City transfer talk: 12 August – Milner, Balotelli, Ireland, Bellamy, Caicedo all in talks!
With the international friendlies over, it’s back to transfer dealings in what looks like being a busy 48 hours before the season opener against Tottenham.
According to the Birmingham Mail, James Milner was all set to drive up to Manchester last night, until Villa told him otherwise. A hitch regarding Stephen Ireland’s move to Villa was cited as the reason.
Mixed reports on Ireland’s whereabouts today with some claiming he’s talking to Villa and others that he’s having a medical with them. The majority put a hold-up down to his people negotiating a pay-off from City. The Mirror on the other hand claim Spurs have now declared an interest in signing the Irishman and he’d like to talk to them.
Given that Harry Redknapp is looking to make a big money bid for Ashley Young and also needs defensive cover, a move for Ireland is surprising. Surely Harry wouldn’t be trying to hold up the Milner transfer before we play Spurs on Saturday. Would he?
Mario Balotelli celebrates his 20th birthday today and Corriere dello Sport reckon he could be getting a City shirt as a present after Inter reduced their asking price from 30 million to 28 million euros. His agent Mino Raiola has been busy and the deal is close to conclusion with Inter in a hurry to spend the proceeds on a replacement.
It would be teriffic to see the Milner and Balotelli deals finally concluded, but they would barely have time to be introduced to their new teammates before Saturday’s game. A place on the bench is the best either could expect.
Sky report that Felipe Caicedo is set for talks with West Ham about a loan move with a view to a permanent transfer. Caicedo has been our forgotten striker of late and it would be good to see him fixed up.
Former City youth teamer, Neil Lennon has been quick to state Celtic’s interest in taking Craig Bellamy on loan. He claims Celtic are in talks with City and Craig. Following Bellamy’s comments prior to the Wales game and his omission from the initial Europa League squad, this could be a happy solution for City.
Selling him to our rivals in the form of Spurs would obviously be a risk. Unlike Onuoha or Caicedo, the main concern would be whether his transfer value might diminish during a loan period as injuries and age catch up with him.
One other point concerns the Europa League squad for the play-off round. David Silva has been omitted whilst he builds up his match fitness. However the Manchester Evening News report that only one change can be made to this squad for the next stage. As a consequence both Milner and Silva couldn’t be entered. Balotelli would be ok as he’s under 21.
- What do you make of this likely flurry of activity?