Manchester City Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of January 20

Phil KeidelContributor IIJanuary 20, 2014

Manchester City Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of January 20

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    Manchester City are feeling pretty super these days.
    Manchester City are feeling pretty super these days.Jon Super/Associated Press

    One late summer day a few years back, my father and his friend Tom were at the driving range. My father was working on his 7-iron swing. He hit one really well and said to Tom, "I think that shot was perfect."

    A few swings later my father caught another one flush and said, "That one was even better." And Tom, without missing a beat, turned to my father and said, "Better than perfect?"

    Manchester City are not a perfect football club. But it is getting harder and harder to find the flaws in the diamond these days.

    "City's record since their last defeatthat now traditional 1-0 reverse at Sunderlandis now played 17, won 15 and drawn two across all competitions. And scored 57," wrote David Mooney recently for ESPNFC.com.

    It is probably for this reason that the transfer rumours that generally pop up around City are noticeably subdued. As they are playing right now, how much can manager Manuel Pellegrini really do in the transfer window to make City better?

    Still, there are a few noteworthy stories to tell.

Luke Shaw to City?

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    City got a good look at Shaw in December.
    City got a good look at Shaw in December.Kirsty Wigglesworth/Associated Press

    MONDAY, JANUARY 20

    Manchester City's three strikers—Sergio Aguero, Alvaro Negredo and Edin Dzeko—are three of the most prolific in football right now.

    "It’s taken just five months and 34 matches for Manchester City to score their 100th goal of the season, with the strike coming courtesy of Edin Dzeko against Cardiff," wrote Hannah Duncan for the Metro.

    Not surprisingly, then, most of City's focus in the transfer window is apt to be on the rear guard.

    Per Paul Gorst of the Mirror:

    Former England manager Glenn Hoddle believes Southampton's Luke Shaw should jump at the chance to make a move to one of the Premier League giants. Shaw...has been a reported target for City, Chelsea and Manchester United.

    Alan Wilson reported for the same tabloid earlier last week that Pellegrini is cool on Shaw. "No, no, no. I don’t confirm about any names because we are not concerned about that in this moment," Pellegrini said. "I am not talking about transfers at this moment because it is not our priority."

    According to Gorst, Hoddle does not think Shaw will be moved in this transfer window anyway: "I don’t think he’ll leave in this transfer window but certainly at the end of the season. He’s got a bright future, which will include England honours."

    Maybe one to watch this summer, then.

Kurt Zouma to City?

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    Zouma is an item on many wish lists.
    Zouma is an item on many wish lists.Rasmus Baaner/Associated Press

    MONDAY, JANUARY 20

    City's defensive concerns—after Vincent Kompany and Pablo Zabaleta, which defenders do you really trust?—have manager Manuel Pellegrini continually looking out for reinforcements.

    Saint-Etienne defender Kurt Zouma, a 19-year-old phenom on the back line, is popping up on the radars of many bigger clubs including City.

    Per Alex Richards of the Mirror:

    [Zouma] is seen as one of the top prospects currently in Ligue 1 and has recently spoken about dialogue between himself and Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho. However, Manchester City are also believed to hold an interest in the young powerhouse...

    Saint-Etienne vice president Dominique Rocheteau has recently denied that Zouma will leave this winter: "It's true, many clubs are watching, it was the case last season, many foreign clubs came to see [him]. But today, there's no [chance] he leaves in the winter transfer window."

    Another name to file away for summer, perhaps.

Diego Lopez to City?

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    Lopez could be brought in to push Joe Hart.
    Lopez could be brought in to push Joe Hart.Denis Doyle/Getty Images

    MONDAY, JANUARY 20

    Manchester City are in the midst of a wildly successful season. So it seems a bit grabby and greedy to mention that, but for a loss of form from keeper Joe Hart early on, City might be in a position to run away and hide at the top of the Premier League table.

    City boss Manuel Pellegrini made do with second-choice keeper Costel Pantilimon while Hart struggled. Hart seems to have moved beyond his struggles and is once again playing great football. Still, Pellegrini may well believe that stiffer competition than Pantilimon is needed to keep Hart playing his best.

    Which is why a move for Real Madrid keeper Diego Lopez might be in the offing.

    According to Paul Gorst of the Mirror, "Pellegrini is still keen to add another stopper to his ranks...and City are set to go head-to-head with Borussia Dortmund for (Lopez's) signature."

    Whether Lopez would leave the Bernabeu and his present position as Madrid's starting keeper to compete for a job with the incumbent Hart is a puzzler.

Jack Rodwell to Stay at City?

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    Rodwell's stay at City has been a big disappointment thus far.
    Rodwell's stay at City has been a big disappointment thus far.Alex Livesey/Getty Images

    MONDAY, JANUARY 20

    By now, Manchester City midfielder Jack Rodwell might welcome a transfer away from the Etihad. 

    "Rodwell joined City in a deal worth up to £15 million from Everton in 2012, but has made only 21 appearances in all competitions since then as injuries have taken a toll on the England hopeful," wrote Tom Hopkinson for the Mirror recently. 

    If Rodwell does want to leave, though, City manager Manuel Pellegrini is apparently going to make him wait. Per Hopkinson:

    ...City’s Chilean boss has ­reaffirmed his ­position that their man has a role to play between now and the end of May. The injuries to Samir Nasri and Jesus Navas ­provided Pellegrini with a gentle ­reminder that he will need to utilise all of his squad in the coming months...

    Thus, despite (per Hopkinson) "interest from two or three Premier League rivalsas well as ­Spanish outfit Malaga," Rodwell looks to be staying put for now.