Manchester City Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of July 28
Forecasting Manchester City's transfers this summer is like trying to forecast summer weather.
Meteorologists always seem to be accounting for the chance of a thunderstorm in the summer. The air is warmer, but there is a cold front coming in. If they call for it and it never comes, no harm done. But if they leave the small chance of a storm out of the forecast and it shows up, that is just not good enough.
So it is this summer with City's transfers.
Every week we are ready to talk about Eliaquim Mangala and how so very close he is to being City's new running mate for Vincent Kompany at centre-back, and every week Mangala is still Porto property.
The transfers City have actually accomplished are minor events. There is no harm in bringing on a Fernando, Bruno Zuculini or Willy Caballero, but none of those new acquisitions are projected to make City's XI when the Premier League season begins in less than a month.
City are looking to make the ground shake with transfer news this summer, but so far all that predicted thunder is just noise and nothing more.
In mythology, Sisyphus drew a pretty bad lot:
The gods had condemned Sisyphus to ceaselessly rolling a rock to the top of a mountain, whence the stone would fall back of its own weight. They had thought with some reason that there is no more dreadful punishment than futile and hopeless labor.
So it goes, it seems, with Manchester City's pursuit of Mangala. According to Samuel Stevens of The Independent, "Premier League champions Manchester City are still waiting to complete the signing of Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala for £32 million despite footage being leaked of the player discussing a move."
City supporters surely would like to believe that this deal is all but done. However, there is no reason to believe that this acquisition is complete until Mangala smiles at a press conference in a sky blue shirt.
That has certainly not happened yet.
As great as it would be for Manchester City to land Mangala, it might be time to prioritize the signing of Kelechi Iheanacho—like, right now.
Iheanacho ran circles around Sporting Kansas City last week, and his superb form continued in City's dismantling of AC Milan in their first round-robin match of the Guinness International Cup of Champions.
"Manchester City put five past Italian giants AC Milan in Pittsburgh, with Stevan Jovetic putting in a superb performance for Manuel Pellegrini's Premier League champions. Jovetic opened the scoring for City, before Scott Sinclair, Jesus Navas and Kelechi Iheanacho put City 4-0 up after only 26 minutes," noted the Daily Mail.
An earlier report from Sky Sports stated that "Manchester City will look to tie up a deal for teenage playmaker Kelechi Iheanacho when they return from their US tour."
City had better not let this man-child get away, because he looks to be special.
Maybe it's true. Maybe Sometimes They Come Back.
Manchester City spent a lot of time and energy pursuing Isco last summer. Ultimately, Isco chose Real Madrid. It worked out fine for City, who won two trophies last season, including their second Premier League title in three years.
For Isco? Well, you be the judge.
Steve Millar of the Daily Star broke down the situation:
Isco, 22, chose Real instead of joining his old Malaga boss Manuel Pellegrini at the Etihad last summer when he signed for £25 million.
But with the multi-million arrival of James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos, Isco looks like being another victim of Carlo Ancelotti’s superstar shake up.
Millar's report indicates that even if City cannot afford to buy Isco, they can very likely negotiate a loan.
Better late than, well, you know.
Manchester City's interminable pursuit of Mangala has had the additional unintended consequence of putting Matija Nastasic's future into a period of extended uncertainty.
You cannot blame City's rivals—within the Premier League and elsewhere—for sniffing around the defender.
Marc Williams of The Independent noted that "Nastasic looks set to be on his way out of City with Porto’s Eliaquim Mangala expected to be signed soon."
Yeah, well, we'll all see about that Mangala thing in due time. Maybe.
Only Stevan Jovetic knows whether he is really happy being the Sky Blues' fourth choice at striker.
But after Alvaro Negredo's recent metatarsal break, Jovetic is at least City's third choice for the time being. To hear City boss Manuel Pellegrini tell it, Jovetic is not going anywhere anyway.
"Stevan is working well with us. He is a very important player for our team," Pellegrini told reporters. "Maybe there are a lot of rumours about his future but Stevan will stay with us here."
Jovetic scored twice against AC Milan in City's recent 5-1 thrashing of the Italian super-club in a Guinness International Champions Cup friendly.
Hopefully that is a portent of good things to come from the 24-year-old Montenegrin.