Looking to Stay in Manchester Next Season?
The football season is over, but the crazy transfer speculation is just beginning. It’s bad enough that there’s no football being played, but now we’re going to have to survive months of rumour, speculation, and hearsay.
Already, the media have trained the spotlight on Manchester City’s Carlos Tevez. The Argentinian captain and talisman has been one of City’s players of the season (though arguably not THE player of the season – step forward Vincent Kompany) – but it now looks as though he does not see his future in Manchester. All the talk at the moment has Tevez linked to a move overseas. Already we have seen rumours of a move to Juventus come to nothing, but it seems possible we may not see Tevez in a City shirt again.
There will also be others who are likely to head for the exit as Roberto Mancini looks to streamline the squad. It remains to be seen where the likes of Craig Bellamy, Emmanuel Adebayor and Shay Given will be next season.
However, having reached the promised land of the Champions League, we should also see plenty of movement in the other direction, as Manchester City will look to make some big signings to continue the club’s rise to the top tier of European football. The papers are continually linking Mancini’s men with the Chilean livewire Alexis Sanchez, a star of the 2010 World Cup and who was instrumental in Udinese’s surprise clinching of 4th place in Serie A and a Champions League qualifying spot. Sanchez is also linked with Barcelona, however, so seeing him in sky blue next season is not a sure thing.
The red half of Manchester will no doubt see similar comings and goings. With highly rated teenage defender Phil Jones looking set to join Manchester United from Blackburn Rovers, and rumours of bids for Arsenal’s Samir Nasri and / or Inter Milan’s Wesley Sneijder, it is sure to be an exciting summer for United fans.
There will no doubt be changes made to United’s current squad. The future of Michael Owen has been resolved with his 1 year contract extension, but the fate of fellow striker Dimitar Berbatov is far from clear. This season has seen the retirement of club legends Gary Neville and Paul Scholes, and many are wondering whether the end of next season will see the retirement of the Unnamed Premiership Footballer.
All in all, there’s sure to be a lot of people moving in Manchester this summer, and fans will be wondering over the next couple of months who they will see running out onto the pitch on the opening day of the season.
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