly still unhappy about a potential switch being blocked by the club in August.
“City director of football Txiki Begiristain has asked to be kept informed about the Senegal international, as he believes that Mane is the type of player incoming boss Pep Guardiola needs when he arrives this summer. The Spaniard already revealed he was a fan of the player in December, before refusing to comment on whether he wanted to bring him to Bayern Munich.”
Vincent Kompany rates a mention in Jamie Redknapp’s Daily Mail column, where the ex-Liverpool and England midfielder-turned pundit wonders whether it is time for our skipper to return to the fray.
“After losing to Leicester, City’s match against Tottenham on Sunday is the biggest of their season. Right now it feels like they should be renamed ‘Sergio Aguero’ — he’s the only one carrying the fight. But with so much at stake, is it time to throw Vincent Kompany back in? He’s back in training but, with his injury record, do you play him now and risk an injury for huge European and cup games to come? It’s a call Manuel Pellegrini can’t afford to get wrong.”
Pablo Zabaleta features in the Guardian and a few other places this morning, and he's adamant that the squad has to focus on the remainder of the season rather than what will happen afterwards.
"Now is not the right time to talk about the future because there’s a lot of time for this. We just need to be 100% focused on the next games. We need to deal with it.
"We are all behind Manuel Pellegrini. He’s been great for this football club, so he’s to continue in the way he has done for the last few years. Nothing changes for him and then we’ll see at the end of the season with the new manager coming in.”