The winter transfer window is just around the corner and, as has been the case ever since Sheikh Mansour took over the club in September 2008, Manchester City are making all the headlines. However, currently the press seems more preoccupied with those set to leave Eastlands than any prospective additions to Roberto Mancini’s squad.
First up is Shay Given, the Republic of Ireland keeper who lost his place at the beginning of the season to Joe Hart. Given has started just two games this season and it has been rumoured for some time that he would seek a January exit.
“My own personal situation isn’t ideal, as everyone knows, and we’ll see what happens over the next couple of months. I want to be playing football and so hopefully something will happen in the New Year. It’s frustrating and I’m not coping very well, to be honest.”
One less expected wantaway squad member is Adam Johnson, who is apparently growing frustrated with his own lack of playing time since his £7m arrival from Middlesbrough last winter. City boss Roberto Mancini has apparently been leaving the player out in a bit to improve his attitude; there is a feeling around Eastlands that Johnson has let the acclaim that comes with being a talented young English player go to his head, and needs bringing back down to earth.
Johnson has started only five matches all season, despite being one of City’s more explosive attacking threats, and hinted to The Sun that his patience was wearing thin.
“Every footballer has to think about it when the time comes,” he said. “It is still early but I definitely would consider it.”
Emmanuel Adebayor seems to be headed for the exit door too, with IMScouting claiming this morning that he will be loaned to Juventus in January with a view to a permanent deal.
The Togolese striker has been something of a controversial figure ever since his transfer from Arsenal, with recent reports claiming a breakdown in his relationship with Roberto Mancini. The two reportedly argued after the goalless draw with Manchester United last week and it appears Mancini is ready to move the striker on.
So it appears the winter transfer window will once again be something of a revolving door at Eastlands, but one target who won’t be joining is Edin Dzeko. City have been monitoring the forward for a while but did not want to pay his £32.5m release clause.
However, with City’s recent problems in front of goal, signing a new striker in January seems a priority. The Telegraph reports that the highly-rated Bosnian striker, currently with Bundesliga side Wolfsburg, has poured water on the notion of a January move.
“I have been saying that I am fully focused on Wolfsburg for the current season,” he said. “That is what I am still doing. I don’t see the point in thinking about a transfer.
“I am aware of the speculation, I am aware of almost every rumour. I know I have not said much with regard to a transfer, but I have not agreed anything.
“I have not signed anything with any of the clubs mentioned. Reading stories about me moving to this club or that club is really making me laugh. They are not true.”
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