Manchester City weekend round-up: Blues win race for Dutch starlet; two linked with exit

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

Manchester City have beaten Liverpool and Chelsea to the signing of Feyenoord midfielder Rodney Kongolo.

The People reported that the Blues should finalise a compensation package with the Dutch club in the coming days, and a player dubbed the new Patrick Vieira will soon be playing under him for City’s EDS side.

Although in time, the 15-year-old is sure to want to create an identity of his own, rather than be known as the next anyone.

While one player seems soon to arrive, two could be on their way out of the Etihad.

After the summer was filled with speculation surrounding the future of Micah Richards, the England defender has again found his way into the rumour mill.

The Manchester Evening News has picked up on the Mirror’s claim that Italian side Roma will bid for Richards in January.

It is believed that the currently undefeated Serie A leaders see Richards as an ideal replacement for the reportedly departing Nicolas Burdisso, but that while they are considering a bid, Newcastle United are also pondering one of their own.

And finally, Roberto Mancini may have only just got his feet under the table at new club Galatasaray, but he is already eyeing up his former players at the Etihad.

The Daily Mail reports that Mancini has made a January move for Aleksandar Kolarov a priority. And yet given that the player spent much of Mancini’s time at the club on the bench we’re not sure there is anything to this story besides some idle gossip; especially because he has been virtually an ever-present under Manuel Pellegrini.

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