Telegraph: City keeping tabs on 'devastated' Bale?
- 06 January 2016 08:27
- Posted by @MPHenson
With the January transfer window well and truly open, rumours are flying around all over the place...
We start our round-up speculation that City could look to splash the cash on Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale after he was left ‘devastated’ by the sacking of Rafael Benitez, according to the Telegraph.
Matt Law writes: "Gareth Bale has been left devastated by the decision of Real Madrid president Florentino Perez to sack Rafa Benitez in a move that could place a question mark against the Welshman’s long-term future at the club.”
“Benitez has been replaced by Zinedine Zidane and Bale, like a host of other Real players, is now waiting to see where he figures in the French legend’s plans.
“But Bale is understood to be particularly upset by the departure of Benitez, who he was thriving under at the Bernabeu, and is likely to seek reassurances over his role moving forward.
“The uncertainty at Real will not only encourage Manchester United to renew their interest in Bale but also alert Manchester City and Chelsea, who would be in the market for the former Tottenham Hotspur man.”
Switching the attention to Leroy Sane and Sky Sports are one of many news outlets reporting that Schalke sensation Leroy Sane is not for sale in the January transfer window.
City have been heavily linked with the teenager in the opening few days of the transfer window, but the move has been ruled out according to quotes from the Schalke chairman in the article.
Sky Sports scribe: “Schalke insist they have no interest in selling Leroy Sane to Manchester City, despite reports in Germany suggesting the Premier League club are willing to part with £40m for the winger.
“Sane, 19, made his debut for the Bundesliga club in 2014 and won his first cap for Germany against France at the Stade de France in November.
“He is currently on a winter training camp in Orlando with Schalke, whose chairman Clements Tonnis told our Sky colleagues in Germany: ‘No official offer yet. It was decided Leroy should stay and the player also wants to stay at Schalke. So this is not an issue.’
“City are yet to comment on the reports, but if they were to pay £40m for a player widely regarded as one of Europe's hottest young properties, they would make Sane the most expensive German in transfer history.”
Keeping with Sane and he features in Shoot’s article about one player City could sign in January.
As reported on Monday, the rumoured fee for the 19-year old is £40million and Shoot say that it is more likely that City will swoop for the midfielder in the summer.
They write: “With the club currently trailing league leaders Arsenal by three points in third spot, Manchester City may well look to add a little bit more fire power to their ranks during the January transfer window in a bid to win their third Premier League title come May.
“The Citizens, who narrowly defeated newly-promoted Watford 2-1 at the weekend, have been heavily linked with a move for Germany’s teenage sensation Leroy Sane this month.
“Reports in his homeland suggest that Schalke are willing to part with their prized asset for around £40m.
“It is thought that City have been keeping close tabs on Sane since December 2013 and have now stepped up their interest. Txiki Begiristain, the club’s sporting director, was hopeful of thrashing out a January transfer for the teenager, although the summer transfer window now looks a more likely bet.”
And finally, it’s been a month since City were rumoured to be interested in PSG midfielder Javier Pastore, but the rumours appear again in the Daily Express today.
It’s only a small amount of copy, but Charles Perrin states: “Chelsea and Manchester City are both keeping tabs on Javier Pastore, according to reports.
“The attacking midfielder has seen game time at Paris Saint-Germain this season hard to come by.
“French sports publication Buzzsport claim a £30m offer could be enough to land Pastore.”
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