Metro: Williams emerging as City target
- 25 January 2016 07:14
- Posted by @Handler_mcfc
There's just over a week to go until the January transfer window ends and the assorted members of the press have not given up hope of a City-shaped surprise early in 2016.
Speculation is bubbling about interest in an exciting young Spanish talent, more reports about a new temporary destination for the Blues' strike starlet Patrick Roberts, plus team news ahead of Wednesday's mouth-watering Capital One Cup semi-final clash with Everton.
First to La Liga, where 21-year-old forward Inaki Williams is supposedly attracting admiring glances from a host of big hitters.
"Arsenal and Liverpool look set to be disappointed in their efforts to sign Athletic Bilbao forward Inaki Williams, according to reports," the paper's Max Miller writes.
"Manchester City have entered the race to sign the 21-year-old, and are willing to meet his £37.8 million release clause.
"With ten goals in 21 appearances in all competitions this season, Williams has impressed enough that he may manage to break in to Spain’s squad for the European Championships."
Meanwhile, a young striker already on City's books is potentially heading out on loan to continue his football education.
"Celtic are poised to complete the signing of Manchester City wonderkid Patrick Roberts on loan until the end of the season," report the Daily Mail.
"An £11milllion signing from Fulham last summer, the 18-year-old is rated one of English football's brightest prospects but has managed just three substitute appearances in an injury troubled start to his City career.
"Sportsmail first revealed the Parkhead club's interest in securing a loan deal earlier this month."
Keeping with the striker theme and most of the national titles are carrying quotes from City boss Manuel Pellegrini underlining just how important Sergio Aguero is to this season's fortunes.
The Argentinian has four goals in his last two games and looks to be approaching his best form after a run of six matches in January.
"They are playing within themselves and they may only require a slight improvement to win the league, especially if Agüero stays fit," reflects the Guardian's Jamie Jackson. "The best striker in England has started 2016 with six goals in six matches.
"'The last problem was when he was with his national squad' Pellegrini said. 'He scored four times against Newcastle and I changed him as he was feeling some problems. Unfortunately he played for his national squad three or four days after and he had a muscle injury. So I hope now that he is 100% fit and he does not have any problem and it is very important that the team plays with him in every game.
"'In the first 23 games, in the 11 players who played the most minutes, we don’t have Agüero, Silva, Kompany. I hope that in the second part of the season they will be involved in all the games because they are very important.'"
Finally, we pay a quick visit to Wednesday opponents Everton's website to bring you a team news update ahead of the game.
"Roberto Martinez confirmed he expects to be without Muhamed Besic and Kevin Mirallas for Wednesday's Capital One Cup semi-final second leg against Manchester City," the Toffees say.
"The Blues travel to the Etihad with a 2-1 advantage, but won't be able to call upon Besic and Mirallas for the trip after the pair limped off with hamstring and knee injuries respectively in the 2-1 defeat to Swansea City.
"'It's hard to tell [the seriousness of both injuries].' he explained after the game. 'Muhamed Besic injured his left hamstring - the opposite leg to the problem he had recently.
"’We will also assess Kevin Mirallas, who injured the tendon in his right leg around the knee.
"'I don't expect them to be fit for Wednesday and I expect a bit of a period where they will be unavailable. It is a real shame because both players gave us a really refreshing look and reached good levels at this stage of the season.'
"Martinez also explained that Phil Jagielka, who recently returned from a knee injury that kept him out for more than two months, was rested with a busy schedule in mind."
We'll be back for more pixel and paper talk tomorrow but in the meantime...
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