Date: 13th June 2010 at 3:35pm
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And still they come. Or don’t come. The VMC Forum’s summer transfer ‘linked with’ thread continues to monitor the players City are ‘in talks with’ and ‘closing in on’ worldwide…

You couldn’t make it up. And then some. The all consuming distraction of England’s World Cup bid has started with a stumble and a stutter, but the hacks tomfoolery in the direction of the Eastlands front door remains constant and a fortnight on from our last update, the number of players linked with The Citizens has swelled again.

As we head deeper into the summer months, a pattern has emerged whereby stories are revisited or revamped as football agents and ‘The Street Of Shame’s’ finest scribes exchange notes over crisps, peanuts and pints. By way of another pattern, previously linked names are trumpeted as having ‘delivered a City snub’ when they factually end up signing for somebody else or extending their current contracts.

Brace yourselves for many more ‘exclusives’ as Roberto Mancini alledgedly prepares to ‘swoop’ for anyone that can string two passes together in South Africa!

The VMC Transfer Linked With Forum Thread Results Started 27 April 2010:

Jerome BOATENG, Hamburg – Various sources
Yoan GOURCUFF, Bordeaux – The Daily Star
Franck RIBERY, Bayern Munich – Various sources
James MILNER, Aston Villa – Various sources
Alex HLEB, Barcelona – Das Daily Mail
Marat IZMAILOV, Sporting CP – News of The Screws
Darren BENT, Sunderland – Various sources
Luca TONI, Bayern Munich – Das Daily Mail
Stanislav MANOLEV, PSV Eindhoven – Das Daily Mail
Steven GERRARD, Liverpool – News of The Screws
Stefan RADU, Lazio –
Leonardo BONNUCI, Bari – Various sources
Kevin KURANYI, Schalke – Bild
YaYa TOURE, Barcelona – Various sources
Jorge MARTINEZ, Catania – Sky Sports
Angel DI MARIA, Benfica – The Times
Gonzalo HIGUAIN, Real Madrid – Sunday Mirror
Alberto GILARDINO, Fiorentina – Various sources
Ashley YOUNG, Aston Villa –
Fernando TORRES, Liverpool – Various sources
Phil JAGIELKA, Everton –
Kyriakos PAPADAPOLOUS, Olympiakos – Teamtalk
Jermaine DEFOE, Spurs – Various sources
John HEITINGA, Everton –
Marek HAMSIK, Napoli – Daily Rag Mirror
Joe COLE, Chelsea – Various sources
Mirko VUCINIC, Roma – The Grauniad
Luca MODRIC, Spurs – Various sources
David LUIZ, Benfica – Manchester united Evening News
Luis FABIANO, Sevilla – Various sources
Zlatan IBRAHIMOVIC, Barcelona – Daily Sexpress
Daniele DE ROSSI, Roma –
Nikola ZIGIC, Valencia – Various sources
Gabriel AGBONLAHOR, Aston Villa –
Sergio AGUERRO, Atletico Madrid – Various sources
MAICON, Internazionale – The Grauniad
Steven PIENAAR, Everton – Das Daily Mail
Javi MARTINEZ, Athletic Bilbao – football transfer tavern
Jack RODWELL, Everton –
Alessandro GAMBERINI, Fiorentina –
Paulo Henrique GANSO, Santos – Das Daily Mail
Nemanja VIDIC, the rags –
Tiberio GUARENTE, Atalanta – Das Daily Mail
Milos KRASIC, CSKA Moscow – europaleaguenews
Giuseppe ROSSI, Villareal – Das Daily Mail
Mikel ARTETA, Everton – Liverpool Daily Post
Edison CAVANI, Palermo –
Diego MILITO, Internazionale – Various sources
Aleksandar KOLOROV, Real Madrid – Marca
Edin DZEKO, Wolfsburg – Das Daily Mail
Fernando GAGO, Real Madrid – Various sources
Rafael VAN DER VAART, Real Madrid – Das Daily Mail
Loco VARGAS, Fiorentina – Various sources
Gokhan INLER, Udinese –
Fabrice MUAMBA, Bolton Wanderers –
David SILVA, Valencia – Various sources
Ivica OLIC, Bayern Munich – Various sources
Guy ASSULIN, Barcelona,
Jermaine JENAS, Spurs –
Diego FORLAN, Atletico Madrid – Various sources
Philippe MEXES, Roma – Football Italia
Neven SUBOTIC, Borussia Dortmund – Varisu sources
Ezequiel MUNOZ, Boca Juniors – calcionews24
Moussa SISSOKO, Toulouse – Das Daily Mail
Juan MATA, Valencia – Superdeporte
Mario BALOTELLI, Internazionale – Corriere dello Sport
King GYAN OSEI, Fulham – Sky Sports
Daniel ALVES, Barçelona – Various sources
Ronaldinho, AC Milan – Various Sources
Simon KJAER, Palermo

– To date, Manchester City have confirmed the upcoming signature of Jerome Boateng of Hamburg, the expected one year contract extension of Patrick Vieira and 16 year old Alex Henshall of Swindon Town has joined the MCFC Academy…


‘We know the players who we are interested in. It is a small list of names, because I only want to bring in players who will improve the team.

‘Of course we have various options and it is not easy and it is not always possible to do things quickly. We must be patient, and do the right things at the right time in the market. We know the value of the players we are interested in and will not be forced into paying more than we want to.

‘I keep reading that I am going to sign lots of players in the summer and am also going to sell lots of players. This is not true, and I am surprised because people know that I already have a very strong squad at Manchester City.’

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