Manchester City is a team that is constantly swirling in the transfer headlines.
The way this club has spent money in the past few years is absolutely no indication of what they have planned this offseason. Roberto Mancini will have to buy wise and ship off a few players in order to make any sort of splash in this window.
This article will take a look at the players rumored to be exiting or entering the Eastlands this summer and debunk rumor from fact.
Robin Van Persie
The latest rumors suggest that Roberto Mancini is blaming ownership for a "loss of interest" in sealing a deal for RVP.
While Manchester City may have interest in this Dutch striker, Roberto Mancini has four world-class strikers available to him. While Mancini would surely love to have Van Persie, I don't think that Mancini or the brass of the club will overpay to have him.
I believe Manchester City will pass on Van Persie before being pushed into paying ridiculous weekly wages.
While this 20-year-old currently playing for River Plate may be of interest, it appears as though City may not have the opportunity for trial as Manchester United has launched a £5million bid.
Manchester City doesn't have a history of overpaying for young talent. City will pass on this player.
Nigel de Jong
de Jong has been recently linked with a move to Germany with giants Bayern Munich.
This rumor seems to have no stint of truth.
Firstly, de Jong's style of play is barely tolerable in the EPL, his hard tackles do not belong in any other top flight league.
Secondly, unless de Rossi is close to signing or already signed, Manchester City cannot afford to lose another midfielder. Gareth Barry is still recovering from injury. While he is hopeful to start the 2012/13 season, City has no other options at defensive mid.
de Jong will remain at City this season. Hopefully he can regain his form and see some more time on the pitch. If he can win some controversial challenges, I will be more than happy.
Tevez has again today been linked with a switch to A.C. Milan. Milan are trying to fill the void of losing Ibrahimovic and Silva.
Milan expressed interest in Tevez in the January transfer window, they have apparently again approached Manchester City regarding the 28 year old Argentine.
Tevez is set to make a new impression on the City fans and expressed his dedication to remain with Manchester City. Roberto Mancini will keep Tevez in the fold this season.
Once again Kolarov's name has popped up.
Any move is highly unlikely.
First off, Manchester City paid £16 million for Kolarov in 2010. It is reported that Milan is offering barely half of that transfer price.
Kolarov is a quality attacking option in the back for Mancini. He won't lose this player for much less than he paid for him.
Kolarov will stay at City this season and fight for first team football. He is happy with the club and the direction it is going.
This 17-year-old striker has been linked with Arsenal for some time.
A recent update is suggesting that Arsenal has slipped in trying to sign this young French attacker. Mancini has reportedly opened his arms to this young striker, extending a trial opportunity.
It is very possible that Mancini strikes a deal for Niang; however, this won't be an impact signing, but one for the future.
To summarize my opinion of the transfer rumors circulating around City: Man City will keep the status quo.
Mancini is not likely to sell any of his assets, and if he does any spending, it will likely be on one star player and to improve City's youth system.
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