Media Watch

Media: City enter race for ‘new Pirlo’?

Media: City enter race for ‘new Pirlo’?
Most of today’s City column inches are taken up by tonight’s game at Sheffield United.

There’s injury news and team predictions galore, and we’ve gathered the best of them.

But let’s start with a slice of transfer gossip. Pep Guardiola has consistently insisted we won’t be doing any business in January – but the media keep finding new stories…

Transfer news

SempreInter (via Sky Sports 24): Bidding War Expected This Summer As Man City & PSG Join Inter & Juventus In Race To Sign Sandro Tonali

Nima Tavallaey Roodsari writes: “Brescia’s Italian international midfielder Sandro Tonali will be the subject of a bidding war between the big clubs in Europe Italian broadcaster Sky Sport 24 reports.

“According to the report, Brescia President Massimo Cellino has deliberately not entertained any offers for the youngster during this transfer window in order to set the scene for an auction where the youngster will be sold off to the highest bidder.

“The transfer fee could end up very high as the club’s involved are none other than Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain and Premier League outfit Manchester City, who join Inter and Juventus to sign the youngster who has been likened to Andrea Pirlo.

“The player’s agent, Beppe Bozzo will be the one to try and find the bid best suited to his client as well as being deemed satisfactory by Brescia’s outspoken President Massimo Cellino who is looking to cash in big on his most prized asset.”

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Manchester Evening News: How City should line up against Sheffield United

Tyrone Marshall writes: “City should make changes at the back. Joao Cancelo has started the last two at eight-back, but Kyle Walker should come in against his former club. Form or fitness could keep John Stones out, with Nicolas Otamendi coming in, while Aleks Zinchenko can replace Benjamin Mendy.

“In midfield Rodri should return at the base, with Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden pulling the strings in front of him. The latter was an unused sub at the weekend but is due a start and can add energy to midfield.

“In attack Sergio Aguero is in great form and should keep his place, with Riyad Mahrez recalled on the right and Raheem Sterling on the left.”

View from the opposition

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder: "We'll need to produce one of our best performances of the season to get a result, and our performance at their place last month was excellent - in and out of possession, we had a really good shape and we limited them to very little, which was pleasing.

"We know they will have the ball a lot but I like to think we can cause them a few problems going the other way, like we did at their place."

Injury news

BBC Sport: Sheffield United v Manchester City

BBC Sport writes: “Sheffield United will assess the fitness of forward David McGoldrick, who missed Saturday's draw at Arsenal with a foot injury.

“Mo Besic has impressed as a substitute in recent games and is pushing for his full Premier League debut for the club.”

That’s all for today’s Media Watch – but stay with us today as we bring you all the latest ahead of tonight’s game at Bramhall Lane.

There will be live minute-by-minute text updates to keep you up to date with everything that’s happening as we go ion search of three points.

And there will be a full 90-minute replay from tomorrow on Man City for TV.

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