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.