Mirror: City to face battle for Gundogan
- 05 March 2016 07:42
- Posted by @MPHenson
The Ilkay Gundogan rumours continue, plus news outlets look ahead to Saturday’s clash with Aston Villa…
We start the round-up with the continuation of a rumour from yesterday’s ‘What The Media Says’ with the Mirror reporting that City have emerged as the favourites to sign Ilkay Gundogan.
David Maddock writes: “Manchester City may need to slug it out with the two Spanish giants for Bundesliga star Ilkay Gundogan.
“The moneybags Premier League club have emerged as favourites to sign the Borussia Dortmund midfielder after he rejected a new contract.
“Gundogan has just a year left on his current deal, Dortmund will be forced to sell in the summer and an outline offer from the Blues is already on the table.
“But even though the Germany international would choose City over rivals Arsenal - who also retain an interest - it is thought both Real Madrid and Barcelona are now circling, after the news he would leave at the end of the season.”
Another transfer rumour that has re-appeared is that City are eyeing Danish youngster Emre Mor, a rumour we first brought you in our ‘Transfer Talk’ section in January.
The Daily Mail state that City are one of three Premier League clubs interested in the 18-year old, who made his debut for Nordsjaelland in November.
Sami Mokbel scribes: “Manchester City are monitoring Denmark teenage prospect Emre Mor as they continue to bolster their academy ranks.
“Mor, 18, is crafting a reputation as one of the most talented youngsters on the continent.
“Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal have also shown an interest in the teenage winger, but City will look to steal a march on their rivals in the coming weeks.
“The Danish Under 19 international had been available at a cut-price in January, but no Premier League side decided to make a move.
“Mor was originally only signed to a part-time deal with FCN, meaning the Danish club's compensation package would not have been set at the usual rate.”
Looking ahead to today’s game and Aston Villa boss Remi Garde has had his say ahead of the clash at the Etihad.
The Villa boss is quoted on their official website as saying: “We are now coming into games against teams at the top of the table at the end of the season, which is not a good thing because points are crucial for them as well as us. But in football you never know.”
“Sometimes games are going in a way that no one has expected before. We must ensure we are not focused too much on our opponents.
“We have to focus on what we can improve and what we can do. We have to do the maximum every game and not focus too much on what others can do.”
And finally, the Birmingham Mail list Kelechi Iheanacho as one to watch in their ‘What to expect at Manchester City weekend’ feature on their website.
Writes Gregg Evans: “Villa saw just what Kelechi Iheanacho can do when he’s given the opportunity after his three goals in the FA Cup defeat at Villa Park.
“And with Aguero and Wilfried Bony failing to find the net in midweek the teenager could be a surprise selection as Pellegrini looks to inject some life into his attack.
“Iheanacho is quick and has pace to burn and already put Villa to the sword, They will be aware of his talent.”