Manchester City Transfer Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of November 25

Ian Rodgers@irodgers66World Football Staff WriterNovember 25, 2013

Manchester City Transfer Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of November 25

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    The January transfer window is almost upon us, and Manchester City are expected to be major players in the market after New Year's Day.

    City manager Manuel Pellegrini will recognise that a new face or two will be welcome additions to the squad for the second half of the season as they chase success in the Premier League and Champions League.

    We will be chronicling all the transfer links involving City here as we head toward the January window.

    (Updated: December 1).

    Which players would you like to see at the Etihad Stadium in January? Let us know in the comments below.

Sergio Aguero Linked with £48million Move to Real Madrid

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    Real Madrid are preparing to make a £48 million offer for Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero, reports Antony Kastrinakis of The Sun (subscription required).

    However, according to the article, the Spanish giants will make their move for the Argentina international next summer rather than in January.

    Real president Florentino Perez met City owner Sheikh Mansour during the week in Abu Dhabi, where the name of Aguero was discussed, according to Kastrinakis.

Arsenal Preparing Transfer Move for Micah Richards

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    Arsenal are preparing to make a move for City defender Micah Richards, reports Steve Millar of the Daily Star Sunday.

    The 25-year-old has fallen behind Pablo Zabaleta in the City team, and has also lost his place with the England squad, notes the article.

    Richards has 18 months left on his current City deal, but is considering his future at the club, says Millar.

    But the Gunners could face competition from Newcastle, Inter Milan and Roma for Richards, claims the report.

Stoke City Goalkeeper Asmir Begovic Plays Down Manchester City Link

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    Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has been linked with a move to Manchester City, but he is focused on his future at the Britannia Stadium, reports Steve Millar of the Daily Star Sunday.

    City are weighing up a £15 million offer for the Bosnia international to compete with Joe Hart and Costel Pantilimon for the No. 1 jersey at the Etihad Stadium, claims Millar.

    But Begovic is focused on maintaining his own form for Stoke and manager Mark Hughes this season, according to the report:

    I don’t pay too much heed. All I worry about is working hard here.

    I am settled here and I am enjoying the work I am doing on a daily basis.

    I have a huge amount of faith in what the manager is looking to achieve here.

Manchester City Boosted in Hopes of Signing Sergio Ramos from Real Madrid

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    Manchester City have been boosted in their hopes of signing Sergio Ramos after the player was criticised by Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti following his dismissal against Galatasaray, reports John Cross of the Daily Mirror.

    According to the report, Ramos was already upset at not being offered a new deal by the Bernabeu club after the arrival of Gareth Bale at the club.

    But Ramos has become even more unsettled after Ancelotti was seen on television criticising the player for his sending-off in the midweek Champions League tie against the Turkish club, claims Cross.

    However, Cross also warns City that they will face stern competition from Chelsea and former Real boss Jose Mourinho in the race to sign Ramos.

Joleon Lescott Hints at Move Away from Etihad Stadium

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    City defender Joleon Lescott has hinted that he may have to leave the club to find first-team football, reports Jamie Jackson of The Guardian.

    The former Everton centre-half has slipped behind Vincent Kompany and Matija Nastasic in the pecking order at the Etihad Stadium under Manuel Pellegrini.

    And Lescott concedes he needs first-team appearances to restore his hopes of playing for England at the 2014 World Cup finals:

    It does not look like I am going (to the World Cup) at the minute.

    I have not been in the last few squads, so it is going to be hard but if I am playing for City and we are progressing in the Champions League and the title race, then there might be a place for me.

    I have not given up. But I know that comes from playing for Man City, so the faster I can get myself back in City the better.

    Lescott believes he also needs a chance to restore himself to the City starting line-up:

    I need to be given a fair opportunity.

    I know no one can guarantee me playing every week but I would like to think that given a fair opportunity to play, if I am playing in the team I can do well enough to stay in the team.

    If you start to doubt yourself, it will affect you so I try not to doubt myself and believe I can perform.

    When the opportunities come, you have to grab them, and if it means playing the next few games when Matija is out and Vinny is not ready, then great for me.

    Hopefully once again I can prove to the club, and if it is not here somewhere else, that I am worthy of a new contract.

Manchester City Receive Boost in Chase for PSG Striker Edinson Cavani

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    Manchester City have been bolstered in their hopes of signing Edinson Cavani from Paris Saint-Germain after Arsenal baulked at the player's wage demands, reports Nick Lustig of the Daily Star.

    According to the article, the Uruguay international is unsettled at the Ligue 1 champions following his summer move from Napoli.

    But Arsenal have been put off any move due to the striker's salary, leaving the door open for City and Chelsea, says Lustig.

    However, the Premier League clubs could face competition for Cavani from Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid, according to the report.

Javi Garcia Linked with Transfer to Napoli

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    Napoli manager Rafael Benitez is planning a £10 million move for Manchester City midfielder Javi Garcia, claims a report in The Sun (subscription required).

    According to the article, the former Liverpool manager had the Spain international watched in the game against Chelsea last month.

    Garcia, 26, joined City in a £15.8 million deal from Benfica in August 2012, but he has failed to hold down a regular first-team place at the Etihad Stadium since picking up a thigh injury early in his City career.

Manchester City 'Definitely Want Iker Casillas' Says Guillem Balague

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    Manchester City "definitely want" to sign Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas, Spanish football expert and Bleacher Report columnist Guillem Balague has told Sky Sports.

    The Spain international has fallen out of favour at the Bernabeu since being replaced by Diego Lopez during the final months of Jose Mourinho's reign at the club last season.

    However, Balague has warned City that they will face stiff competition to land the services of Casillas if he cannot find a way back into the Real first team:

    Manchester City definitely want Iker Casillas for next season. He's known about it for a while, but they are not the only team that are after Iker Casillas.

    It will be up to him what he does next, obviously. But if he continues to not play, and he won't unless Diego Lopez gets injured, then he wants to leave Real Madrid at the end of the season.

    He's had enough and he's imagining the possibility of playing abroad. Although he loves the Premier League, maybe it doesn't suit his game as much as the Italian league or the German league.

    But he's going to have offers and if he continues like this, he will leave Real Madrid.

Joe Hart 'Going Nowhere' in January, Insists Manuel Pellegrini

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    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini insists goalkeeper Joe Hart will be going nowhere in the January transfer window, reports Martin Blackburn of The Sun (subscription required).

    The England international has fallen behind Costel Pantilimon in recent weeks as first choice at the Etihad Stadium.

    But Pellegrini maintains links with other goalkeepers in the transfer window are "not true," according to the report:

    Of course he stays.

    There is a lot of news about five, six, seven goalkeepers that we want to buy but it is not true.

    There is no chance for Joe Hart to go out from this squad in January.

    City were most recently linked with a move for Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, according to Alan Nixon of the Daily Mirror.

    But Potters chairman Peter Coates told the Stoke Sentinel that he has had no contact from City:

    This latest story was certainly news to me and I suspect it is just a bit of speculation. That's my guess, anyway, and we have certainly had no approach.

    He is a top goalkeeper, so this kind of thing is going to happen. We are just concerned that he concentrates on playing for us and doing what he has been doing up to now.

    It is important we keep him for the rest of the season. It is an important season and he is a key player. He certainly hasn't made any noises.

Manchester City 'Win' Race for Nigeria Starlet Kelechi Iheanacho

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    Manchester City have won the race to sign Nigerian teenager Kelechi Iheanacho, reports Alan Nixon of the Daily Mirror.

    The young striker came to prominence during the Under-17 World Cup finals, and he scored in the final as Nigeria defeated Mexico to win the tournament.

    Iheanacho was also voted the most valuable player of the finals and won the golden boot as the top goalscorer in the competition, as Shina Oludare of reported.

Real Madrid Goalkeeper Iker Casillas Linked with Etihad Transfer

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    Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas is a target for Manchester City, reported Tom Hopkinson of the Sunday People.

    The Spain international has slipped behind Diego Lopez at the Bernabeu and has hinted at a move if he cannot find a way back into the first team, as Graeme Yorke of the Daily Mail noted last month.

    According to Hopkinson, Pellegrini is also considering moves for Victor Valdes of Barcelona and QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar.

Sergio Aguero Rubbishes Talk of Real Madrid Move

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    City supporters will have been relieved to hear star striker Sergio Aguero reject talk at the weekend of leaving for Real Madrid, as Jeremy Cross of the Daily Star reported.

    The Argentina international was speaking before his excellent display in the six-goal drubbing of Tottenham Hotspur on Nov. 24, and his current form will not go unnoticed across Europe.

    However, Aguero has voiced his contentment at the Etihad:

    The truth is that I'm happy.

    The club treats me very well.

    It's very calm - it's different to being in Spain or Argentina.