Manchester City Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of March 3

Mark Jones@@Mark_Jones86Featured ColumnistMarch 3, 2014

Manchester City Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of March 3

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    Having claimed the Capital One Cup on Sunday, Manchester City will feel that this is just the start.

    Manuel Pellegrini will be demanding that his team show the same fight and quality throughout the rest of the season as they did in the second half against Sunderland at Wembley, when goals from Yaya Toure, Samir Nasri and Jesus Navas sealed the victory.

    With the club able to provide the financial muscle to bring in some of the world's top stars when the transfer window reopens in the summer, some of City's players will be playing for their futures, too.

    Who will those players be?

    Here we keep track of all potential ins and outs at City for the week beginning March 3.

    Last updated Friday March 7. 

Besiktas Set to Offer Joleon Lescott Huge Deal

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    Having already pretty much left Manchester City, centre-back Joleon Lescott could be set for a spell in Turkey with Besiktas offering him a money-spinning deal.

    According to the Daily Mirror's John Cross, the Istanbul giants are close to getting Lescott to sign a pre-contract agreement to join them on a free transfer in the summer, with the 32-year-old England international expected to earn a staggering £100,000 per week over the next three years. 

Andriy Yarmolenko a Summer Target?

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    You'd have thought that City aren't really in need of any more attacking talents right now, but that hasn't stopped them being linked with a move for Dynamo Kiev's Ukrainian winger Andriy Yarmolenko.

    Sport Witness cite information from Tutto Mercato Web in their report, which claims that the 24-year-old was watched by City and Bayer Leverkusen scouts in the Europa League recently. 

Inter Milan Set to Make Summer Raid for Edin Dzeko?

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    Bosnian forward Edin Dzeko could leave City in the summer, according to talkSPORT, who claim that Inter Milan are at the front of the queue to sign the player.

    Dzeko has started only half of City's Premier League matches this season.

    Inter are believed to be looking to remodel their strike force in the summer, with their prime targets thought to be Dzeko and Dani Osvaldo, the Italian international currently on loan at Juventus from Southampton

Alessio Cerci Reportedly Rejects New Torino Deal

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    talkSPORT claim that both Manchester clubs have been handed a transfer boost with the news that Italian international Alessio Cerci has rejected a new contract with the Serie A club.

    Cerci has scored 11 times this season to catch the eye of plenty of big clubs including Torino's rivals Juventus, but City will at least hope that they are ahead of struggling United in the queue.

Fernandinho Pledges Future to City

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    One player not looking to leave City any time soon is the Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho, who has pledged his long-term future to the club despite not even completing a full season there yet.

    The midfielder has seen his good form rewarded with a call-up to the Brazil squad, and Sky Sports quote him as saying:

    Finish my career in Manchester? Yes, anything is possible. I am fine here, I have a four-year contract and I have no reason to think about anything else.

    I believe in this project and I believe that we will win important trophies.

     

Micah Richards Turns Down New Deal and Set for Exit

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    City defender Micah Richards is set to leave the club after turning down a new contract, according to the Daily Mail.

    The one-time England man has been restricted to appearances in the FA Cup this year, with Pablo Zabaleta preferred by Manuel Pellegrini at right-back. Richards has one year left on his current deal, and City will now look to offload him so they can get a fee as opposed to losing him for nothing in the summer.

    As the Mail points out, Liverpool were credited with an interest in the defender in the summer.

City to Target Moves for Dani Alves and Alex Song

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    The Daily Express claim that City are amongst a host of Premier League clubs who are keen to take both Dani Alves and Alex Song from Barcelona in the summer.

    Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United are also thought to be in for the pair, although Alves' wage demands could prove to be a stumbling block.

    Ex-Arsenal man Song appears more likely to make the summer switch back to the Premier League.