According to the Telegraph, Joe Hart believes that Manchester City can still maintain their title challenge. The 3-0 loss to Arsenal on Sunday, their first home defeat of the season, meant that City are now five points behind leaders Chelsea.
The goalkeeper, however, felt that his teammates did enough to suggest they can remain in contention for the Premier League crown: “Going down to 10 men so early and playing against one of the best sides in Europe, it was to be expected that they would get the result. But the score in no way reflects how well we played. It was obviously a one-off that Dedryck Boyata got sent off with four minutes gone.
“We played really well and drew a lot of positives. People are coming back from injury now and it was nice to see Mario [Balotelli] getting his first Premier League action. Shaun Wright-Phillips and Pablo Zabaleta were not even in the squad, and I was thinking how ridiculously good our squad is, with all those players at our disposal. We’re level on points, second in the Premier League, and people are devastated. What does that say about this club now?”
City in for Dzeko.
The Daily Mail reports that Manchester City are ready to make another move for Wolfsburg striker Edin Dzeko.
Roberto Mancini is uncomfortable at how much his team rely on Carlos Tevez and he is considering testing the German side’s resolve in January. Wolfsburg wanted £40m in the summer for the Bosnian striker and although City refused to match this, they may be tempted to try again, especially with rumours that Manchester United and Juventus are also tracking the 24-year-old.
If they fail to land Dzeko, Mancini could instead look to Zlatan Ibrahimovic who joined AC Milan on loan from Barcelona in the summer. The 29-year-old is Mancini’s favourite striker in the world but it remains to be seen whether City will sanction any such move as they are looking to build for the future.
Given to Utd.
Goal.com reckons that Manchester United are interested in signing goalkeeper Shay Given. City were reportedly willing to offer the Republic of Ireland international as part of a deal to bring Wayne Rooney to the club. Despite that move collapsing, Sir Alex Ferguson is ready to reignite his interest in the 34-year-old and could be ready to make a move in the summer. Edwin van der Sar is expected to retire at the end of the season and the Old Trafford side have also been linked with Liverpool’s Pepe Reina.
A club source reportedly told Goal.com: “City want two top goalkeepers until the end of the season and have told Given that they want him to stay and they will then help him find a new club. They like him a lot but Hart is the undisputed No.1 now and Given is aware that his opportunities are likely to be limited. He wants regular first-team football and at his age does not want to be sitting on the bench every week. City were willing to offer him to United to smooth through the transfer of Rooney, and would have let him go in January in those unique set of circumstances. But now they are adamant that he stays as quality back-up until the summer window.”