City are poised to hand Kolarov a surprise lifeline and offer him a new deal to stay at the Etihad.
The Serbian left-back, 28, appeared to be heading for the exit and has 12 months remaining on his current £90,000 a week deal going into this summer.
A number of clubs, including Mancini’s Galatasaray, are keen to do business at a reduced £8m. Italian giants Roma and Inter Milan have also expressed an interest.
City, however, want to sit down with Kolarov before the season is out and discuss a potential new two-year extension.
Kolarov has managed to force his way in ahead of Gael Clichy on a number of occasions this term and is certainly enjoying his best spell at the club.
Pellegrini has clearly had a positive impact on AK, who has been outstanding in recent weeks.
A new deal would be on reduced terms, but with lucrative bonuses inserted.
If Pellegrini thinks he is now worth it, who are we to argue?
As we exclusively revealed last week, West Ham are more than willing to ‘pony-up’ the £90,000 a week it would require for Joleon to end his association with us.
And Lescott has made it clear he wants the move and will also sacrifice an additional loyalty payment, a figure we are not privy to, to also help push things through.
City have told the Hammers we will know one way for certain by January 20th if Lescott will get his wish.
This would seem to coincide with players who need to be registered for the next stages of the Champions League?
It’s a small window to try and make something happen in the market, but City are certainly pushing hard to find a top-class replacement.
It would appear our Stevan still has plenty of admirers, despite his injury problems with us.
Reports in Italy on Tuesday night revealed Inter Milan have failed with an approach to take him on loan this month for the rest of the season.
It’s clear the message isn’t getting through that Jovetic is genuinely injured, albeit, a succession of frustrating niggles and a dodgy stomach prior to kick-off at Leicester.
Of more concern to some blues will be the increasing moves by Juventus and their real intentions.
They are making it clear to City through their own transfer brokers that they are ‘willing’ to take ‘Jojo’ back to Italy this summer on a permanent basis.
Juve were left smarting last summer when Fiorentina preferred to do business with ourselves, owing to a long-standing rivalry between the two clubs.
Jovetic can still be a key player for us, and has all the talent in the world, something the likes of Juventus and Inter seem to agree on.
But unless Juventus are prepared to hand us back the full £22m we paid, or throw a Vidal or Pogba into the equation, it just smacks of sour grapes and trying to unsettle Jovetic?
Reports have been circulating the last 24 hours that West Ham United are ready to turn to Lescott to try and stop the rot.
We have an excellent contact who has been able to confirm the interest is indeed correct and the lengths they are willing to go to to entice the player.
Owner David Sullivan has personally intervened to guarantee Lescott’s £90,000 a week wages until the end of the season – making him the club’s top earner alongside crock striker Andy Carroll.
But the incentive package does not stop there.
The Hammers will agree to pay an additional £1.5m bonus if he helps to keep the club in the Premier League and agrees to sign for the club permanently this summer.
A further three-year agreement of £50,000 a week wages has turned Lescott’s head even further.
City were intent on keeping the defender until the end of his contract but are now willing to do business as long as we are able to recruit a replacement, with no need to subsidise Lescott’s wage.
Under the terms of Joleon’s contract, he is owed £2.1m in wages by City until June 1st.
City are happy to allow the player to negotiate with Turkish side Besiktas, and others, during this window, and WILL seek a top-level replacement if a sale is eventually concluded.
Joleon is more than happy to stay put until the end of the season. His handlers, however, feel he can still break back into the England World Cup reckoning with a high-profile move now.
City are of the mind that any buying club should pick up the majority of his severance package if they want him right away, and incorporate it in his signing-on fee.
Besiktas have made an initial offer of £40,000 a week and we could hear something later today from their president.
Joleon was always overpriced at £24m and it’s fair to say his ball control is the one facet of his game which has left him exposed.
But he has been a loyal servant and has never rocked the boat like some other big-money cast-offs.
Lescott’s agents are hoping they can reach a compromise deal with both City and Besiktas where they pay £1m each to settle the existing wages due to him, and waiver a transfer fee.
Good luck whatever the outcome.
It might still be off the radar for most, with upcoming Cup games against Blackburn Rovers and West Ham United over the next week.
But our chances of another win at St James’ Park, when the Premier League resumes, have been handed a timely booster following the straight red card Mathieu Debuchy received against West Brom on New Year’s Day.
The right-back has been one of Newcastle’s best players this season and will now miss the next three games.
If ever there was a game for our man Jesus to be invited to walk on water…