Manchester City Transfer News: Tracking Latest Rumors, Updates
28 games played, 10 left. 59 points, 12 behind Manchester United.
Manchester City’s 2012-2013 Premier League season has been underwhelming when compared to last season’s euphoric finale, and those statistics add to the frustration of City fans, who will have wanted to see their club push on last summer.
With the majority of the season gone, we can safely say that City’s transfer policy last summer has backfired. The good thing is that the next summer transfer window is just a few months away and offers City a chance to do what they didn’t last summer: find players to take the team to the next level.
Let’s take a look at the latest transfer rumors involving Manchester City in an important summer ahead.
The first name linked with an exit if a team hasn’t been performing to its potential is invariably the manager, and Roberto Mancini isn’t an exception.
Having revamped the management structure with the additions of CEO Ferran Soriano and Director of Football Txiki Begiristain, the Manchester City hierarchy are reportedly looking at candidates to replace Mancini after an underwhelming season.
The latest name is Valencia boss Ernesto Valverde, who has racked up an impressive record in Spain (Sunday Times).
If Mancini stays on at the Etihad Stadium, Samir Nasri might not. The City manager has already gone on record stating his disappointment at Nasri’s performances this season (Daily Star).
With James Milner enjoying an impressive spell in the City lineup and David Silva a shoe-in for the starting XI, Nasri appears to be a dispensable member of the City first team and, with a hefty wage package, may be on his way out of Manchester (Daily Express).
A hard-working professional on the pitch who has hit great recent form, Carlos Tevez is never far away from controversy off the field.
The infamous self-imposed exile from the team last year has been augmented by his recent charges for driving without a license (Guardian), which might lead to a long-rumored exit from the Etihad.
Big-spending French side AS Monaco are looking to make a splash when they return as expected to Ligue 1 next season and are rumored to be targeting Tevez to lead their attack (Daily Mirror).
Another City striker rumored for the exit door is super-sub Edin Dzeko, currently the club’s top scorer for the campaign but still not assured of a regular first-team place.
Given his record for Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga, Dzeko has been linked with a return to Germany, and Mancini has suggested openly that his No. 10 could be on his way from City this summer (Independent).
Having let go of Mario Balotelli (AC Milan) in January, if Tevez and/or Dzeko were to leave, City face a major rebuilding job up front.
Perhaps one of the downsides to having an average season is that your best players will be linked with a move to top clubs.
City captain Vincent Kompany is a fine example: He has been rumored to be interesting Barcelona as a long-term option to replace the aging Carles Puyol at Camp Nou (Daily Mirror).
Not that he will come cheap or easy, though. Kompany has proved himself as one of the finest defenders in Europe, and he signed a six-year contract just last summer (Daily Mail).
Now, let’s look at some rumored arrivals at the Etihad this summer.
In contrast to City’s quite baffling capture of Scott Sinclair last summer, Maher might just bring genuine quality at a bargain price in addition to his many best years in front of him and could be the new face of the City attack.
Another young star linked with the Citizens is UAE prodigy Omar Abdulrahman, who spent two weeks at City on trial last summer (Sport360.com).
Currently with Al Ain of the UAE Pro League, Abdulrahman has long been dubbed a star of the future and the hope of Middle Eastern football, but a move to one of the most high-profile clubs in the Premier League and across Europe would be a major step up.
And then there’s Neymar, who, at 19, is the flavor of the moment and one of world football’s most talked-about prodigies.
Currently still at Santos to continue his development, he has continually been tipped to move to Europe sooner rather than later, and Manchester City are the latest club linked with a big-money bid for the Brazilian starlet (Express).
City would find it difficult to compete with such footballing institutions as Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, but perhaps the lure of the “project” at the Etihad might just appeal to Neymar.
Now that would be a ground-breaking transfer.
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