Transfer Talk

City consider Liverpool’s big three… and Younes Kaboul

“High five if you want to go to Man City”

Gerrard, Torres, Mascherano

Make no mistake about it, this is turning into the greatest Premier League campaign for years, and probably more fascinating than the race for the summit is the scramble for the treasured fourth Champions League spot. Basically, it means everything to clubs.

Should Villa or Spurs nab it, it marks instant promotion into a higher footballing force. Should Man City continue to win under Mancini, then the robed gentlemen will have the added ability to lure some of football’s finest treasures, with a promise of not just magnificent wealth, but also a chance to shine on a massive European stage.

And should Liverpool continue in their worrying descent, it could easily spark a period of Merseyside mid-table bleakness for years to come.

All of which will surely be putting the willies up the Anfield boardroom, already condemned to a seething silence thanks to broken friendships at the top, and now facing the possibility of losing some of their star players should Benitez fail in his promise to deliver a top four finish. 

As reported in today’s Sun, should Liverpool finish outside of the targeted Champions League spots, losing out to Man City, then Mancini will be lurking in the shadows, waiting to make an astronomical bid for Gerrard, Torres and Mascherano – players who demand top stage matches. Players who may have to be sacrificed to save the club from financial meltdown.

“If they put Steven Gerrard, Javier Mascherano and Fernando Torres on the market, City will be interested.”

“If City finish in the top four we will look for players of the highest level.”

Mancini went on to explain that he would also consider big moves for some of his old favourites from his days in Italy, including Maicon and Ibrahimovic.

In the meantime, the big news in today’s Mirror is that the light blue Manchester club is seriously considering a bid to make Younes Kaboul the first big signing under Mancini, with Pompey in a tricky must-sell position. Apparently they think that he’s worth £8 million.

Pompey’s Chief Executive, Mark Jacobs (not to be confused with the swishy American fashion designer), presumably explaining the Kaboul situation, said this:

“If another club makes a silly offer for some of our players, which quite clearly they can, then there’s not that many people available in the January transfer window, as everyone knows.”

“Those that are available take a bigger premium.”

£8 Million? Younes Kaboul? Does that qualify as one of these “silly offers” of which he speaks?

Let us know with a comment.


3 responses so far
  • Darren Winter // December 31, 2009 at 11:45 am

    Saying Useless Kaboul is worth £8million is like, oh I don’t know, like saying you could get a New Years Honour for poncing around with blokes in make up, driving a car round in a circle or letting blokes you command shoot innocent people … hey hang on a minute, that just happened!

  • Webbie @ Football and Music // December 31, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    They’ve got previous – Benjani (on 50 grand a week), now want to get rid of him. Expect to see the same next Jan if they capture Kaboul
    (capture Kaboul…geddit…)

  • Chris // January 2, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    I take anything that the Mirror says with a pinch of salt. Their so called investigative journalism is a joke. Kaboul is a third rate centre back who belongs in the Championship or back in Ligue 1.

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