Mancini asks fans for patience on transfers
- 29 July 2012 08:02
- Posted by Mark Booth
With the back pages understandably dominated by events in London, you have to turn a little further into the back of your Sunday newspaper to get your City fix today.
Once you’re there, you’ll find Roberto Mancini assuring the nation’s media that transfer deals are in the pipeline and could be tied up in the next two weeks.
While the Italian wasn’t willing to name any names, it’s reported in the Manchester Evening News that he said,
“We want to improve by signing new players and I'm sure in the next two weeks we can do something about signing new players.”
Mancini added: “We have a lot of players, I don't think we need ten new ones. We need to improve some positions, but I won't say two, three, one.
“Any new player must come here and help the team improve. We are talking to some players, but the market is difficult so we need more time."
Arsenal boss Wenger said there was nothing more to report on the Van Persie situation, adding: "Van Persie is close to fitness. But we have not had any more contact from City or United about him.
Mancini added: "If he said this, I think it's true. Van Persie is one of the best strikers so it's difficult to buy him."
Another striker who may prove impossible to capture is Edinson Cavani, who responded with “Forza Napoli” to a journalist asking if he was seeking a move to the Premier League. That’s according to ESPN, who claim:
“Cavani, who is currently in England to represent his country at the London Olympics, has been linked with both Manchester City and Chelsea but insists he is happy to stay at the Stadio San Paolo,
“But the 25-year-old added that he may consider a move to the Premier League one day.
“It is said that English football is art, why not think about it one day if there is that possibility?"”
Finally, ex-City midfielder Owen Hargreaves is training with QPR after being released this summer.