Manchester City Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of March 31

Mark Jones@@Mark_Jones86Featured ColumnistMarch 31, 2014

Manchester City Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of March 31

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    Manchester City's title challenge rolls on, but will the two points dropped from a winning position against Arsenal at the weekend prove crucial?

    With Liverpool having taken up residence at the top of the table, and Chelsea also likely to have a huge say in the matter between now and mid-May, City are involved in one of the most compelling battles at the top of the Premier League in years.

    How will it play out? Only the next six weeks will tell us, but the excitement hasn't stopped the rumour mill from kicking into overdrive once more.

    City, as much as anyone, are often linked with moves for several players.

    Make sure you check back in with us all week for the latest City transfer gossip.

    Last updated Friday April 4

City Meet with Radamel Falcao's Agent Ahead of Summer Switch?

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    The Manchester Evening News is usually a reliable source for City news, and on Friday they reported that the club's officials were set to meet with the Colombian forward's people ahead of a summer move.

    City Director of Football Txiki Begiristain is reported to have met the player and his agent in Madrid, although the same report also states that Real Madrid president Florentino Perez was also present.  

City Close in on £20m Mangala Move

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    The Daily Mail claim an exclusive story that City are close to finalising a switch for the Porto and France defender Eliaquim Mangala.

    Mangala scored for Porto against Sevilla in the Europa League last night, when City officials were reportedly in the crowd watching.

Demichelis to Depart After Just One Year at City?

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    Martin Demichelis' spell at Manchester City could be limited to just one year, with Napoli set to make a move for the Argentinean defender according to talkSPORT.

    The radio station cite a report from Tuttosport which claims that Napoli boss Rafael Benitez will use the fact that City are set to sign a new centre-back in the summer to make a move for the 33-year-old, who has come in for some criticism for his performances this season.

Dani Alves Refuses to Pay Attention to Speculation

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    Barcelona full-back Dani Alves has moved to quell speculation over his future by declaring that he is simply living in the moment, according to Le 10 Sport (via Sky Sports).

    The Brazilian has been linked with moves to City, Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea, but the 30-year-old claims that he's not looking beyond life at the Nou Camp.

    We've been talking about my future at the club since the year I arrived.

    I live in the moment, I take every year as it comes.

    For me, it's a compliment that some big teams are interested in me, that means I'm doing my job. But the truth is that I am here, I see my job as very intense every year.

    I think for a story to work, both parties must agree, a bit like in a relationship. Otherwise, it separates. At present, I know that both parties are satisfied.

Samir Nasri Confirms New Contract Talks

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    Samir Nasri has confirmed that he's opened talks on a new contract with City, according to Canal Football Club (via Sky Sports).

    The former Arsenal midfielder has been in impressive form this season, and is quoted as saying:

    We have just started talks so far. We didn't find any agreement yet. But it should be sorted out.

    I want to stay. I can feel people appreciate me and the coach is trusting me.