Will Mario Balotelli trigger a mass clearout at Manchester City this summer?
With the season drawing to a close and managers starting to plan for next season, football reporter Michael Catling looks at the transfer rumours circulating around the football community.
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is planning a mass clearout at the club this summer with Mario Balotelli leading the exodus, reports caughtoffside.com.
Mancini has allegedly been told by the clubs hierarchy that funds must be generated through player sales and the Italian looks set to wield the axe on a number of players, including Carlos Tevez and Nigel de Jong.
Similarly, the Daily Express claims that Leeds United boss Neil Warnock is also planning a big overhaul of his squad with the future of a number of first-team players in doubt. Warnock was unhappy after Leeds’ 2-0 home defeat to Derby County last night and said after the game that: “there are a lot of players playing that aren’t going to be here next season.”
Swansea have suffered a blow in their attempts to make Gylfi Sigurdsson’s loan move to the Liberty Stadium permanent after his parent club TSG 1899 Hoffenheim revealed they will offer him a second chance next season, The Sun reports.
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The Icelandic midfielder has impressed since joining in January and has already notched six league goals from midfield.
Furthermore, The Sun also believes that Arsenal striker Carlos Vela wants to turn his loan-move at Real Sociedad into a permanent one after impressing in his debut season in La Liga. T
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he Mexican international joined the Spanish club on-loan until the end of the season last summer and has already notched nine league goals for the Basque club.
Elsewhere, the Metro claims that Juventus winger Milos Krasic has issued a come and get me plea to Tottenham Hotspur. The Serbian international was heavily linked with a number of English clubs including Tottenham in the January transfer window but a move never materialised. However, his agent has reportedly stated that he will leave the Italian club at the end of the season.
Manchester City could face a battle to keep highly-rated youngster Ashley Smith-Brown, according to the Daily Mail, with Barcelona ready to offer the 16-year-old a trial at the club. Smith-Brown impressed for the England under-16s in their 1-0 victory over Spain in February and has reportedly caught the eye of Barcelona’s scouts.
City rivals Manchester United have targeted Birmingham City goalkeeper Jack Butland as a potential back-up to David de Gea. The 19-year-old has impressed for England’s under-21 side and Sir Alex Ferguson could test Birmingham’s resolve with a �3 million bid. – Daily Mail
Celtic striker Morten Rasmussen has claimed he is prepared to stay at the club and see out the end of his contract, the Daily Record reports. The Danish forward has fallen down the pecking order at Parkhead but after loan spells at Sivasspor, AaB and Mainz, he has conceded that he is happy to stay in Glasgow if a buyer cannot be found.
Chelsea and Bayern Munich could go head-to-head in a battle to sign Paraguay starlet Mauro Caballero, according to the Daily Mirror. The 17-year-old impressed at the Copa Libertadores and is valued at �5 million.
Lastly, West Bromwich Albion will step up their efforts to sign Rangers striker Steven Naismith in the summer and will increase their offer to �2.5 million after having a bid rejected earlier this month. – Daily Mail.