Since the end of the Premier League season last weekend, the media have gone into hyper-mode, with a constant stream of contradictory stories and rumours emanating from the UK Newspapers. It is hard enough to decipher the truth from the lies at the best of times, but now we are approaching the transfer window, all hell is let loose! We are taking a look at Manchester City and there are some major rumours surrounding the club.
Firstly, the manager’s position is still vacant and the news today that Manuel Pellegrini is definitely leaving Malaga at the end of the La Liga season, almost certainly means that he is going to be the next manager. With that out of the way, lets deal with the next chestnut; Radamel Falcao.
In this morning`s newspapers in the UK, it was stated as a matter of fact, that Falcao had already signed a deal worth £54m to move from Atletico Madrid. Now it just so happens that I lived in Spain for two years recently and Atletico was my team of choice. I watched David De Gea blossom into a potentially great goalkeeper and saw some excellent football, including Fernando Torres. I still have very good contacts at the club. I can tell you that Radamel Falcao has not signed for anybody; in fact, he has stated on television that he wants to stay at Atletico, especially as they will be in the Champions League next season.
To confirm that, the chief executive of Manchester City, Ferran Soriano has ruled out a swoop for Atletico Madrid hitman Radamel Falcao and rubbished reports Sergio Aguero could be on his way out of the club. However, Soriano says that City have never considered a move for Falcao, while he has also poured cold water on talk of a swoop for Brazilian starlet Neymar.
"Neymar and Falcao? These reports are false, they have never been on our agenda," he is quoted as saying on
So much for Falcao. What about Aguero? Soriano also made it clear that these rumours, which are based on reports of unhappiness during the latter stages of Roberto Mancini`s reign, were utterly baseless and untrue. Here is what he had to say about Aguero:-
"The first thing I want to emphasise is that we have never thought of selling Aguero. El Kun will be happy to stay with us this year," Soriano stated.
It is clear that you cannot rely upon the newspapers in the UK for transfer information, rather; misinformation. Manchester City may well be in the market for a striker, but that would then lead to doubts about the future of Tevez who has already said that he will not accept being pushed further down the pecking order at the club.
It looks like being an interesting transfer window at the Etihad!