Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Raphael Hongistein on City's transfer plans

German football writer Raphael Honigstein talked about City's transfer dealings on The Guardian's 'Football Weekly' podcast on Monday.

Honigstein, who writes for Süddeutsche Zeitung and is The Guardian's German football expert, said that he had talked to an agent friend of his regarding City's work at the end of the summer transfer window.

He confirmed the existence of a list with between ten and fifteen star names, which has gone round agents in Europe, "with the express mandate to get them signed".

Going in to some of the names on the list, he confirmed that Villa and Podolski were on it, as well as Bastian Schweinsteiger. And he stated that both Mario Gomez and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar "had very serious offers on the table" from City on September 1st.

City will try for all these players again in January.

You can find the podcast HERE. This discussion start at 14:20.

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