Manchester City Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of February 10
Manchester City are busy trying to win the Premier League title, but that doesn't stop Manuel Pellegrini's men being linked with all sorts of moves when the transfer window reopens in the summer.
That is part and parcel of life as one of the richest clubs in the world. Whatever happens in their pursuit of this season's league championship, the ins and outs at City are sure to be fascinating.
A crucial week for the Citizens sees them face Sunderland in the league on Wednesday before an FA Cup meeting with Chelsea on Saturday. Whilst they are busy trying to win those games, we'll document the transfer news and rumours surrounding the club.
Last updated Friday, February 14
Agreement Reached for Young Argentinean Star?
The paper quote Racing's owner Victor Blanco, who says:
Every season Racing puts together a side to battle for the title, and then nothing happens.
So we wanted to keep the side [this season] and reinforce it.
But we have several highly coveted gems, such as Luciano Vietto, Rodrigo De Paul and Bruno Zuculini, who has already signed an agreement to leave in June to join Manchester City.
Zuculini has eight caps for Argentina's under-20 side.
City to Miss out on Mangala as PSG Wait in the Wings
Manchester City's plans to sign Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala could come under threat from Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain according to the Daily Mirror.
The France centre-back is almost certain to be on the move in the summer, and a £35million bid from the top dogs in his country could see him switch to his homeland as opposed to the Premier League.
Mancini Eyes Move for Nastasic
TalkSPORT report that former City manager Roberto Mancini is set to return to the Etihad Stadium to try and prise defender Matija Nastasic away.
Mancini, now manager at Galatasaray, will look to take advantage of City's search for a new defender in the summer and of Nastasic's uncertain future at the club with a bid, although the Turkish giants are likely to have to pay big money to sign the Serbian.
Fernando to Be Secured in the Summer
They may have missed out on him in the January window, but City have now won the race to sign Porto's Fernando on a free transfer in the summer, according to the Paul Hetherington of the Daily Star.
City are believed to have beaten neighbours United, Liverpool and Juventus to the signing of the 26-year-old defensive midfielder, who could have moved to Manchester for £8 million last month, but will instead make the switch for free when his contract expires.
Or...Matuidi to Move on a Free Transfer
Contrary to the report in the Daily Star, talkSPORT cite reports from Portugal claiming that Fernando has signed a new deal at Porto, which has forced City to look at Paris Saint-Germain's Blaise Matuidi.
The French international will also be available on a free in the summer, and he'd be considered a strong addition to a City squad expected to fight on several fronts again next season.
Shock Swoop for Arsenal's Bacary Sagna?
Jack Wilson of the Daily Star reports on another potential free transfer arrival at City, with Bacary Sagna's decision to turn down a new contract at Arsenal understood to be attracting attention from both Manuel Pellegrini's men and Jose Mourinho's Chelsea.
Micah Richards' progress has stalled due to a lack of playing time. Meanwhile, Pablo Zabaleta needs some competition. Therefore, the move for the 31-year-old would make sense, despite Sagna's presence in the Arsenal defence that was so overrun by Liverpool on Saturday.
Gareth Barry to Swap City for Arsenal
A player who could be making the opposite move from Manchester to London is Gareth Barry, who is a target for Arsenal when his contract expires, according to John Richardson of the Express (h/t to the Metro).
Barry, who has no future at City, has impressed on loan at Everton this season.
While his parent club refused to sanction a similar switch to Arsenal in the summer, seeing them as a title rival, there will be nothing that they can do to prevent a permanent move to the Gunners when his contract runs out.
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