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Sports Witness: City after Inaki Williams

  • 17 January 2016 08:46
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City and Liverpool to battle it out for two players, plus a brief look at the reaction to yesterday’s win…

We head to Spain for our first rumour of the day and Sports Witness, via El Correo, are reporting that City and Liverpool will battle it out for Athletic Bilbao’s Inaki Williams.

They write: “Until Inaki Williams signs a new contract with Athletic Club Bilbao, there will be rumours about the 21 year old's future. It's not the length of the contract which is the overriding issue, Williams is on a deal with Athletic until June 2017, the bigger problem is the player's buyout clause.

“Williams has his rescission clause set at just €20m, which would be a cheap deal for Premier League clubs. The Basque footballer has been linked with several moves to England and this week reports linked Liverpool once more.

“The most reliable newspaper on Athletic is the Basque publication El Correo, and they believe Manchester City are the English club pulling away from the pack with interest. Whilst it's stated that Athletic are currently working hard on a renewal, it's also explained that Manchester City recently sent a delegation to compile detailed information ahead of any move.”

Another rumour that has appeared over the last 24 hours is one that states that the two Premier League clubs will go head-to-head for the signature of West Ham’s Aaron Cresswell, according to the Brentwood Gazette.

The paper states: “West Ham United full back Aaron Cresswell is being targeted by Liverpool and Manchester City in a potential £15 million deal.

“The former Ipswich man is one of the first names on the Hammers team sheet since his move two seasons ago.

“Despite a rocky start to the current campaign, including a dreadful error to hand Leicester all three points at Upton Park last year, he has become a contender for a place in Roy Hodgson's England set up.

“The 26-year-old has been targeted by Manchester City for a summer switch, but with the injuries mounting at Anfield Jurgen Klopp is thought to be considering a move for the defender in the next 20 days.”

And finally, moving slight away from the transfer talk, let’s take a look at what is being said about City’s 4-0 win against Crystal Palace at the Etihad yesterday.

We’ll start the quick look with the Manchester Evening News and their 30-second verdict in which they praise midfielder Fabian Delph.

Fabian Delph scores the opening goal against Crystal Palace

Rob Pollard writes: "For £8 million, he represents one of the best bargains City have bagged in a long time.

“Drive, energy, enthusiasm and an ability to beat players, he's an excellent option in midfield.

“A special mention for Aguero, too, who scored two and looked sharp throughout.”

Picking up on the last line and the theme continues in the Mirror’s five things they learned from the win.

Sergio Aguero in action against Crystal Palace

David McDonnell scribes: “City boss Manuel Pellegrini has been wary of pushing Aguero too hard on his latest return from injury, often restricting him to 65-70 minutes to ensure he does not suffer a relapse.

“Here, Aguero lasted 85 minutes, scoring twice and setting up Silva for City's fourth, before being taken off by Pellegrini.

“If City are to win the title and go far in the Champions League, they will need Aguero fit and back to his best. On this evidence, he is close to that.”

To wrap things up the praise for Aguero continues as the Daily Mail believes City are back to their best.

Oliver Holt states: “They got better and better as this game went on and by the end they were looking like a formidable team once more. They overran Palace and their fourth and final goal summed up so much that is best about their game. 

Sergio Aguero could have scored a hat-trick but chose to set up David Silva instead. It was a style statement as well as a statement of intent.”

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