Manchester City are closely following young Ajax full-back Gregory van der Wiel, according to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.
Roberto Mancini has announced that he hopes to tighten up his defence and a four-man delegation, lead by technical director Mike Rigg, travelled to the Amsterdam ArenA to see the World Cup runner-up put in another solid performance for Ajax against Feyenoord.
The 22-year-old has two and a half years left to run on his contract and Ajax are understood to be unwilling to let the player leave the ArenA for less than £17million.
The youngster has said that he would love to play for Arsenal or Barcelona, who have both shown an interest in the player in the past, but Mancini will be hoping his friendship with Nigel de Jong will help persuade him to join Manchester City.
No Lukaku deal.
Roberto Mancini has announced that Manchester City will not buy 17-year-old wonderkid Romelu Lukaku in the near future, according to Sky Sports.
The Anderlecht forward has attracted the attention of some of Europe’s biggest clubs including Manchester United, Chelsea and AC Milan and has been touted as ‘the next Didier Drogba’ because of his size and goalscoring ability.
Mancini spoke highly of the Belgian, who has been in the Anderlecht first-team since the age of 16, but said that a bid in the current transfer window would not be made, adding that a move for the player further down the line could be on the cards: “Lukaku is a good player and he is young. Maybe in the future something will happen but at this moment, no.”
Vieira: We have winning mentality.
Patrick Vieira believes that the winning mentality of the players in the Manchester City dressing room will bring trophies to the Eastlands.
City progressed to the fourth round of the FA Cup on Tuesday when they beat Leicester City 4-2, they sit second in the Premier League behind rivals Manchester United on goal difference and still have the Europa League to play for this season.
Speaking to the Press Association, the Frenchman said that the competitive nature of the players in the side will make the difference between winning trophies and finishing runners-up: “We are a group of winners. You can have all the talent but if you don’t have winners in your team it is really difficult to win something.
“But in every position, we have them. With those kinds of players, the fans can be proud. More importantly, the future looks really good.”
Vieira continued: “When you look around the dressing room, providing we work hard, I don’t see why we can’t win something.”