With just three days left until the end of the transfer window, OTBM looks at a few of the rumours flying around.
First on the list is Parma’s highly rated midfielder McDonald Mariga. Following the failure to sign Real Madrid’s Fernando Gago, manager Roberto Mancini has turned to the 22 year old amid interest from both Milan clubs, Napoli and Arsenal.
At 6’3” tall, Mariga would add much needed height to the midfield and is reported to be in the same mould as Chelsea’s Michael Essien. £10m is the reported asking price and the blues may allow striker Valeri Bojinov to remain permanently at Parma as part of any deal.
From Parma to Middlesbrough. That’s a horrible thought but it’s only for winger Adam Johnson. The England Under 21 international has been Boro’s star performer this season in what has been a disappointing campaign for the North East club.
Johnson has reportedly asked manager Gordon Strachan for permission to speak to City, although the former United midfielder is hoping to keep hold of Johnson until at least the summer. However, the winger will be out of contract by then and could move for free, although the blues have reportedly offered £5m for the youngster.
Next up is a player who may be following Robinho out of Eastlands. Benjani has been targeted by Sunderland and may move to the North East on loan until the end of the season. Robinho secured a loan transfer to former club Santos on Thursday.
The transfer window shuts on Monday and although City were again expected to be big spenders, they have only signed Patrick Viera so far. So will Johnson get his wish and join the blues? If so, what will it mean for Petrov or SWP? Is Mariga City’s Essien?
Another couple of days and we’ll find out. Keep tuned.
PS, sorry the site wasn’t updated yesterday. Post derby blues and too much ribbing from United fans I’m afraid but normal service is back.
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