Thursday, 28 August 2008

Closing in on SWP and Zabaleta

With four and a half days of the transfer window left, City seem to be closing in on transfers for two right-sided players.

A move for Shaun Wright-Phillips has been very widely reported in Thursday's press. The Mirror, The Times, The Guardian and The Mail all claim that Shaun is having a medical at City today, and will sign a four year deal. The one thing they disagree on is the fee: The Mirror saying £10m, The Guardian £9m and The Times and The Mail £8.5m.

Espanyol's Argentinian right back Pablo Zabaleta should be the next to sign. There's not much about him in the English press today, except for a few lines in The Sun. But the Catalan press is clear that he's coming to City. Both Sport and El Mundo Deportivo carry pieces on him. They both report that MCFC faxed an €8million bid yesterday, thus triggering his release clause. Zabaleta wants a move, and will have a press conference on Friday to say goodbye to the fans. My inital thoughts on losing Charlie to get Zabaleta (is will surely be the case) here.

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