Happy New Year! And what a New Year’s Day it has been with City winning away at Swansea.
Unfortunately, Arsenal and Chelsea also won, but many a Blue will be smiling after United lost at home to hurt their chances of qualifying for the
Champions Europa League.
On to the news…
However, Turkish side Besiktas are making an attempt to sign him in January. This isn’t even newspaper speculation, as their board member Ahmet Kavalc has come out and said it:
“We are negotiating with City over Lescott. There will be some important developments about this on Thursday.”
Besiktas would have no need to negotiate with City if they wanted Lescott in the summer, since his contract ends then, so that comment seems to confirm that they want him in January.
Lescott’s agent has also confirmed interest from the Turkish club to Sky Sports, but made it clear that Joleon is focusing on City right now and that if Besiktas want him before his contract ends, they will have to negotiate something with City.
Lescott would surely only be let go in January if a replacement was signed. City have made moves to sign Kurt Zouma in recent months, but aren’t alone in that particular chase for one of Europe’s biggest prospects.
Eliaquim Mangala, Nicolás Otamendi (both Porto) and Ezequiel Garay (Benfica) are some of the other defenders who have been scouted by City, but January deals with Portuguese clubs are never easy.
Despite rumours linking him with Napoli and Benfica (in a swap deal with Nemanja Matić), Javi Garcia’s agent Manuel Garcia Quilon has told Radio Renascenca in Portugal that his client is happy at City and has no plans to leave.
“Javi Garcia to Lisbon? We have no news about it. The player liked his time in Lisbon and how he developed as a player but he is now at Manchester City.
“In the current situation, we have not even looked at the possibility (for a move) for he is happy in England, with City and fighting for titles.”
Guidetti has made the bench a couple of times for City, but weekly football would be better both for his recovery and development.
In recent days, the Daily Mail has linked Guidetti with a January loan move to Stoke or West Ham. Clubs from all over Europe are interested in him, including La Liga’s Málaga and Real Betis, but a Premier League move would allow City to evaluate his ability and potential at this level.
Guidetti has split from his agent Per Jonsson in recent days, but his dad Mike Guidetti said there is no special meaning to this. On his son’s City future, Mike said:
“Since he is with City and does not intend to leave the club, there is no problem.”
Following months of speculation, 22-year-old midfielder Abdisalam Ibrahim is set to leave City after seven years with the club.
Ibrahim has been linked with many big clubs around England and Europe, but the latest rumours link him with more modest French sides Saint-Étienne, Toulouse and Lorient.
Abdi confirmed to Sky Sports that his future lies elsewhere, saying:
“I wanted to sign for a Premier League club but it looks like I could be going abroad as I am getting better proposals.
“I just want to play regular football for a coach who will also develop me and improve my game.
“I’m 22-years-old now, it’s not time for me to be just training and not having to be looking forward to a game on a Saturday.”
Ibrahim has made three first team appearances for City and was seen as a big prospect, but like Abdul Razak, who joined Anzhi this season, hasn’t developed quite as well as the club hoped.
Kelechi Iheanacho’s move to City could be back on, according to MTNFootball.com.
This strange saga has seen the U17 World Cup MVP sign a contract with City and pass a medical, only to back off when the club made it clear they wouldn’t release certain financial bonuses until he turned 18.
Iheanacho has since been negotiating with FC Porto, according to reports from Nigeria, and there are even stories saying Porto’s rivals, Sporting Lisbon, could sneak in and sign the attacking prospect.
But MTNFootball.com claims that agents are working on getting UK visas for the Iheanachos to iron out disagreements with City and for Kelechi to join the club.
City are reported to be closing in on a deal for his Nigeria U17 team-mate, Chidiebere Nwakali, as reported here a few days ago.
NBC’s record audience for a Premier League game this season was City’s drubbing of United on September 13, with 852,000 people witnessing that masterclass.