There is an outside chance that City’s new £23m signing Samir Nasri could make his debut, when the Light Blues face Spurs in Sunday’s Premier League lunch time kick off at White Hart Lane, Sky Sports preview for the game suggests.
Given that Nigel De Jong remains unavailable for selection as a result of the foot injury which has plagued him of late, Nasri is set to compete for a place in City’s starting XI with James Milner.
However due to the effectiveness and intensity with which Milner performed during City’s 3-2 win at Bolton last Sunday, Nasri is likely to join Carlos Tevez on the substitutes bench, as Roberto Mancini will be reluctant to disrupt the attacking set-up – Milner and the roaming David Silva, supporting a front pair of Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko – which has succeeded for him so far this season.
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Ahead of the two teams Premier League meeting at White Hart Lane on Sunday Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has described Manchester City’s squad as strong as that of Barcelona, according to the London Evening Standard.
City have undertaken an extensive programme of investment in their playing staff over the past 12 months, to the point now that there is strength in depth to their squad which Redknapp claims is undoubtedly capable of challenging for this season’s Premier League title and only matched by Barcelona.
“They have a fantastic squad it is as strong as any in the world. They haven’t got Lionel Messi but they are still as strong as Barcelona, man for man. They have a big chance (for the title) this year. I’d see them pushing United and Chelsea all the way,” said Redknapp.
SWP attracting interest.
One of Manchester City’s forgotten men as a result of the influx of high-profile signings the club have made over the past 12 months, Shaun Wright-Phillips, has emerged as a transfer target for Wigan, Sky Sports understands.
Following the arrival of players such as Adam Johnson, David Silva and James Milner, opportunities in City’s first team have been limited for Wright-Phillips, with there being no sign that Roberto Mancini intends to bring the winger back from the wilderness and into his plans.
Subsequently, a host of clubs are believed to be monitoring the situation of Wright-Phillips, who is thought to, have held talks with Bolton and QPR, be the subject of a bid from Stoke and most recently have become a priority signing for Wigan manager Roberto Martinez.