Manchester City latest: Nigerian waits on work-permit; £40m German linked

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

Manchester City’s stuttering away form continued this weekend, as they drew 1-1 with Southampton at St Mary’s.

Both sides played their part in an entertaining encounter, with City starting better and scoring through Sergio Aguero after just 10 minutes. The Argentine then had the chance to make it two, but his miss proved costly when Dani Osvaldo scored an outstanding equaliser three minutes before half-time.

That was how the match remained, leaving both manager Manuel Pellegrini and his players believing it was a point won rather than two dropped.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the match, Vincent Kompany said, “In the end it was hard-fought and I think any team could have won the game.

We will look at this and think that we did not get beaten, and moving on it was a tough game so wasn’t a bad result.”

The Blues’ focus will now turn to next week’s Champions League match against Bayern Munich. But the Mirror reports that Pellegrini will field a second-string (if such a thing exists at City).

With City approaching a vital Premier League match against Arsenal, Pellegrini is aware of resting players for the more important games to come.

Confirming that Joe Hart will play against the European champions, Pellegrini added, “If you are asking me if the game against Arsenal is more important than Bayern, I would have to say it is.

The players I choose against Bayern will still have a responsibility to try to win the game.”

With both sides already through to the knock-out stage, it is no surprise Pellegrini is shuffling his impressive pack.

And he may soon be adding to it, following a report in the Express that he is considering a £40million move for Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

In truth this appears to be a non-starter. The German international already plays for arguably the best side in club football and even if City do intend to make him the highest-paid ‘keeper in the game, we cannot see this one happening.

One transfer that does appear close to completion is that of Nigerian teenager Kelechi Iheanacho.

The 17-year-old forward is a star in his homeland after inspiring them to the under-17 World Cup, and with personal terms reportedly agreed, City are waiting to see if they can secure a work-permit for the player.

And finally, City have been drawn away to Blackburn Rovers in the third round of the FA Cup.

The match will take place on the weekend beginning the 4 January.

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