City transfer talk: 8 July part 2
As clubs get down to serious transfer business it’s been a busy day for City stories. Here’s a quick round-up.
The Guardian report that City haven’t made an offer for Luiz, despite what was said earlier in A Bola. They stop short of saying he isn’t a target, so the situation remains as unclear as ever.
Harry Harris at ESPN claims that City rejected a Â£16.7m offer for Robinho from Turkish club Besiktas. If Barca don’t take Robinho, then it will be interesting to see if we get a better offer. Not sure Robinho is quite ready for Turkey just yet.
20 year old Slovakian goalkeeper Filip Mentel has left the club to join Dundee United. With the number of youngsters coming into the club, and the quality of the first team these days, we’re likely to see more of these kind of transfers.
So long as young players benefit from being at the club then there time here can still be considered a success. It’s not realistic to expect all young players to make it through to the first team and the football league has plenty of our former youngsters making a decent living from the game.
David Ball, who missed most of last season with injury, is tipped for a season long loan at Swindon Town. Manager Danny Wilson is known for trying to get his teamsÂ to play good football, so hopefully this will be a positive experience for the City striker.
Fanatik in Turkey claim Fenerbahce are ready to make an offer for Roque Santa Cruz but whether they can come up with enough cash to satisfy City is another question. Just how much City eventually get for Santa Cruz will be interesting.
The same question might be asked of Jo. Real Sociedad are the latest to be linked with taking him on loan.
Jo is young, has potential and Spain may suit him. Therefore this loan makes sense for City before they try and seal a permanent deal for the Brazilian.
That’s enough for one day. At the moment the most likely deals to be completed next appear to be James Milner or David Luiz, though both are far from certain.