The City Summary (November 28, 2013)

City icon Sergio Aguero makes no pretensions of being the world’s best player, but reckons he can at least be number two!

Sergio rates his close friend Lionel Messi as the world’s best player, but has nothing but love for a man he has been friends with since their teenage years.

Aguero, who also reckons Chelsea are City’s main competitors for the title this season, told BBC Match of the Day Magazine:

“Messi is a very important person to me.

“Lionel is the best footballer in the world, but to me we are friends first, always. We started playing together when we were just 17 years old.

“He was always going to be the best, always. He’s the number one and maybe I can be number two. Not yet though, I’m doing OK but I have to keep training hard and playing well.”

There has been the occasional rumour of Aguero joining Barcelona in recent months, but how about the two of them playing together for City some day? You never know…

Could Javi Garcia be on his way out of City? A couple of days ago, the reputable and reliable Gianluca Di Marzio of Sky Italy reported that Garcia was one of several midfielders being considered by Serie A side Napoli.

This morning another Italian news agency Tuttosport claimed that Rafa Benitez is trying to block sporting director Riccardo Bigon’s £10m move to sign Lyon captain Maxime Gonalons, with the Napoli boss preferring his compatriot Garcia.

A third source, the TuttoNapoli site, later wrote there has been no contact, formal or informal, from Napoli for Garcia, the first reason to doubt Napoli’s alleged interest.

Garcia has struggled to adjust to the pace of English football, but could suit the slower paced and more tactical football of Serie A if there is anything to these reports.

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Another player linked with a move to Italy today is left-back Aleksandar Kolarov. Kolarov has never hit the heights in England that he did at Lazio, and Juventus were interested in him last summer.

Gazzetta dello Sport reported today that Inter, now backed by the riches of Indonesian businessman Erick Thohir, could make a move for Kolarov, who captained City for the first time in the Champions League last night.

The main obstacle for Inter, supposing City actually agreed to sell Kolarov, would be his high wages, thought to be in the region of £90,000-per-week.

Serie A is in an era of austerity and these sort of wages are difficult even for a club like Inter, so a compromise would have to be reached.

Unless a high quality replacement can be found, City may not even be interested in selling Kolarov in January, especially with Clichy’s form having dipped so much this season.

Inter are also reported to be one of the clubs interested in signing Edin Dzeko from City, with the Bosnian likely to leave before the start of next season.

21-year-old City forward Harry Bunn, who endured a difficult loan spell at League one side Sheffield United and ended up in the reserve team, has joined Championship side Huddersfield Town for a month.

Harry’s dad and former City reserve team coach Frankie Bunn is part of Huddersfield’s youth setup, as is former City youth coach Steve Eyre who worked with Harry for over a decade before leaving the Blues a couple of years ago.

This will be a sixth loan move away from City for Bunn, who is out of contract next summer.

Bunn wasn’t the only City youngster on the move today as Football League clubs raced to snap up players before the loan window shut at 5pm.

City EDS defender Ellis Plummer, a regular in Patrick Vieira’s side, has made his first loan move away from City by joining League One side Oldham on loan.

19-year-old Plummer, a former England U16 and U17 international, who can play centre-back or full-back, moves to the Latics on an initial 5-week loan.

He is the second City player to join Oldham this season following Slovakian playmaker Albert Rusnak, whose loan move was terminated after not working out.

A third young City player could be on the move in January, the prolific John Guidetti.

The young Swede is in high demand despite only recently returning from a long injury.

If you missed our exclusive on him earlier, check it out for some information on where he could end up if City decide to loan him out.

Finally, have you ever seen anything like this? This is Roberto Soldado’s heat map for Spurs against City. He spent more time in the centre circle than in City’s box!

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