Media round-up: Monday, 14th November
By Ric Turner, Mon 14 November 2011 09:25
The Metro report that City and United are in direct competition to sign Ajax's 19-year-old Danish international Christian Eriksen. The attacking midfielder would command a fee of around £20m.
The same paper also claim that Real Madrid are monitoring Nigel de Jong's contract situation. The Dutch midfielder's current deal runs out at the end of next season and he had hoped negotiations about improved terms would be completed by now, but City are unwilling to discuss a new deal until summer. Madrid coach Jose Mourinho sent a scout to watch De Jong in City's recent Champions League clash against Villarreal and is now weighing up making a £20million bid.
Inside Futbol, a website with perhaps even less credibility that Tribal Football, claim that City and Barcelona are interested in signing Brazilian international defender Thiago Silva from AC Milan, Silva, however, is under contract until 2016 so the Italian club would be a able to cmmand a large transfer fee.
According to the Daily Mail, City's technical director Mike Rigg has confirmed his interest in Borussia Monchengladbach winger Marco Reus, 22. Rigg said: "He is one of the most talented players in Germany and we have often watched him." Reus has a reported £15.4million buy-out clause in his contract that takes effect from the summer.
The Times report that City could sue Carlos Tevez for compensation if they forfeit a potential transfer fee of up to £50m by having to terminate his contract on grounds of gross misconduct, whilst The Guardian claim City's relationship with Tevez has deteriorated to the point that the club are not convinced the striker will attend his own disciplinary hearing to explain why he flew to Argentina.
Finally, City boss Roberto Mancini believes England have the capabilities to win Euro 2012 according to the Daily Mirror. “They are a good team. In my opinion they can win the European Championship. Why not?", chortled Mancini.