Manchester City weekend round-up: Scouting network ‘hacked’; Jovetic imminent?

All the news, views and transfer rumours from the Etihad this weekend…

Reports this morning suggest that Manchester City’s scouting database may have been hacked by a rival club. With no domestic football to talk about, stories have turned to possible espionage, with City’s performance analysis system possibly in the hands of a top flight rival.

While it may sound like the plot to a late-night movie, an investigation is believed to be underway to see exactly if it happened, how, and who was responsible.

The report also adds that the speed with which the club completed deals for Jesus Navas and Fernandinho may have been a direct result of the security breach.

The club are yet to comment on the issue as investigations are said to be on-going.

It is no secret that one player is high on the club’s wanted list. And if there was any doubt, former manager Roberto Mancini has well and truly let the cat out of the bag.

Speaking about Napoli’s Edinson Cavani, Mancini said, “I often talked with the board about Edinson because he interested us a lot.”

He went on to say he was unsure if Manuel Pellegrini was equally keen on the striker. But perhaps that question has been answered with reports today linking him with moves for both Robert Lewandowski and Stevan Jovetic.

Stories suggest the Chilean is prepared to make Lewandowski one of the highest paid players at the Etihad, and ward off interest from Manchester United in the process. But with the Polish forward seemingly hell-bent on an eventual move to Bayern Munich, it seems highly unlikely that anyone else will sign him no matter how much they offer.

The link with Jovetic is slightly stranger, with reports suggesting that City believe they will have first refusal on the player because of the relationship they have with his current club Fiorentina.

It is true that they did business with the Serie A side in the transfers of Matija Nastasic and Stefan Savic last summer, and that Nastasic and Jovetic share the same agent; but whether that makes them favourites for a striker long-linked with Arsenal and Juventus remains to be seen.

One target who appears no closer to a move is Malaga playmaker Isco. Having previously spoken of his admiration for Pellegrini, he has now spoken of a possible move to Real Madrid.

When asked if his Spanish under-21 teammates had tried to persuade him to move to the Bernabeu the 21-year-old said they “keep going on about it”.

Although his mind was very much on the final, saying, “Everything else can wait”.

And finally, the club’s academy director Brian Marwood has praised new manager Pellegrini’s man-management and previous achievements in Europe.

It may not have been a direct dig at Mancini, but it wasn’t far off.

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