Manchester City Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of April 7
Manchester City and Liverpool are on a crash course into each others' paths this week. The Premier League rivals will meet Sunday at Anfield in a match that will help decide the league fates of both clubs.
Yet, the biggest battle between blue City and red Liverpool might be coming this summer.
When this Premier League season started, Luis Suarez was still serving a ban and Liverpool were thought to be a threat for Europa League qualification but little more.
At the time of writing, though, Suarez is the leading scorer in the league, which Liverpool leads at a very late date in the Premier League calendar.
Meanwhile, City never seem to know which of their expensive strikers will feature or score. Manuel Pellegrini is hoping that Sergio Aguero will be ready for Anfield, but that is all he can do—hope.
Would City really want to pry Suarez out of Liverpool with the promise of deeper Champions League runs than Liverpool are presently capable of?
It is going to be an interesting summer.
Ten goals. That is more goals in the league than Adam Lallana, or Danny Welbeck, or Alvaro Negredo have scored all season in any manner.
This is the effect that Luis Suarez has for Liverpool. As often as not, it is a foul on Suarez that sends Gerrard striding to the spot. Suarez has 29 goals in his own right; count the penalties he has created and he could be closer to 40 goals than 30.
Even knowing all of this, Manchester City's interest in Suarez is foolish.
Suarez thrives at Liverpool because, aside from Daniel Sturridge in open play and Gerrard on penalty kicks, no one else is expected to score there. Adding Suarez at City would mean jettisoning at least two of the strikers not named Sergio Aguero, maybe all three.
"Manchester City are the latest to be linked with a big-money bid for the Barclays Premier League's 29-goal leading scorer," wrote Carl Markham for the Independent recently.
Let's hope this remains idle speculation and nothing more.
"Manchester City are in the race for Bayer Leverkusen star Julian Brandt—but face a massive battle for him," reports Alan Nixon for the Mirror.
"Brandt picked Leverkusen in the summer as he wants to play regular football—and that will still play a part in his decision," added Nixon.
As if any club trying to sign him will not promise him first-team football. Brandt should ask Jack Rodwell how that goes.
As the Gin Blossoms sang in my salad days, "All last summer in case you don't recall, I was yours and you were mine...forget it all."
This past summer, my persistent refrain with reference to Manchester City transfer rumours was that City should spend every pound on Edinson Cavani.
Ah, but is it possible that Cavani's Parisian fling is becoming just that—a tawdry romp best left on the banks of the Seine?
Look at this from Nick Lustig in the Daily Star:
Cavani joined the big-spending French giants last summer from Italian outfit Napoli in a mega £53m deal, snubbing offers from Chelsea and Manchester City. However only eight months into his five-year deal at the Parc des Princes, Cavani is already unhappy at having to play in the shadow of Zlatan Ibrahimovic with manager Laurent Blanc often deploying him in a wide berth.
Get in there, City.
Centre-backs are notoriously hard to come by in the Premier League, as Manchester City can certainly attest.
Not surprisingly, Moreno's services are in high demand. "The 21-year-old left-back is wanted by Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool," the Metro noted (via the Daily Star).
This move would make sense for City, as neither Gael Clichy nor Aleksandar Kolarov are the future at left-back at the Etihad.