The City Summary (January 9, 2014)

Yaya Toure is the 2013 CAF African Footballer of the Year!

Yaya broke Nigeria’s dominance at this year’s award by being named Africa’s best player for the third year running.

Only Samuel Eto’o, during his prime, has managed to win CAF’s version of the award three times on the bounce before.

Last month, City’s midfield talisman was named BBC African Footballer of the Year for the first time, and has now completed the 2013 double header by winning the CAF award.

Not bad for a “liability”, eh Didi?

At the same awards ceremony, Kelechi Iheanacho was named Africa’s Most Promising Talent on the day his father revealed more information about his future.

Iheanacho, the star of the 2013 U17 World Cup, wore a blue jacket when he received an award that recognised an impressive year for the 17-year-old.

Earlier today, his father James told Sports Radio Brila FM in Nigeria that his son has a pre-contract with City and that will become an official contract when he turns 18 this October.

It also emerged today that Kelechi could be joined not only by team-mate Chidiebere Nwakali, but by the “Nigerian Neymar” Musa Yahaya. City are in the hunt for the 16-year-old and you can read more about that possible deal here.

Manuel Pellegrini is one of four nominees for the Barclays Manager of the Month award, after City went through December unbeaten. Pellegrini’s competition for the award are Jose Mourinho, Roberto Martinez and (try not to laugh) David Moyes.

Meanwhile, three of the six nominees for Barclays Player of the Month are City players. Along with Luis Suarez, Ross Barkley and Theo Walcott, City trio Yaya, Negredo and Kompany are in contention.

Pellegrini has a great chance of winning his first Manager of the Month award in England, but it’s hard to look past Suarez for Player of the Month after he managed 10 goals and 4 assists in Liverpool’s 7 games last month.

Just when you thought City couldn’t get any more dangerous in attack, this man edges closer and closer to his long awaited return…

City have made a £37m bid for Porto and France defender Eliaquim Mangala according to Le10Sport in France.

22-year-old Mangala has been scouted intensively by City for a long time with the player himself admitting the Blues had made a late effort to sign him during the summer.

While City’s interest in Mangala is definite, it’s very important to note that Le10Sport is not a great source and deals a lot in gossip. Think of it like you would the Daily Star.

Despite the unreliable source, a move for Mangala is possible, but would be very expensive. Not just City but Chelsea, United, PSG and Monaco have been linked regularly with the young defender.

City have rejected a loan offer from Inter for Stevan Jovetic according to Sky Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio.

Inter sporting director Marco Branca asked about Jovetic while in London, but was turned away by City chiefs who plan to use the 24-year-old if he can just get fit.

As we revealed today, Juventus are also keen on “Jo-Jo” and tried to sign him last summer, but Fiorentina preferred to deal with City than a domestic rival.

Jovetic has the ability to be a key player for City, but if it just doesn’t work out the possibility of using him to sign Arturo Vidal or Paul Pogba next summer could be tempting.

City and Arsenal have dispatched scouts to watch Celtic centre-back Virgil van Dijk according to the Scottish Express.

22-year-old Virgil van Dijk only joined Celtic in the summer for £1.6m from Groningen, but his form for the Scottish giants has boosted his value to around £10m.

Finally, here’s a great look at City’s season so far in graphic form from WhoScored.

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