Star: City keen on Barca stopper
- 21 February 2014 07:47
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
If you thought the end of the January window meant the end of transfer gossip… look away now.
Valentine’s Day has been and gone, so apparently it’s time for rumour and speculation to start ramping up again ahead of the summer.
(No sign of much sun in Manchester as yet though, unfortunately).
Barcelona are featuring heavily in City headlines this week and today is no exception, although this time the Champions League isn’t the main focus.
Victor Valdes hasn’t had much of the limelight after the two teams met at the Etihad on Tuesday, but he’s making up for it today, with the Daily Star suggesting that Manchester could be the keeper’s summer destination instead of Monaco.
Paul Brown reports: “The Spanish goalkeeper is playing out his final season at Barcelona and was expected to join the French giants as a free agent in the summer.
“Valdes is understood to have verbally agreed to join Monaco - but was set a deadline to sign a binding pre-contract with them which has now passed.
“That has angered billionaire owner Dmitry Rybolovlev, who is ready to turn his attention to Hannover’s Ron-Robert Zieler instead, and City are poised to take advantage.”
Hmm. We’ll see.
Elsewhere, another Argentine is said to be on City’s radar, with the Mirror claiming that the Blues are scouting 18-year-old Angel Correa.
City are just one of several European clubs reportedly watching the young striker, with Barcelona (hello again!), also said to be interested.
Writes Ed Malyon: “Manchester City are ready to rival Atletico Madrid for the signing of the youngster dubbed the next Sergio Aguero.
“Scouts from the Quadruple-chasing Blues were in Buenos Aires to watch San Lorenzo’s Angel Correa again on Wednesday night, amid reports Spanish title contenders Atletico have already lodged a bid.
“The 18-year-old Argentine can play as a striker or in a more withdrawn role and is widely considered as one of the hottest young prospects in South America.
“Barcelona, Napoli and Arsenal are understood to have watched the teenager too, but San Lorenzo are keen to hold onto him for as long as possible.”
Fairly sure there is only one Sergio Aguero, to be honest!
As ever, we'll be first with any confirmed ins or outs this summer right here on mcfc.co.uk!
Finally, City return to Premier League action against Stoke on Saturday, and Mark Hughes is hoping to emulate the positive results his side have earned at the Britannia Stadium when the Potters travel to the Etihad.
The Stoke boss told the media: “It’s a huge task but we’ve had positive results against the top teams.”
Hughes added: “We were pleased with our performances against them at the Britannia but we’ll have to match that and maybe go one more as well.
“At home they are formidable but we have to be at our best, we know that, but it’s up to us to remain in the game and give us the opportunity to win it ourselves.”
If you can’t get to the game, join us on mcfc.co.uk for full text and audio commentary on the Match Day Centre, plus all the post-match reaction.
That's all for today, but see you at the same time tomorrow...