Man City Weekly Update - Felipe Caicedo, Ched Evans, Joe Hart, Carlos Tévez and the Fixture List

There are times, when, despite being the richest club in the world, City have to take a back seat in transfer news, and this week has been a prime example of that. For the first time in quite a while, there has been a notable lack of news about the Blues on the back pages of the papers, with attention firmly focused on the remarkable actions of Spanish giants Real Madrid. Having signed former City target Ricardo Izescon Dos Santos Leite, aka Kaká, for a paltry £56 million, they followed that piece of business with a startling swoop for Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo. An agreement has been reached between the two clubs, and the Portuguese international is expected to move in the coming days for a world record £80 million, meaning City could actually sign 135 Joe Hart’s for the same price as one Ronaldo!

So, while all that has been happening, there has been a lack of meaningful news concerning Man City. The ever predictable stories linking us with Peter Crouch and Roque Santa Cruz have surfaced again, though it is unlikely that Mark Hughes is intending to sign both of these strikers. Instead, he is apparently closing in on Carlos Tévez, whose agents are currently negotiating with City, United, Liverpool, Chelsea and two clubs from abroad. In other news, City have rejected a bid from Sheffield United for Welsh striker Ched Evans, whilst Felipe Caicedo has been linked with a move to either West Ham or Sporting Lisbon.

Manchester City Bid £100Million For KAKA
It’s no wonder Kaká looks glum in his Real Madrid shirt - he realises he’s missed out on the opportunity of playing in the same team as Darius Vassell

I will start this week with news of possible departures away from the City of Manchester Stadium. Firstly, Ecuadorian striker Felipe Salvador Caicedo Corozo has revealed that a number of clubs are interested in signing him. This week, he said, “There is still nothing concrete, but they told me that they have spoken to officials at City,” There are several offers, not just from Sporting. There are a number of clubs in Portugal, Spain and also England.” Despite scoring eight goals for the Blues last season, Caicedo only cemented his place in the side towards the end of the campaign, when Craig Bellamy and Valeri Bojinov were injured or recovering from injury respectively. With more forwards expected to sign during this transfer window, Caicedo will, in all likelihood, fall down in the pecking order, so a move away from City could represent the best solution for both parties. Personally, despite much criticism, I think Caicedo has shown enough promise to be given longer at the Blues, so I would consider a loan move to another club, hopefully to increase his game time and confidence.

Another striker linked with a move away from City is Welsh international Chedwyn Michael “Ched” Evans. Championship side Sheffield United have apparently had a £1.5 million bid rejected by the Blues, who are thought to be asking for double that price. Evans has never really settled in the City side, frequently coming on as a substitute. but only making five starts last season. He sent half a season on loan at Norwich a couple of years ago but has never really kicked on from there. Much was expected of Ched as he graduated from the academy, but his opportunities look as if they will be even more limited this coming campaign, so perhaps it would be best for everyone if he left now.


Caicedo and Evans could both depart from Man City

There is one final story of a player linked with a move away from City and that is young goalkeeper Joe Hart. The former Shrewsbury stopper, currently on international duty with England under 21’s, has had to grow used to being on the bench since the January arrival of Shay Given from Newcastle. A loan deal has been heavily suggested, with Birmigham and Wolves both mooted as possible destinations. Hart is a very promising ‘keeper and is widely regarded as the natural successor to David James for England, when the Portsmouth goalie finally hangs up his boots (or should that be gloves).

On the arrival front, talk has continued about the possible signing of Argentinean heart-throb Carlos Tévez. Negotiations between his representative, Kia Joorabchian, and United’s chief executive David “I’m a Handicapped Fish So I’ve Only Got 1 …’ Gill have reportedly broken down, with several clubs from England, Spain and Italy thought to be interested in the forward’s services. Along with City, Liverpool and Chelsea are all involved in talks, but as stated last week in the previous article on this theme, City are in pole position.


Carlos Tévez smiles for the camera

Finally this week, there is the news that the fixture list for the 2009/2010 season has been revealed. The Blues start the campaign with an away fixture at Mark Hughes’s old club, Blackburn Rovers. Our first home game was scheduled to be against Everton, but due to their particpation in the Europa League this game has been postponed. The first fixture at Eastlands will now be the home game against Wolves on August 22nd. The full fixture list is below, and it can only be hoped that our season doesn’t depend on the final four games of the season.

Manchester City 2009/10 Fixtures on BBC Sport

12 Responses to “Man City Weekly Update - Felipe Caicedo, Ched Evans, Joe Hart, Carlos Tévez and the Fixture List”

  1. I*T*P*L Says:

    Mui bien as ever. I think you did well to get this length of article out of a slow week. Having spoken to you extensively today, I won’t bother to write my views on all of this, but all the moments of humour are hits for me.

    One qualm though: “City could actually sign 135 Joe Hart’s” - Inappropriate apo’strophe u’sage really grind’s my gear’s!’!

  2. I*T*P*L Says:

    PS, well done for getting it on at so close to 7:00 as promised.

  3. CHED EVANS IS MY HERO! Zabaleta I Love You :) Says:

    “so perhaps it would be best for everyone if he left now.”

    I refuse to read the rest of the article having got to the point where you said the above…not impressed at all

    p.s thanks for your text, but we have Spanish before lunch!

  4. Steven Goran Eriksson Says:

    And if Simpson isn’t in …

    Thanks VJ, I knew you would pick up on any incorrect apostrophe usage, but I wasn’t sure where to put it for the quoted sentence. Please advise!

    Matt, once and for all, get over Ched.

  5. I*T*P*L Says:

    Well if you’re pluralising a word, even a proper noun, there is no need for an apostrophe. It would simply be “Harts” - or if you think that’s clumsy, go for 135 of Joe Hart.

  6. Steven Goran Eriksson Says:

    Admin, I’ve checked the site where I got the list from and it’s not copyright. They weren’t from the BBC, so I don’t know why you have taken them down.

  7. admin Says:

    The site you got them from, should not have had them themselves if they didn’t pay football data co for the fixtures. Doesn’t matter where you get them from, they still can’t be shown without a license.

    Learn more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Football_DataCo

    and here: http://tinyurl.com/fixtureslistspdf

    cost for reproducing a single club’s fixtures for a season stands at £266 + VAT

  8. Steven Goran Eriksson Says:

    Oh, ok, jst thought a club’s official website would have been OK, especially when there was no mention of copyright infringement.

  9. Steven Goran Eriksson Says:

    So basically, are the BBC paying £5320 + VAT just to name the fixtures??

  10. admin Says:

    yes.. and your license fee pays for that

  11. Steven Goran Eriksson Says:

    OK, thanks for that. I still think it’s ridiculous.

  12. swji Says:

    Does that count if we do it more imaginatively e.g. ‘Bristol City’s first fixture is… while in November they face away trips to …’ etc?

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