Backed by the millions of Volkswagen, Wolfsburg have been known as one of the Bundesliga’s big spenders, with heavy net spend every year.
Some bad investments have seen the 2008/09 German champions fall out of contention in recent years, but the £17m signing of Brazil midfielder Luis Gustavo from Bayern Munich in August followed by £17m signing of Kevin De Bruyne from Chelsea this month shows they mean business again.
Now, according to Die Welt, they have Dzeko in their sights, the man who scored 85 goals in 142 games before City splashed out £27m for him over three years ago. Wolfsburg want a return to the Champions League and feel that Dzeko up front could help the cause.
It’s hard to see City sanctioning the January sale of Dzeko, who is in the best form of his City career and looks very happy. Letting an in-form striker go now would threaten City’s push for four trophies and with Jovetic yet to prove his fitness, there would be the risk of just two available strikers in the tough months to come.
Next summer could be a different story. Dzeko will have just 12 months left on his deal come June and City will either have to sell him or offer him a new contract.
If Dzeko continues to play like he has been and fully accepts Pellegrini’s rotation system, a new contract may be on the cards. Otherwise, the likes of Arsenal, Inter, Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg could bid for the striker and City may have to let him go.
City have completed the signing of Nigeria U17 World Cup winner Chidiebere Nwakali, who follows Kelechi Iheanacho from that talented squad to join City.
The move was confirmed by Nwakali’s agent, Babawo Mohammed, and as you can see below the 17-year-old, who can play in midfield or at right-back, has already been to Manchester where he passed a medical and signed his papers.
Nwakali has signed a 4-year deal according to his agent, but it wasn’t specified whether he can join before his 18th birthday or whether he has a pre-contract until then like Iheanacho was reported to have.
Reports claim that Nwakali could join up with City’s under-18 team soon, assuming he is able to get a work permit. Of last reports, City were trying to get a work permit from the Home Office for Iheanacho.
Another member of Nigeria’s U17 squad who was linked with City, Chidera Eze, is joining FC Porto. Near enough every member of the squad that dominated last year’s U17 World Cup is being snapped up by a European side.
If City can fend off competition, the “Nigerian Neymar” Musa Yahaya could make it a hat-trick of Nigerian signings for the Blues. Rumour has it, though, that Real Madrid have entered the race with City and Spurs for this particular starlet…
After winning their group at the ALKASS International Cup tournament, City’s U16s came up against Real Madrid’s U16s earlier today.
This was a high quality game between two good academy teams, but City didn’t play with the same fluency as in previous games. This could be down to fatigue setting in, with little time to rest between games, or the higher level of opposition.
It was a close match that remained 0-0 for the majority. Both teams wasted glorious chances, with Zackarias Faour, one of City’s best players in this competition, having a real off day and missing a handful of good openings.
Once again, young Spanish midfielder Manu Garcia stood out for City with his superb passing range and vision. Garcia is able to cut open defences from deep positions with just one pass and did so several times.
Local boy Will Patching also looked good again when on the ball, but wasn’t as involved as in previous games.
Unfortunately, City squandered their chances to win a game that Real Madrid slightly edged, and were ropey at the back, something that was finally exploited late on when Real pounced on a mistake by Demeaco Duhaney and scored.
It finished 1-0 to Real Madrid after they survived a late onslaught from the boy Blues, but City can again be proud of this talented young U16 team that has great potential.
The competition isn’t over yet, with losing teams set to face each other, and City play Japanese side Kashiwa Reysol tomorrow at 12:30pm GMT.
22-year-old City forward Alex Nimely has been charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol.
Nimely drove the wrong way down a one-way street and ended up smashing into several cars (and almost some people) as you can see here.
He isn’t the first young City player to make a stupid mistake, and this sort of reckless behaviour is something they’re trying to avoid with the younger age groups nowadays.
Nimely has been at City since 2008 and was seen as a good prospect, but his development has been hampered by regular injuries and he is expected to be released when his contract expires next summer.