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City to bid (an insufficient amount) for Barkley, Liverpool interested in Yedlin, Cole off to Roma and more besides...

Last Updated: 05/07/14 at 10:42 Post Comment

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It's been a while since Manchester City hampered the progress of an England international by snapping them up for an extortionate fee, so it is with an air of resignation that we bring you news of the Daily Mirror's claim that the club will make an offer to bring Ross Barkley to the Etihad.

With a summer clearout likely to include Joleon Lescott, Gareth Barry and Scott Sinclair leaving the club, City need to markedly increase the number of home grown players at their disposal, and adding Barkley to their ranks would therefore seem a logical move.

The Mirror report that City could make a bid of £25million, with former Evertonian Jack Rodwell thrown in for good measure. Given that Roberto Martinez laughed off a reported £38m offer from Liverpool, claiming that even a world record bid would not tempt him to sell, we suspect that City may have to be a little more loose with their cash.


Another classic World Cup transfer rumour. DeAndre Yedlin did indeed play brilliantly when he came off the bench for USA against Belgium in the last-16, leading most sages to wonder how long it would take before rumoured interest from England was generated. Hands up who had the Metro and Liverpool?

There is surely still a concern that Yedlin is impressive going forward but not as strong defensively, but when you have had Glen Johnson in your first team for four years, perhaps that fails to register as a problem.

The Metro claim that Liverpool have been scouting Yedlin since the U20 World Cup in Turkey, and would aim to bring him in on an initial trial basis before making the deal permanent later in the transfer window. Hmmm.


One full-back that we can't quite believe Liverpool aren't interested in recruiting is Ashley Cole, released by Chelsea at the end of last season, and the Daily Mail claim that the England defender is heading to Italy for talks with Roma.

The 33-year-old is likely to be offered a two-year deal, and would presumably fit in very nicely indeed in Serie A. It is one of those slightly naughty Mail rumour stories where the entire article is eight lines long and it also mentions MLS clubs, Monaco, Arsenal, Liverpool, Barcelona and AC Milan in passing.

'Watch this space' is the message, but we can't help feeling that whoever does land Cole is getting a very healthy deal indeed, drawing similarities with Juventus' signing of Andrea Pirlo on a free deal.

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