Sunday’s gossip has a distinct Manchester City flavour about it.
Following on from the news that the Citizens have agreed a fee for Ivory Coast sharpshooter Wilfried Bony, it appears the Premier League champions – 9/4 to regain their crown after a 1-1 draw with Everton last time out – are far from finished in the transfer market.
Here are what Etihad incomings and outgoings are being mooted today:
The Lyon sharpshooter featured in this column earlier in the week when his non-committal comment about a move to England meant in no uncertain terms that he was on the verge of a move to Liverpool.
It’s all change today though, with City allegedly sweet on the man with 17 Ligue 1 strikes to his name from only 19 appearances.
Renowned player value adjudicators the Daily Star speculate he’s worth around £25m.
Something of a selfless striker, Lacazette has also laid on five assists for Les Gones this term, which is guaranteed to ensure he fits in well on the Sergio Aguero supply line.
So, with Bony almost in and Lacazette reportedly poised to follow, it appears there is no room at the Etihad inn for Montenegrin frontman Jovetic.
The former Fiorentina forward has been linked with a £20m move to back to Serie A, with Juventus said to be keen on his services.
Initially a loan switch, the move would become permanent in the summer, along with the £25m departure of City teammate Alvaro Negredo, who is currently being borrowed by Valencia.
One striker who the Citizens have no interest in is Belgian battering ram Benteke.
With ample Premier League experience, a strike rate a shade shy of one goal every two matches (which is some achievement in Aston Villa’s creative vacuum of a team) and available at a relative bargain £15m, it’s a wonder why Manuel Pellegrini isn’t considering a bid.
Brendan Rodgers is savvy enough to realise the brilliance in Benteke, however, and is set to test the Villans’ resolve with a bid for the Zaire-born marksman.