Caught Offside: City eyeing Cavani swoop?
- 03 April 2014 07:48
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
The race for the title may be hotting up with another round of crucial fixtures this weekend, but why focus on that when you can have transfer gossip?
That seems to be the theme for this morning’s media anyway, with lots of speculation about possible summer deals doing the rounds.
First up, guess who’s back? Back again? Cavani’s back…
Oh yes, Edinson Cavani makes a return to the media round-up after being a regular visitor last summer.
(Although they haven’t confirmed one either)
The report translates Cavani’s quotes as: “We’ll see at the end of the season. We have to finish the season first.
“I am in Paris, but there are certainly things we must talk about with the club, things should be done differently.”
The article adds: “Cavani is said to be unsettled in France though this hasn’t prevented him from scoring 21 goals in all competitions this term.”
If anyone needed a reminder that these rumours can end as quickly as they begin, Sports Mole are here to help. The website has translated a report in Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo suggesting City have already denied any reported interest in Barcelona defender Dani Alves.
The article reads: “The Brazilian international is still widely regarded as one of the best attacking full-backs in world football, but is approaching the final 12 months of his contract at the Camp Nou.
Recent reports had claimed that City were preparing a move at the end of the season, but Mundo Deportivo suggests that sources at the Premier League club have denied the interest.”
Short, and very much to the point.
Elsewhere, TalkSPORT via Tuttosport, claim that Napoli are set to try and prise Martin Demichelis away from Manchester.
The defender only arrived at the Etihad Stadium last summer, but Rafael Benitez has reportedly seen enough to convince him Martin is his man.
TalkSPORT explains: “Napoli are plotting a surprise summer raid on Manchester City for Martin Demichelis, according to Tuttosport.
“City are expected to splash out on a top-quality young centre-back this summer - Porto’s Eliaquim Mangala is their primary target - and that could mean error-prone Demichelis will be allowed to leave the Etihad.”
So error-prone he’s nominated for the March Etihad Player of the Month award…
As ever, these are just rumours. When the transfer window does open, you can read about any confirmed deals on mcfc.co.uk first.
Finally, reward yourself with some chat about a football match!
City travel to Selhurst Park at the end of the month to face Crystal Palace as the season (and title race) draw to a close.
The Eagles are fighting to stay in the Premier League, but midfielder Stuart O’Keefe has warned it will not be straightforward for the Blues – or Liverpool, who also have to make the trip before the end of the season.
O’Keefe told the Croydon Advertiser: “We have still got City, Liverpool and Villa to come here.
“There is no reason why we can’t pick up points, especially as no one gave us a chance against Chelsea.
“Cardiff is massive and they are the ones you need to win. Anything you get from the big boys is a bonus.
“But I don’t think they’ll fancy coming down here after watching our performance on Saturday.
“I don’t think they’ll think it’s a given anyway.”
As Blues fans know, nothing in football is straightforward!