Manchester City Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of February 24

Mark Jones@@Mark_Jones86Featured ColumnistFebruary 24, 2014

Manchester City Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of February 24

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    Following their edgy 1-0 win over Stoke at the weekend, which ensured Manchester City kept pace with the teams at the top of the Premier League table, Manuel Pellegrini and his players have turned their collective attention toward Sunday's Capital One Cup final.

    Sunderland are the opponents standing in the way of the Chilean earning a first trophy in English football, but Pellegrini will already be thinking about how he can improve his squad in the summer, regardless of what happens in the remainder of the current campaign.

    Players will come and go from the Etihad Stadium, but what is the latest transfer buzz surrounding the club?

    Here we keep track of all of the latest City rumours.

    Last updated Thursday February 27

City Entering Three-Way Luke Shaw Fight?

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    The Guardian report that Southampton left-back Luke Shaw has been added to City's wanted list in the summer, although Manuel Pellegrini's side face competition from Chelsea and Manchester City for the 18-year-old.

    However, the newspaper states that it is Chelsea who are the favourites to land the young Englishman given that Shaw is a fan of the club and the fact that his parents live near the Blues' training ground in Cobham.

Victor Valdes Hints at City Summer Move

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    Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo believe that Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has hinted at a move to City in the summer when his Nou Camp contract expires.

    It had been widely expected that the 32-year-old Spanish international would move to Monaco in the summer, but this hint would suggest that his future is far from crystal clear just yet.

Liverpool Target Move for James Milner?

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    No less an authority than the official Manchester City website highlighted a rumour on Wednesday that Liverpool were preparing a move for City midfielder James Milner.

    Citing a report on Caught Offside, quote the report which claims that Milner, who has made just seven Premier League starts this season, is undecided over whether or not to enter into talks over a new contract, and that he could be tempted by a move to Brendan Rodgers' hard-working Reds side, where you could certainly see him fitting in.

Samir Nasri Set for Contract Extension?

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    Samir Nasri's fine form this season is set to be rewarded with a three-year contract extension, according to a report in the Daily Mirror.

    The Frenchman has become a key player under the tutelage of Manuel Pellegrini having previously been marginalised under Roberto Mancini, and having recently returned from injury he is set to play an important role in City's title challenge.

Joleon Lescott Admits He's Playing to Impress Suitors

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    Defender Joleon Lescott has admitted that his time at Manchester City will be over when his contract runs out in the summer, and that he is now solely playing to impress clubs who might want to sign him.

    Lescott, 31, hasn't played in the Premier League since the 2-1 win over Liverpool on Boxing Day. Having completed the 90 minutes in the first three league games of the season, he's only managed it four times since.

    Speaking to the Daily Express, an understanding Lescott said:

    My days at City are numbered but there is no bad feeling. I've known for a while but there is no resentment.

    I know my contract won't be renewed, so every performance I've put in this season has been like being in the shop window.

    Hopefully someone is watching and wants to sign me. 

Scott Sinclair Holds Talks with Pepe Mel

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    He's unlikely to ever get back in the reckoning at Manchester City, and Scott Sinclair's loan spell at West Bromwich Albion is now turning a little sour too.

    The winger has only featured once from the bench since the Spaniard took over at The Hawthorns, and that led to him holding talks with the ex-Betis boss.

    Mel told the West Brom website:

    On Friday Scott Sinclair spoke with me. I told him he is a good player, a good winger.

    At the moment West Brom need hard work on the pitch. But I assured Scott Sinclair he will play in the future.
    It is normal he is disappointed he is not playing. But I can only pick 11 and it is difficult every day.