Manchester City are lining up a shock move for Newcastle defender Fabricio Coloccini. According to reports in the Metro and Daily Star, Roberto Mancini is looking at the 30-year-old to provide back-up to his current first team defenders, Vincent Kompany and Joleon Lescott. However it is extremely unlikely that Alan Pardew would be wiling to let the Argentine leave as is he a crucial part of the first eleven that helped Newcastle to their best league position in 8 years.
Coloccini had his strongest season in English football in the last campaign, playing 31 league games and earning himself a spot in the PFA team of the year. The Newcastle captain only signed a four-year deal recently so a move to the champions could be an expensive one.
Roberto Mancini has responded to talk that he is weighing up an offer for Robin Van Persie. The Daily Mail have the Manchester City manager quoted as saying that he believes a deal for the Arsenal striker, in the region of £25 million, is possible given the current contract issues he is having with the club.
The English champions are no strangers to the Arsenal transfer list having signed Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy, Kolo Toure and Emmanuel Adebayor in the previous few seasons from the North London club. But this time it could prove a little more difficult with Arsene Wenger fighting tooth and nail to keep Van Persie at the Emirates. The striker found the net 30 times last season in 38 league games.
The agent of Bologna playmaker Gaston Ramirez has suggested that Manchester City are not the only side interested in signing the player. The London Evening Standard are today reporting that the 21-year-old Uruguayan is wanted by numerous clubs, the Premier League champions being one of them. This report comes on the same day that the Daily Mail claim Tottenham are in the hunt for Ramirez should Van Der Vaart leave for Schalke this summer.
Ramirez has played 58 times for Bologna since arriving in 2010, scoring 12 times. He is yet to find the net at international level but has played 9 games for his country. Valued at £15 million, the midfielder only signed a contract extension this season, extending his deal until 2016.
Nigel de Jong has appeared on the radar of Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger. The Daily Mirror are reporting that after the breakdown of talks with Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila, Wenger is turning his attention closer to home. Arsenal had earmarked up to £17 million for M’Vila so it is unlikely that CIty will price De Jong out of their range.
Having been a consistent performer in past seasons De Jong failed to make an impact on City’s first title win, only making 14 league appearances, over half of that in the previous two campaigns. It is thought that Mark Hughes is also monitoring the situation, believing that reuniting with the player he signed for City in 2009 would help propel QPR to the next level.
The agent of Lazio right back Stefan Radu has responded to suggestions that the Romanian could be leaving Rome and heading to the English top tier. The Independent have quoted him as saying that they are in talks with people in England and that there are three clubs interested in signing the 25-year-old.
Speculation as to who these clubs are is so far unconfirmed but it is thought that Manchester City and Arsenal are amongst the clubs battling for his signature. Of course City are linked to most players at the moment but with Bacary Sagna breaking his leg for the second time this season, Arsenal could be exploring new options in that position. Radu has played just short of 100 games for Lazio since arriving in 2008.
Man City winger Adam Johnson could be given a chance to resume his England career with a move to Sunderland.
The 24-year-old has slipped down the pecking order at Man City under Roberto Mancini and its thought that the Italian has raised doubts over Johnson’s attitude toward defensive duties, and the Daily Mirror report that Sunderland are interested in a move.
Either on a permanent deal or a loan, Martin O’Neill hopes the chance of regular football could be enough to lure Johnson to the Stadium of Light however his wage demands in excess of £50,000 could prove to be a stumbling block.
Man City are to re-ignite their pursuit of Barcelona defender Dani Alves according to TalkSport and it could see a player go the other way.
Roberto Mancini is a known admirer of the 29-year-old and has already signalled his intent to buy big this summer and its rumoured that a €15million bid could be enough providing Man City include a player which is thought to be Aleksander Kolarov.
According to TalkSport, Spanish newspaper Sport report that City have approached Barcelona regarding the deal but it is not known whether new Catalan boss Tito Vilanova regards Alves as an important part of his squad
The Guardian has today reported that Adebayor is in talks with Tottenham and Man City to make a permanent switch to the London club, following his loan there last season. It is no secret that Adebayor does not feature in Mancini’s plans, and so the striker is looking to move after impressing Harry Redknapp. The striker could provide a long term solution to the problem of finding a top quality striker to allow Tottenham to compete with the elite clubs.
The only stumbling block in the deal will be Adebayor’s wage demands. He is rumoured to be collecting around £175,000 a week, and this is beyond any of Tottenham Hotspurs’ top earners, and with a strict budget being enforced at Spurs it is unlikely that they will be willing to meet this current contract.