Manchester City have denied Emmanuel Adebayor’s claim that a deal has been agreed for him to move to Juventus in January, reports the Press Association.
The Togolese striker had indicated his rumoured Serie A switch was a done deal, telling Belgian magazine Sport/Foot that his relationship with boss Roberto Mancini had broken down.
“I do not know what I did, but he never plays me,” the 26-year-old said. “I am going to have a change of scene during the transfer window. And I can already tell you that City have reached an agreement with Juventus for a loan. I therefore expect to be able to leave in December.”
While City have since refuted the suggestion that a deal has been agreed it would appear Adebayor is set for a January exit regardless. Even his recent hat-trick against Lech Poznan has not changed his manager’s thinking with the striker an unused substitute in the weekend rout of Fulham.
Silva: Tevez to win us title.
David Silva has said that Carlos Tevez’s goals can see Manchester City lift a first Premier League title, according to The Sun.
The Spanish winger, signed from Valencia in the summer, has taken time to adjust to the pace of the English game but has produced some sparkling performances, notably in last weekend’s 4-1 hammering of Fulham in a front three with Tevez and Yaya Toure.
With City now just three points off Chelsea following the leaders’ recent poor form, Silva believes City have a real chance and that Tevez is the key man. “Carlos is one of the best I have played with,” he said. “He’s a great striker and I’m excited to play with him.
“We just need to keep trying to win the games. Everyone has been losing points and we also lost some points, but we need to keep on trying to do our job.”
City in Hulk link.
The nation’s headline-writers are once again licking their lips, with Manchester City once again linked with a January move for fantastically-monikered striker Hulk.
The Porto striker, real name the far less catchy Givanildo Vieira da Souza, has been linked with a host of Europe’s top clubs in recent times and The Mirror report that Roberto Mancini will seek to ease the burden on Carlos Tevez by offering £20m for the Brazilian in January.
Hulk has enjoyed a fantastic start to the season, with 16 goals in as many games helping Porto open up a 10-point lead at the top of the league table. While City have indicated January will not see their usual recent levels of investment a striker is clearly a priority, with Emmanuel Adebayor and Roque Santa Cruz expected to be moved on and Craig Bellamy out on loan.