Transfer Window: Day 12
- 12 January 2014 08:45
- Posted by @markbooth_mcfc
City take on Newcastle in the Barclays Premier League this afternoon but that doesn’t stop the media from speculating on three possible new additions to the squad.
That fee would be a world record for a full-back, overtaking the amount Barcelona paid Sevilla for Daniel Alves.
“Manchester City are ready to flex their financial muscle and pay a world-record £30million in January for Southampton’s outstanding young English prospect, Luke Shaw,” Bernstein writes.
“City have made it clear to Saints chairman Nicola Cortese they will pay the fee immediately to blow away rivals Chelsea and Manchester United, who also hold a long-standing interest in the left-back.
“Shaw — and his club — have indicated he is happy to stay at St Mary’s until the summer. But City are primed and ready to beat any offer should he become available this month."
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“Manager Manuel Pellegrini is convinced Shaw is the long-term answer to his problem left-back position and will allow Aleksandar Kolarov to return to Italy should the youngster arrive.”
Paul Hetherington of the paper argues that the Italian giants could be prepared to use the highly-rated Frenchman as bait to land Stevan Jovetic.
“City chief Manuel Pellegrini would be more interested in a deal which included France midfielder Pogba, 20, who walked out on Manchester United when his contract expired 18 months ago,” Hetherington scribes.
“City wanted Pogba when he quit United and are still eyeing a player who is now rated in the £30million bracket.
“Juventus tried to sign him [Jovetic] last summer but lost out to City, who play at Newcastle today.
“They are still tracking Jovetic, as are Inter Milan and Fiorentina, who would be interested in taking him back, as well.”
Meanwhile, Blaise Matuidi has been linked with a move to the Etihad Stadium before but respected French publication L’equipe reckons that the midfielder’s contract situation could open the door for a move as soon as this January transfer window.
"Matuidi’s contract expires in the summer, meaning a cut-price deal could be in the offing, according to reports over the channel."
...Transfer Window: Day 12...
If you have a L’equipe subscription, you can read the full story here.
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Elsewhere, Newcastle boss Alan Pardew believes he’s seen someone like Alvaro Negredo before...
The 52-year old believes that, playing-wise, City’s Spanish striker bears an uncanny likeness to Magpie legend, Alan Shearer.
Alan on Alan and Alvaro: “He is very much Shearer-like and I am sure Alan looks at him and sees a lot of himself in the way he conducts himself in the game.
“He adds a real winning mentality to his obvious quality.
“It must be brilliant putting him in the team every week because you just know you are going to get the kind of consistency of performance this club used to get from Alan.”
If for any reason you can’t watch the game this afternoon, we'll have our usual live text and audio commentary in our Match Day Centre here on mcfc.co.uk, as well as updates on Twitter and extended highlights on the site later this evening.
City v Blackburn
City take on Blackburn in the FA Cup 3rd round replay on Wednesday 15 January – don’t miss the chance to cheer the Blues on as Manuel Pellegrini’s side chases a possible Wembley double. Adult prices start from £15 and Under-16s are just £5. Details here.