Good news for Blues
- Thu 23 Aug 2012, 8:09AM
- Posted by Chris Eccles
With only a week to go before the transfer window slams shut and the media rumour mill in overdrive, today’s press still finds the time to relay the good news about Sergio Aguero.
After initial fears that the Argentine striker could be out with a long-term injury, most of the dailies have picked up on the news we brought you yesterday, that he is now expected to be back in action within the month.
The Daily Telegraph says this is a ’major boost’ for the Blues alongside the great news that Gareth Barry is also due for an early return around the same time. The Telegraph also says Micah Richards could return sooner than expected, with City manager Roberto Mancini telling the press:
"Gareth will also be ready after the international break.
"He hasn't played any games for almost four months and he needs to build his fitness up, but he is training again and I don't see him being out for any longer than one month and hopefully, maybe just a couple of weeks.
"Micah's injury is more serious and he could be out a little longer, but having said that, with rest and the right treatment, we are hopeful he could be ready in about one month, which again would be great news."
The Daily Mail says that City have turned their attention to Chelsea defender David Luiz as cover for the injured Micah Richards and The Sun reports that Chelsea have rejected a bid from City for Luiz but we can confirm that there has been no bid and that these stories are without foundation.
John Guidetti’s agent Per Jonsson has told The Guardian that the Swedish striker is very much in demand after scoring 20 goals in 23 games for Feyenoord last season.
Guidetti missed the end of the season after a virus paralysed his right leg which also caused him to miss Sweden's Euro 2012 campaign.
Jonsson informed the press that many clubs had inquired about him despite Guidetti still not having fully recovered from his illness. He told The Guardian:
"There are 15 clubs who have inquired about the options for John. Right now there are negotiations with City. It's up to them, but I believe everything will work out in the end."
The Daily Mail thinks that City will offer Guidetti a new contract before sending him out on another loan spell and does not think there will be a lack of interest in the striker, saying:
"The Sweden international might go on loan again to Feyernoord but there are clubs across the continent that want him.
"In England both north east sides Sunderland and Newcastle are interested in picking up the striker."
Finally, the Daily Mail says that Lazio are interested in sigining Kolo Toure for a reported £3 million fee after the defender was linked with a transfer earlier in the Summer.