Manchester City Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of January 13

Phil KeidelContributor IIJanuary 14, 2014

Manchester City Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of January 13

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    As in American football, every player is perpetually one play away from being out injured in world football.
    As in American football, every player is perpetually one play away from being out injured in world football.Stu Forster/Getty Images

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini's avowed intent (according to Richard Tanner of the Express) not to conduct much business in the January transfer window might be compromised by very recent developments.

    Midfielder Samir Nasri, who has played in every Premier League match for City this year, is out for an extended stretch after being felled by a Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa tackle in City's recent win over Newcastle United.

    Nasri posted to his Twitter feed as follows: "Thank you everyone for your kind words and overwhelming support, i suppose its kind of good news that i will be out around 8 weeks."

    Nasri has never carried the same scoring threat for City that he did for Arsenal—primarily because City's insane depth at striker meant he never had to.

    Instead, Nasri has become an invaluable complementary piece in midfield whose speed and passing precision make life easier for the strikers to do the heavy goal-scoring lifting.

    Two months without Nasri could quickly feel like an eternity to City, who remain in contention for four trophies. And Nasri's absence will definitely be felt in February when City attempt to keep pace with Barcelona in Champions League play.

    Might Pellegrini have to rethink his assertion that his squad is already deep enough? And which Sky Blues might be on the move?

Aleksandar Kolarov Not Heading out After All?

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    Kolarov has become a featured piece of the puzzle under Pellegrini.
    Kolarov has become a featured piece of the puzzle under Pellegrini.Clint Hughes/Associated Press

    FRIDAY, JANUARY 17

    Manchester City defender Aleksandar Kolarov was on the fringes of the squad toward the end of Roberto Mancini's tenure as Sky Blues boss. As a result, the prevailing wisdom was that Kolarov would look to leave the Etihad at the end of his current contract.

    But whereas Joleon Lescott and Jack Rodwell continue to be irrelevant under Manuel Pellegrini (as they were with Mancini), Kolarov's role has expanded. Now it appears that Kolarov may want to stick around.

    According to Alan Wilson of the Mirror, "the club are willing to sit down with the defender and talk over a two-year extension to his current £90,000-a-week contract."

    Given Kolarov's improved play of late, City would be wise to lock up Kolarov under those terms.

Pogba to City?

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    It feels like City has been down the blond Mohawk road before with Balotelli, no?
    It feels like City has been down the blond Mohawk road before with Balotelli, no?Claudio Villa/Getty Images

    MONDAY, JANUARY 13

    Samir Nasri's injury might convince Manuel Pellegrini to ask Manchester City's brass for permission to acquire Paul Pogba from Juventus.

    As Paul Handler reported for the Manchester Evening News, "Pogba, who walked out on Manchester United 18 months ago, is emerging as one of Europe's top midfield talents in Serie A."

    Give Pogba this: He knew enough not to board a sinking ship.

    If Pellegrini could rid himself of wraith striker Stevan Jovetic as part of Pogba's acquisition, well, all the better. In the same article by Handler, he says that "[City] may use Juve's interest in injury hit forward Jovetic as bait for the French ace."

    When the summer transfer window gives you lemons....

John Guidetti to Stoke?

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    Guidetti may finally be sent somewhere to get some top flight playing time.
    Guidetti may finally be sent somewhere to get some top flight playing time.Scott Heavey/Getty Images

    MONDAY, JANUARY 13

    Conjecture about Manchester City striker John Guidetti being loaned out to get some seasoning has been bouncing around for awhile, as per Richard Jolly of ESPNFC.

    Perhaps, finally, the rumours are amounting to substance.

    "Stoke City are close to finalising a loan deal for Manchester City striker John Guidetti," reported BBCSport recently.

    Stoke manager Mark Hughes (remember him?) commented on this news with his usual over-the-top exuberance and enthusiasm: "Potters boss Mark Hughes described Guidetti, 21, as a 'natural goalscorer' who would 'add to what we have got,'" according to BBCSport.

    Neither Stoke nor Guidetti can much afford to forego this mutual opportunity if Manchester City make it available to them.

Dante to City?

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    City could do with Dante's Champions League know-how.
    City could do with Dante's Champions League know-how.Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

    MONDAY, JANUARY 13

    It seems a strange time to be talking about another defender coming to Manchester City.

    When Vincent Kompany and Matija Nastasic were both injured in August, and City were reduced to starting midfielder Javi Garcia out of position at centre-back, that was the time to pull that lever.

    Had manager Manuel Pellegrini done so, perhaps the shameful losses at Cardiff City and Aston Villa would have been avoided.

    These days, City seem positively flush at the back. With Micah Richards back to health, Pellegrini has his full complement of nine defenders to choose from.

    But defenders in football are like pitchers in baseball or big men in basketball. You can never really have too many of them, or enough of them for that matter.

    Liam Prenderville of the Mirror reports that Pellegrini has "question marks over Matija Nastasic and Martin Demichelis." For Pellegrini, Bayern Munich's Dante would be an "ideal partner for captain Vincent Kompany."

    Dante would not come to the Etihad cheaply or easily, though, since he is under contract with Bayern until 2016.

Luke Shaw to City?

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    Shaw would make City younger, though he probably would not play much on arrival.
    Shaw would make City younger, though he probably would not play much on arrival.Paul Thomas/Getty Images

    MONDAY, JANUARY 13

    At least where acquiring Dante is concerned, you can easily see what Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini would be planning. Dante would jump into the defensive rotation immediately.

    That cannot possibly be the case with a rumoured move for Southampton's Luke Shaw. Pellegrini would not dare drop an 18-year-old defender into a Champions League campaign. Would he?

    "Manchester City will try to tempt Southampton to part with highly-rated defender Luke Shaw with a jaw-dropping £30 million," reported Alan Wilson of the Mirror.

    That sort of scratch will put some clubs off. But Manchester City are highly unlikely to balk at an eight-digit figure.

    "Both Chelsea and Manchester United have also been linked with the full-back this season...City, though, are willing to dig deep and pay the entire fee upfront," Wilson continued in the same Mirror article.

    Well then.

Joleon Lescott to West Ham?

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    Lescott and his parka are well-acquainted at City.
    Lescott and his parka are well-acquainted at City.Stu Forster/Getty Images

    MONDAY, JANUARY 13

    Is Joleon Lescott staying at Manchester City or not? It depends on who you ask.

    Jamie Jackson of the Guardian reported recently that West Ham United are in on Lescott as the Hammers look to shore up their defense in hopes of avoiding relegation from the Premier League.

    However, says Jackson, Lescott "may reject the transfer worth £90,000-a-week because he is hopeful of attracting a higher-placed club in a bid to force his way into England's squad for the World Cup finals in Brazil."

    It might not be down to Lescott's desires anyway.

    "I repeat, when this transfer window is over at the end of January, we will see what happens. At the moment, Joleon will stay here with the team," said Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini recently per Damian Spellman of the Independent.

    Any level of play Lescott could provide to save the Hammers from the drop would probably draw a lot of interest in him. But that says more about West Ham than it does about Lescott.