Theo Walcott set for Blues switch?
- Wed 29 Aug 2012, 8:21AM
- Posted by Mark Booth
With the transfer deadline just two days away, speculation is hitting overdrive on Wednesday’s instalment of What The Media Says.
Scott Sinclair has been the primary name linked with the Blues over the last few weeks but the club are apparently on red alert after contract talks between Arsenal and Theo Walcott broke down.
Roberto Mancini is reportedly keen to inject some speed into the City attack and few come pacier than the Gunners’ wideman who is in the last year of his contract at the Emirates Stadium.
“Arsene Wenger confirmed before the Gunners' opening game of the season against Sunderland earlier this month that the club are still trying to extend Walcott's deal,” report Sky Sports.
“However, the Arsenal manager also warned that 'when a player doesn't want to stay, you either force him or you let him go', with the club having already sold Robin van Persie and Alex Song this summer.
The future of Walcott is now set to be decided by Friday's deadline, with reports suggesting Arsenal will sell the England international for a fee between £12million and £15m if no new contract is agreed.
Another position City are tipped to strengthen before the transfer window clatters shut is in central midfield and yesterday’s links with Javi Garcia appear to be going cold after the Benfica club president announced he wil only be sold for a hefty £24m fee – that’s according to Goal.com.
"Javi will only leave if a club matches his buy-out clause. This figure is non-negotiable," the Benfica president stated to reporters.
“The 25-year-old midfielder joined Benfica from Real Madrid in the summer of 2009, and has since developed into a key player for the Lisbon giants.”
Elsewhere, on the Scott Sinclair front, confusion seems to reign – with Swansea boss Michael Laudrup admitting that he has no idea what stage negotiations are at between the clubs.
He told Sky Sports: "I can't say, I really don't know where we are at the moment.
"Even if talks have broken down there is still time for everything to happen, I am not saying he will go, or he will stay.
"From a manager's point of view, Scott is an important player and he plays in a position where we don't have that many players and if he leaves we need another one.”
Remember, the only place to find out about completed transfer dealings is on mcfc.co.uk.
Finally, with the Champions League draw on the horizon, the ever-dependable View From A Blue blog has rounded up a selection of leading journalists’ opinions on how the Blues will fare in their second tilt at the competition.
The common consensus seems to be that City will qualify for the knock-out stages this time around but struggle to go much further.
Time will tell. Join us over on Twitter on Thursday at 5pm for live coverage of the Champions League draw where we will discover the Blues’ fate.
As you were.