City are said to view Dusan Vlahovic as the “perfect striker”, while Antonio Conte is unsure why Harry Kane’s form has dipped since his links to the Manchester club in the summer.
Manchester City have traditionally excelled in the festive period of the season under Pep Guardiola.
While the majority of the Premier League feel the attrition of the congested calendar, the depth City possess in almost every area of their squad means they can rotate in a more effective way than any other side.
Even so, with Covid-19 outbreaks wreaking havoc on the top-flight schedule it’s becoming clear that this season will be another in which there are twists and turns to come. The January window may be more important than ever with that in mind.
Mirror Sport has your latest City transfer stories ahead of the opening of what promises to be a frantic January market.
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Vlahovic the ‘perfect striker’ for Pep
Vlahovic has taken Serie A by storm this season with 15 goals from 17 games and a number of clubs have been linked with a move for the impressive 21-year-old.
City are among them and according to the report the Premier League champions are now in the “front row” to sign the player, with Arsenal, Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur also credited with an interest.
Vlahovic’s contract is set to expire in 2023, although City are said to be unwilling to wait to sign the Serbian, as any potential loss in transfer value will be offset by an increase in wages.
Conte backs Kane
Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte has backed Harry Kane to find his form again after his recent struggles.
The England forward was strongly linked with a move to City in the summer. Despite the wishes of the player and the Premier League champions, the transfer didn’t come off and Kane remained in north London.
The transfer saga has seemingly had a negative effect on Kane, with the striker on target just once in 13 Premier League outings. Conte admitted the lack of goals is odd for a player who was previously such a prolific finisher.
“It’s very strange, no? It’s very strange,” he said, per the Evening Standard . “If you compare what he did in the past, this is very strange. But also in the past, in my experience, before as a player and then as a coach, it happens.
“I played with important strikers who, for a long period, didn’t score. But my judgement about them didn’t change. I wanted to have them in my team also if they don’t score. Because if you have Harry Kane in your team, you feel stronger, for sure.”
Fernandinho’s Atletico Mineiro development
According to journalist Jorge Nicola (h/t Sport Witness ), Fernandinho will not be leaving the Etihad Stadium in January despite interest from Atletico Mineiro.
The veteran midfielder is out of contract with City at the end of the campaign and it’s been reported there is interest in him from the Brazilian side.
It’s said a group of representatives for Atletico came to Manchester in the hope of brokering a deal for the 35-year-old, although the player is said to have made it clear he will not be leaving City until the end of the 2021-22 season.
The City favourite has only started three Premier League games this season, with Spain international Rodri taking over as the team’s starting holding midfielder.