The powers-that-be at Eastlands have started clamping down on speculation linking *insert half-decent player* with a move to Manchester City. They are clearly sick and tired of newspapers using their name to sell copies and have produced a better counter-attack against this tabloid than the current team are capable of.
Sky Sports reports that The Sun have been held to account for running with a story about Lionel Messi possibly signing for Manchester City. While they are not the first to make up a lie along these lines, they are possibly the worst offender when it comes to transfer tittle-tattle. It appears as though the said newspaper will be running with a correction on Saturday.
“Following an article in The Sun newspaper which claimed that Manchester City are preparing a £100m bid for Lionel Messi, the club would like to make the following information clear,” read a statement on the club’s official website.
“The story is untrue and this fact has been accepted by the newspaper in question. General comments about Lionel Messi, made by Dr Sulaiman Al-Fahim, who holds no position at the club, were mistakenly linked to Manchester City.
“The article was printed in error and an apology to His Highness Sheikh Mansour, Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak and Dr Sulaiman Al-Fahim and a correction in Saturday’s edition of the newspaper will follow.”
Looks like Manchester City are taking decisive action against anyone who tries to sully the name of the club. Transfer rumours are nothing new, although the club clearly don’t want their new found wealth to be made into a laughing stock. Do City supporters think this is a consequence of the Kaka saga, where the club were seemingly close to landing the Brazilian before missing out?