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Manchester City Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of March 24

Phil KeidelContributor IIMarch 23, 2014

Manchester City Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of March 24

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    You knew "Suarez to Man City" rumours were only a matter of time.
    You knew "Suarez to Man City" rumours were only a matter of time.Ben Hoskins/Getty Images

    Manuel Pellegrini deserves full marks for managing Manchester City to this point in his debut season.

    The significant majority of the players Pellegrini has relied on this season are holdovers from the Roberto Mancini regime. Granted, many managers would love to be "stuck" with the likes of Yaya Toure, David Silva and Vincent Kompany.

    But none of those players were selected by Pellegrini.

    In that light, Pellegrini's work getting City into the knockout round of the Champions League and winning the League Cup was impressive. As for the FA Cup loss to Wigan, well, in retrospect it felt like neither the manager nor the side much cared about that match with a trip to Barcelona to follow.

    If Pellegrini can somehow guide the Good Ship City to the Premier League title, he will rightly be hailed as one of the league's best managers even considering the money spent on assembling his side.

    Because it isn't really "his side" yet.

    Whether City win the league or not, though, Pellegrini will be diving back into the transfer window. This season proved that City are still in the honors section of the Premier League, but they are still remedial pupils at the international level.

    What moves might City be mulling with the summer transfer window creeping ever closer?

Victor Valdes No Longer a City Target

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    Everything changed in a moment for Valdes.
    Everything changed in a moment for Valdes.Manu Fernandez/Associated Press

    Thursday, March 27

    Manchester City took little time leaking the news that anyone with a little bit of working gray matter could have divined alone: City are out on Barcelona keeper Victor Valdes.

    Per Jamie Sanderson of the Metro, "City had been on signing Valdes on a free transfer, they have now decided to look elsewhere after he tore his cruciate knee ligaments – an injury which will see him miss the next six months."

    Football is a tough game played by tough men. Still, you have to feel for Valdes. This injury could not have come at a worse time for the Barca keeper.

Bacary Sagna to City?

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    Sagna would be an upgrade for the City back line.
    Sagna would be an upgrade for the City back line.Julian Finney/Getty Images

    Thursday, March 27

    Per David Anderson and John Cross of the Mirror, "Manchester City are interested in signing Arsenal contract rebel Bacary Sagna this summer."

    Sagna would be the latest in a long line of Gunners pried out of London by free-spending City. Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy are current Sky Blues who used to wear Arsenal red.

    Again according to Anderson and Cross, City "see Sagna as potential competition for, and back-up to, Pablo Zabaleta at right-backbut signing him would cast doubt over Micah Richards’ future at the club."

    Not to put too fine a point on it, but Sagna's possible move to City has precious little to do with Richards' likely eventual exit from the blue side of Manchester. If Richards were playing better (or at all) we would not be having this conversation.

Luis Suarez to City?

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    Liverpool would be crazy to let Suarez go unless he absolutely insists on doing so.
    Liverpool would be crazy to let Suarez go unless he absolutely insists on doing so.Ben Hoskins/Getty Images

    Monday, March 24

    The Metro published recently that "Manchester City are said to be targeting a sensational summer move for Liverpool’s Luis Suarez," per a report from the Spanish outlet Marca.

    Metro's analysis noted that Arsenal and Real Madrid kicked the tires on Suarez last summer only to be rebuffed. Suarez stayed put and, with Daniel Sturridge, has propelled Liverpool into a likely Champions League place and contention for the Premier League title.

    Suarez recently signed a contract that could keep him at Anfield into 2018. Or he could be on the move for the right price.

    "City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain has already held initial talks with the striker, but it would take a huge offer – likely upwards of £70m – to convince Liverpool to sell their prize asset," the Metro noted.

    It is very difficult to imagine Liverpool moving Suarez with the Reds back into elite form after many years of indifferent results.

    Then again, his value will probably never be higher.

William Carvalho to City?

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    Carvalho (center) is on many wish lists.
    Carvalho (center) is on many wish lists.Armando Franca/Associated Press

    Monday, March 24

    Paul Hetherington of the Daily Star noted recently that Manchester City are lately in on Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho.

    "Carvalho, 21, has emerged as United boss David Moyes’ main midfield target...(b)ut City–aware of United’s move for Carvalho–have now officially declared their interest," Hetherington wrote.

    Despite an alleged transfer ticket of £32 million, Manchester's power clubs are undeterred and apparently quite serious about landing Carvalho. You imagine Sporting Lisbon would love to see a bidding war here.

    "City scouts have made regular checks over the last month on Carvalho, whose representatives are understood to have been at United in the last week for talks," Hetherington continued.

    Look out.

Victor Valdes to City?

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    Valdes just cannot stop talking about leaving Barcelona.
    Valdes just cannot stop talking about leaving Barcelona.Alex Livesey/Getty Images

    Monday, March 24

    At some level it probably makes sense that Barcelona keeper Victor Valdes persists in discussing his future without coming right out and saying he is leaving.

    Valdes will be out of contract this summer, and Barcelona have not moved to extend him. If his feelings are a bit hurt by Barcelona's disinterest, that would be understandable.

    So Valdes is readying himself to move on by blowing kisses to the Premier League from the other side of the water.

    Per a recent ESPN.co.uk report, Valdes recently noted that the "Premier League is a very attractive league, which I have followed for years."

    The same report indicated that "Manchester City are reportedly now his most likely destination."

    Now it might be Joe Hart's feelings getting injured.

David Silva Staying Put at City?

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    Silva has been special for City this season.
    Silva has been special for City this season.Jan Kruger/Getty Images

    Monday, March 24

    Derick Allsop of the Mirror reports that "David Silva has made it clear he will not be leaving Manchester City in the summer, stating he wants to win the Champions League with the club."

    In response to whispers that Barcelona may move for him, Silva was quoted thusly:

    It’s the way football works – just rumours. I’m very happy at Manchester City and I think that shows on the pitch as well. The first thing is that I want to win the Premier League this year. And then I want to win the Champions League. We want to get bigger every year.

    City simply cannot afford to part with Silva, their only elite playmaking midfielder. Samir Nasri does some of the things Silva does. Jesus Navas does, too. But neither of them could replace Silva alone.

    "I ask myself in every game to be the one to take ­responsibility. I enjoy creating goals more than scoring them," Silva added.

    Manuel Pellegrini can add all the players he likes, but he should resist any urge to subtract Silva from this side.

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