Manchester City Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of December 9

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterDecember 9, 2013

Manchester City Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of December 9

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    The transfer window is fast approaching and the rumour mill is in full swing, with Manchester City expected to play a role next month.

    Etihad Stadium manager Manuel Pellegrini has assembled a strong squad for this season, but could be in line for more additions when the transfer window reopens in January.

    So who is in line for a departure or arrival for City? We will update all the transfer rumours surrounding the club here.

     

    Latest Update: December 14

Tottenham Linked with Manchester City Striker Edin Dzeko

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    Tottenham Hostpur have been linked with a move for Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko, reports Wayne Veysey of Goal.com.

    According to the report, Spurs have joined Napoli and Inter Milan in monitoring the Bosnia international, who has fallen behind Alvaro Negredo and Sergio Aguero in Manuel Pellegrini's first-choice strike partnership.

    However, Dzeko has still managed to score seven goals in 11 matches for City this season.

Liverpool Join Chase for Man City Target and 'New Patrick Vieira' Rodney Kongolo

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    Rodney Kongolo has been compared to France legend Patrick Vieira, who is now football development executive at Manchester City.
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    Liverpool have joined Manchester City in the chase for Feyenoord midfielder Rodney Kongolo, reports Simon Jones of the Daily Mail.

    According to the report, City were expected to complete the deal to bring the 16-year-old to England from the Dutch giants.

    However, Anfield manager Brendan Rodgers is also monitoring Kongolo although there is an obstacle over the player's wages, claims Jones.

    The report claims Kongolo can play in midfield and defence, and has been likened to City football development executive Patrick Vieira during his playing career with Arsenal and France.

Aleksandar Kolarov Voices Desire for Return to Italy in the Future

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    Manchester City defender Aleksandar Kolarov has spoken of his desire to return to Serie A one day in an interview with Mediaset (via Footylatest.com).

    According to the report, the Serbia international, 28, is happy at City where he has become a first-team regular under Manuel Pellegrini.

    Kolarov's current deal at the Etihad Stadium runs until 2015, but the former Lazio player has not ruled a return to the Italian top flight.

    But Juventus have already distanced themselves from a transfer move for Kolarov, as FourFourTwo.com reported from a Mediaset interview with the Italian club's director general Giuseppe Marotta:

    Kolarov is a player of absolute value.

    However, there is no negotiation taking place at the moment and we have no intention of starting one up.

    We are not interested in him.

Everton to Offer Ross Barkley with New Deal to Fend off City Interest

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    Everton are poised to offer star midfielder Ross Barkley a new deal at the club to stave off interest from Manchester City, reports Jack De Menezes of The Independent.

    The 20-year-old has been a revelation to the Premier League this season after making his mark on the first team under Roberto Martinez, and has broken into the England senior team ahead of the 2014 World Cup finals.

    The Merseyside club are now determined to ensure Barkley is not allowed to slip through their fingers with the offer of a new contract at the club.

    City are not the only club monitoring the midfielder, though, and De Menezes also credits Arsenal and Chelsea with an interest in the youngster.

Manchester City Captain Vincent Kompany Linked with Monaco

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    Monaco have been linked with a move for Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany, reports Graeme Yorke of the Daily Mail.

    The Belgium international has been an integral part of the City team since joining the club from Hamburg under Mark Hughes in 2008.

    Kompany's injury absence was keenly felt by the team and manager Manuel Pellegrini earlier this season, but City have been in fine form since his return.

    But Monaco are keen to bring the City captain to the Ligue 1 club alongside current stars such as Radamel Falcao and Joao Moutinho.

Manchester City See off Neighbours United in Chase for Bruno Zuculini

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    Manchester City are poised to sign Racing Club de Avellaneda midfielder Bruno Zuculini despite interest in the player from neighbours United and Inter Milan, reports Phil Thomas of The Sun (subscription required).

    The 20-year-old is highly rated in his home country, and played for Argentina team at the South American Under-20 Championships in 2011 when he was just 17.

    Thomas also claims the defensive midfielder is being tipped as a potential dark horse to be included in the senior squad for the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.

    Now Manuel Pellegrini could land Zuculini for just over £1.5 million, with his Argentine club facing serious financial problems, according to the report.

Scott Sinclair Facing Struggle to Make West Brom Loan Move Permanent

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    Scott Sinclair is hoping to make his loan move to West Bromwich Albion a permanent one, reports Graham Hill of The Sun (subscription required).

    The 24-year-old has failed to break into the City first team since joining the club from Swansea City last year in a £6 million deal.

    Sinclair was not included in any City squads under Manuel Pellegrini at the start of the campaign, and he is now attempting to resurrect his career on a season-long loan at The Hawthorns.

    However, Hill claims Sinclair is facing an uphill battle to prove himself to Albion manager Steve Clarke, under whom he has only played four Premier League games so far.

Pep Guardiola Dismisses Manchester City Move for Manuel Neuer

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    Bayern Munich head coach Pep Guardiola has ruled out any move by Manchester City for goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, reports David Anderson of the Daily Mirror.

    City manager Manuel Pellegrini was linked with the Germany international at the weekend, in an article by James Desborough of the Sunday Express.

    But Guardiola said there is "no chance" of Neuer joining City as he previewed the Champions League tie between the two clubs at the Allianz Arena.

Former City Manager Roberto Mancini Reveals Rejection of Paul Pogba

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    Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has revealed that he rejected the chance to sign Paul Pogba as his contract with neighbours United reached its end, reports Adam Crafton of the Daily Mail.

    The French midfielder had become frustrated at the lack of first-team chances at Old Trafford and was looking for a move elsewhere in the summer of 2012, the article claims.

    But Mancini and City turned down the opportunity to sign Pogba, and he joined Juventus where he has become a major success.

    Mancini was quoted as saying:

    He is a player I really like.

    Two years ago, before he went to Juventus, we could have signed him for Manchester City on a free transfer.

    To be honest, I can't really remember why we decided not to.

Miralem Pjanic Backs Bosnia Teammate Edin Dzeko to Succeed in Italy

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    Roma star Miralem Pjanic has backed Bosnia teammate Edin Dzeko to be a success in Serie A if he leaves Manchester City, reports Nick Lustig of the Daily Star.

    The City forward has slipped down the pecking order at the Etihad Stadium, with Alvaro Negredo and Sergio Aguero enjoying a fruitful partnership up front this seaso.

    And Pjanic believes Dzeko, who has also been linked with Arsenal according to Lustig, can make a name for himself in the Italian top flight:

    Will Dzeko transfer to Italy?

    I'm in contact with him and I know he aspires to play more and feel more important.

    He is a great player and he could do well in Italy but for now he is a City player, even though I don't know how long he will remain there.

Chelsea Enter Race with City to Sign Saint-Etienne Defender Kurt Zouma

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    Chelsea have entered the chase for Saint-Etienne defender and reported Manchester City target Kurt Zouma, reports Alan Nixon of the Daily Mirror.

    The 19-year-old is currently serving a 10-match suspension for a dangerous tackle on Sochaux's Thomas Guerbert, but Stamford Bridge boss Jose Mourinho is preparing a £10 million offer for the player, claims Nixon.

    Zouma apologised immediately for the challenge on Guerbert—who suffered a broken leg in the incident last month—but the defender insisted it was unintentional, as David Kent of the Daily Mail reported.

    The Mirror article also notes that City have been thwarted in attempts to watch the player fully due to his current suspension. 

Sergio Aguero Favoured Above Luis Suarez by Real Madrid

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    Real Madrid have placed Sergio Aguero above Luis Suarez on their shopping list for the future, reports Gary Jones of the Daily Star.

    Both strikers have been in excellent form in the Premier League this season, but the Bernabeu club view the Manchester City man as their preferred target, claims Jones.

    Aguero has scored 18 goals in 19 appearances for City so far this season to help the club maintain their Premier and Champions League hopes.