Manchester City Transfer News and Rumours: Week of August 12
Manchester City have been the busiest of the top sides in the Premier League this transfer window, so far spending close to £90 million on Jesus Navas, Fernandinho, Stevan Jovetic and Alvaro Negredo.
With three weeks of the window left, there’s still time for more deals to be done. City look short at centre-back, so could be tempted to make a move for a defender. There are also a few players who could yet leave.
Here’s all the latest transfer news and rumours coming out of the Etihad.
Last updated: August 15.
West Brom Keen on Sinclair
A deal to take Scott Sinclair to West Bromwich Albion appears to be getting closer, according to a report by John Percy in The Telegraph.
West Brom manager Steve Clarke is keen to get a deal done quickly, preferring to have Sinclair in his squad in time for their opening match of the new campaign, but the two clubs are currently haggling over the details of the move.
City would prefer a permanent deal, but West Brom are interested in a loan move with a fee of £4 million offered if the Baggies decide to commit to a permanent transfer next summer. If a loan move is to be struck, City would demand a £2 million loan fee, which has so far been rejected by the West Brom board.
Clarke said: "It would be nice to think we can get one in before Saturday. If we can get two in, it would be great. If I can get three, I would be delighted."
West Brom are now considering their options and are expected to make another move for the 24-year-old winger in the next few days.
Juventus Still Chasing Kolarov
According to reports in Italy (via Cheshire Today), Juventus are still interested in signing Serbian left-back Aleksandar Kolarov from City. Juve are reportedly prepared to shell out €12 million for the 27-year-old.
Kolarov has had a tough time at City, struggling to hold down a first-team place for the most part. It would make sense for the club to do a deal, especially if the reported fee materialises.
The quicker a deal can be struck, the better. City would want to find an adequate replacement to ensure Pellegrini’s "two players in each position" policy is maintained.
City Lead the Way in Battle for Willian's Signature
Ben Jefferson of the Express claims that City are leading a three-way fight between themselves, Tottenham and Chelsea to sign Willian from Anzhi Makhachkala.
With Anzhi determined to slash their budget after failing to achieve immediate success following billionaire owner Suleiman Kerimov's takeover, Europe's top clubs are seeking to take advantage.
However, the 24-year-old Brazilian would cost in the region of £35 million with Anzhi not prepared to part with the player on the cheap.
Kyriakos Papadopoulos Interesting City
City’s search for a centre-back looks set to continue, with the Mirror reporting that a deal for Pepe looks unlikely due to Real Madrid’s refusal to sell, meaning City must now move on to their next targets. They say Schalke’s Kyriakos Papadopoulos is the main man on Pellegrini’s list, with Napoli captain Paolo Cannavaro also available but unlikely to interest the Chilean.
Papadopoulos is supposedly a target for Liverpool and it seems Schalke are unlikely to sell on the cheap. Cannavaro has been offered to City but at 32-years-old he’s not the most sensible option.
With City down to the bare bones at centre-back after Matija Nastasic’s injury and Kolo Toure’s departure, it seems likely Pellegrini will be trying to add another defender before the window closes.
City's Interest in Pepe Still Burns Bright
However, Goal.com are reporting that City’s interest in Real Madrid’s Pepe isn’t dead and that they are, in fact, set launch another move for the defender.
Madrid’s desire to sign Gareth Bale means they need funds and therefore may now be ready to sanction a move for the Portugal defender, who lost his place in the Madrid side last season to the outstanding Raphael Varane.
It seems from the outside that City are keen to sign the 30-year-old but only at the right price. How much Madrid are willing to budge looks set to be the key to any deal.
Demichelis Is City’s Pepe Alternative
Martin Demichelis is being lined up as Manchester City’s alternative transfer target should their pursuit of Real Madrid’s Pepe prove fruitless, according to Simon Jones of the Mail.
Demichelis plays for Atletico Madrid after signing for them on a free transfer from Malaga earlier in the summer, but he is willing to ask the club to allow him to leave. Because he signed as a free agent, he will not contravene any laws in terms of registering with more than two clubs in a season.
The centre-back is 32 and has plenty of Champions League experience, having played for Malaga and Bayern Munich.