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Bobby, Carlos, Yaya, and Joleon
Bobby, Carlos, Yaya, and Joleon
Alex Livesey

First Section - Reality

Gareth Barry says that Yaya Toure's new contract is a great thing for the club. Shows that world-class players are committed to the project. Barry also says that the match against Chelsea is really the final. This just confirms what everyone knows, that even if you combine Wigan and Millwall together, they wouldn't be able to beat the Man City reserve team.

Kevin Keegan says that Matija Nastasic will be one of the best center backs in England, and that he doesn't have any weaknesses that he has been able to spot. In other news about City center backs, Vincent Kompany's newly purchased team has settled on a new name

A report has been released which shows that between Manchester City and Manchester United, 300 million pounds a year are brought into the area by different methods of income.

In other financial news, the Premier League clubs have ratified some new financial regulation rules, noticeably to do with wage bill increases as well as limiting the amount of money that can be lost over a given period.

Second Section - Transfer News that Ranges Between Crazy Talk and Seems Plausible

Mario Gotze - The Dortmund attacking midfielder is attracting some serious attention from Manchester City, as well as Arsenal. Multiple sources are reporting that City are prepared to meet the 35 million pound release clause.

Mauro Icardi - the 20 year old Argentinian striker who plays for Sampdoria is going to be in talks with Inter Milan, and there is reported interest from Manchester City. There is no shortage of young strikers at City though, even if we do have a nice collection of Argentines to fit in with.