Manchester City latest: Including Demichelis and Casillas

A round up of the latest news and transfer stories about Manchester City.

Manchester City captain and key defender Vincent Kompany says he is hopeful of a return to action by the middle of next month. Kompany has a groin problem and many pundits of the game suggest City struggle when he’s unavailable for selection.

“I'll be out for a little while but not too long. I may miss the internationals but I hope to be back after that,” said the Belgian.

Manuel Pellegrini could dip back into the transfer market to compensate for Kompany’s absence with some reports suggesting Valencia’s Adil Rami as a possible target. An offer of £7 million could be enough to sign the defender.

That rumour could become a reality if reports that City have agreed a €4 million deal for Atletico Madrid defender Martin Demichelis are untrue. The arrival of Demichelis would mean no need for City to go to Valencia because they would already have defensive cover in place.

Pablo Zabaleta has urged the current crop of defenders no to rely on extra cover being bought in or the return of Kompany, suggesting that poor defending needs to be sorted out sooner rather than later following the defeat to Cardiff City last weekend.

In other transfer news, Juventus have denied that they are interested in signing City defender Aleksandar Kolarov before the close of the transfer window. Juventus’ interest in the full back was widely reported earlier in the summer but it’s unlikely Manuel Pellegrini would let him leave in any case.

In more off the cuff transfer news, full back Gael Clichy has hinted he would be interested in moving to the USA to play Major League Soccer at some point in his career.

“He [Thierry Henry] says he loves New York and says MLS is getting bigger each year. It makes you think that if the opportunity comes, why not try MLS?” said the Frenchman.

Away from the transfer market, England boss Roy Hodgson has suggested that the England national team can offer City shot stopper Joe Hart a distraction from the Premier League. Hart hasn’t been at his best for City this season, with mistakes creeping into his game.

Hart’s form seems to be the reason crazy rumours have started suggesting Iker Casillas as a possible replacement to the current number one. That rumour was started by El Mundo Deportivo, a pro-Catalan news source which has never been afraid to ruffle the feathers of Real Madrid.

The club have renewed its relationship with Heineken beer which will continue to serve as City’s official UK beer partner for match days throughout the rest of the season and to the end of the 2018 campaign.

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