Manchester City attempt ridiculous swoop!
Roberto Mancini is already warning he will “raid the Reds” if Liverpool don’t finish in the top four. “If they put Steven Gerrard, Javier Mascherano and Fernando Torres on the market. (Guardian)
Manchester City interested in Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini would be interested in a move for Fernando Torres, Steven Gerrard and Javier Mascherano if Liverpool finish outside the top four this season and are forced to sell their top assets.
Financial concerns already haunt Liverpool and a failure to make the Champions League next season may have their top players looking for moves.
Mascherano was close to signing for Barcelona in the summer.
Mancini is quoted in the Sun as saying: “If they put Steven Gerrard, Javier Mascherano and Fernando Torres on the market, City will be interested.
“We at City will do everything possible to prevent Liverpool from finishing fourth.”
The cost of signing Gerrard and Torres would easily top £100m but Manchester City’s Abu Dhabi based owners would have no problem meeting any demand Liverpool might make. (Telegraph)
Yes they are at it again. Manchester City in an ideal universe would be able to persuade our top two performers to make a move to a side who may well have an endless supply of cash but are still a way from mounting a meaningful challenge at any level so the idea that they could waltz into Anfield and persuade either player to make such a move is frankly very very unlikely indeed.
Furthermore if Messrs Hicks and Gillett even considered accepted any mega money bid they would become even more unpopular than they are already. Rafa Benitez is keen to get himself some money to spend and given recent issues with Javier Mascherano it could be that the Argentine is more likely to make a move but I think the former West Ham man would only consider a move to Barcelona rather than chasing the cash to Manchester City.
Liverpool are beginning to get themselves a head of steam after successive wins against Wolves and a key last minute win at Aston Villa and if we can get a couple more players in the transfer window we could conceivably mount an attack on the top four and I do feel we are capable to getting an unbeaten run together to put pressure on the likes of Tottenham and Aston Villa.
Stevie G and El Nino are going nowhere and the sooner Roberto Mancini realises that the better!