Manchester City Summer Transfer News: Tracking Latest Rumours, Updates
For our 10th wedding anniversary this past weekend my wife and I went to Morton's.
Golf's United States Open Championship is being played close to where we live, so we had the pleasure of dining one table over from 2005 U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell.
My wife and I both went with the four-course meal consisting of: a small plate, a salad, an entree and a dessert.
Everything looked and tasted great, but let's be honest. If the steak was not right, the rest of the meal would have been a huge disappointment.
That is where I am with this summer transfer window for Manchester City.
According to the Daily Mirror, City have nearly locked down their new manager. They have already signed a pretty sporty midfielder and a new right-winger who will either dazzle at the Etihad or run home to Spain.
It's all well and good so far, but enough with the small plate, salad and dessert.
It's time for City to order the double-cut filet mignon and finish the job.
Edinson Cavani is no dummy.
Sky Sports wrote on Monday that Cavani had glowing praise for two famous football managers: Jose Mourinho and Manuel Pellegrini.
Wow, those are really intriguing choices, what with the Daily Mail reporting that Mourinho is back as Chelsea's new manager and the Daily Mirror suggesting Pellegrini is on the threshold of taking over at City.
The centerpiece of the Sky Sports article is this quote from Cavani: "I don't know if they have made an offer, but I just know that to be coached by people like Manuel Pellegrini and Jose Mourinho would always be a pleasure."
If Cavani's play in the Premier League is as savvy as his public relations skills, some side will be really lucky to land him.
Stephan El Shaarawy
While Cavani was busy buttering up Mourinho and Pellegrini, Stephan El Shaarawy recently had a far less enthusiastic take on a possible move to the Etihad.
"I don't think I will leave Milan. If City really want me it flatters me, but I want to stay [at AC Milan]," he told La Repubblica (h/t ESPNFC) on Monday.
Hey, no ask, no get.
While El Shaarawy appears to be staying put, to Manchester City's chagrin, Carlos Tevez might be leaving for Milan as the Sky Blues make room on the front line for a top striker.
According to the Daily Mirror, AC Milan president Adriano Galliani is making a lot of noise about his desire and ability to coax Tevez out of England. He is in talks with Tevez's agent, Kia Joorabchian.
"I like Carlitos a lot, because he's a 'nasty' player. His wages? There will be no problems with Tevez," crowed Galliani.
As much as it will pain many Citizens to see Tevez go, this could be the proverbial move that ultimately helps both clubs.
Angel di Maria
Remembering that the Daily Mirror had Radamel Falcao signed at Manchester City last month, it is best to take this next tidbit with a few grains of salt.
Admit it, you've heard far worse than that.
The same story in the Mirror that laid out Pellegrini's interest in signing Di Maria buried information toward the bottom of the piece that frankly deserves a lot more attention.
Isco still wants to play for Manchester City.
Of course, Goal.com writes that the Malaga midfield ace is also on the short list for Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid, but his heart might be with Pellegrini.
“Do I want to go to Manchester City? I wish. It might be possible," Isco recently told the Mirror.
The tabloid described that quote as "a barely-disguised come-and-get-me plea to his old gaffer."
To be loved, to be loved, oh what a feeling to be loved.