Manchester City: Assessing If the Latest Transfer Rumours Are Fact or Fiction
The rumour mill is picking up pace as we draw nearer the start of the Premier League season and Manchester City are starting to become more and more of a presence within it.
The Premier League champions have been a constant within the last few transfer windows and they could be set to come to life in this one too.
Here we take a look at the six players who could be arriving at or departing from the Etihad Stadium in the coming weeks and we'll decide whether the stories are fact or fiction.
Aleksandar Kolarov: Out
The Serbian left-back, 26, is being constantly linked with a move back to Serie A. Both Milan clubs are reportedly vying for his signature.
Kolarov found it difficult to break into Roberto Mancini’s side on a regular basis last season after the arrival of Gael Clichy from Arsenal.
Signed from Lazio in the summer of 2010, Kolarov is renowned for his superb left foot. He has never really looked that convincing in his time at City but also has never really done anything wrong.
Maybe his game doesn’t quite suit the pace of the Premier League and he is definitely better going forward than he is defensively, but he is an important team member and Roberto Mancini seems reluctant in letting him go.
Fact or Fiction: Fact. Sadly, I think we might see Kolarov tempted back to Italy if the price is right. City will definitely miss that lethal left foot.
Edison Cavani: In
Another transfer and yet again Edison Cavani is being linked with a move to Manchester City.
The Napoli forward is one of the most sought-after forwards in European football and Roberto Mancini knows first-hand just what Cavani can do to a team.
His performances against both City and Chelsea in last season’s Champions League were brilliant and the Uruguay forward could be set for a move to the Premiership.
Cavani, 25, is set to appear at this summer’s Olympics as one of the overage players used by Urugauy so he could put himself in the shop window even further with a good tournament.
Fact or Fiction: Fiction. I think it would take a mammoth bid to prise Cavani away from Naples and with Robin van Persie also on the radar it seems unlikely.
Edin Dzeko: Out
Edin Dzeko just doesn’t seem to be given a fair chance by the media to remain at Manchester City. At every opportunity he is linked with a move away from the club.
Again this is the case as he has been linked with a move to Juventus.
It seems as though Roberto Mancini would like to freshen up his striking options and that Dzeko would be the one to make way.
Dzeko, 26, has a good goal-scoring record with the Blues. Since arriving in January of 2011 from Wolfsburg he has scored 26 goals in 45 Premier League games.
A good striker for the likes of David Silva and Sergio Aguero to work off, Dzeko works hard and is a different option for Mancini.
Fact or Fiction: Fact. Again I think it may be the case that Dzeko is let go and one of the other linked strikers is brought in. Personally I would like Dzeko to stay and to see him and Sergio Aguero form a partnership.
Daniele De Rossi: In
Daniele De Rossi has been linked with Manchester City since the arrival of Roberto Mancini back in 2010.
This summer is no different. The Italian international had a superb Euro 2012 tournament, reaching the final against Spain.
The holding midfielder would be a great acquisition for City and his experience in European competition could be invaluable as City look to make an impact in the Champions League this season.
De Rossi, 28, has been at Roma all of his career and it would take a special offer from City to interest him in parting ways with the Giallorossi.
Fact or Fiction: Fiction. Even though this is Mancini’s dream signing and De Rossi would be the perfect fit for Manchester City, he is Roma through and through and it would be quite a shock if he did arrive.
Carlos Tevez: Out
Manchester City and Carlos Tevez have very much had a love-hate relationship since Tevez arrived from arch-rival Manchester United in 2009.
The Argentine hit man, 28, has upset boss Roberto Mancini on countless occasions and this culminated last season when he returned to Argentina midseason.
He did return, though, and help City win their first Premier League crown last season by playing a pivotal role in the run-in.
His work rate and technical ability are second to none. His attitude on the pitch is superb too, and a footballer such as Carlos Tevez would improve any side.
Fact or Fiction: Fiction. He seems happy with life in Manchester for now and with his relationship with boss Roberto Mancini reestablished, a move away will be unlikely this summer.
Robin Van Persie: In
This seems to be the transfer saga that will draw out for the rest of summer.
Where will Robin van Persie end up? Who will finally land the in-demand Dutchman?
It seems that Manchester City are still very much in the running for the Arsenal striker who enjoyed a fantastic campaign last time out.
Roberto Mancini is a known admirer of van Persie, and his goals would certainly add to City’s already-impressive striking options.
But the question is, does van Persie want to go to Manchester City or would he prefer a move to either Manchester United or Juventus?
City would be the hardest side for van Persie to get into, what with the competition for places so fierce. United have nothing really apart from Wayne Rooney and Juventus have a weaker attack still.
If money or silverware are what motivates van Persie then he may arrive at the Etihad as City look to have a squad strong enough o challenge on all fronts for the coming season.
Fact or Fiction: Fact. Somehow I think that van Persie will end up a Manchester City player. Roberto Mancini seems to want him at the club and it looks like he will replace Edin Dzeko in City’s attack for next season.