Just when you thought Manchester City would look to curb their free spending, they’ve been linked with what could be the biggest transfer in history.
Reports emanating from the Spanish press have claimed that Manuel Pellegrini, and the financial super powers that be at the Etihad, are willing to spend a record-busting 200million euros in order to buy Lionel Messi from Barcelona.
The Argentinian talisman is rumoured to be slightly discontented with the La Liga champions, and City are prepared to offer him £25million a year in order to convince him to jump ship.
Across town, the news doesn’t paint nearly as bright a picture, as Manchester United boss David Moyes is considering stripping Nemanja Vidic of the clubs captaincy, after the Serbian international signed a deal to join Inter Milan in the summer.
After lengthy speculation Vidic put pen to paper to confirm his departure from Old Trafford at the end of this season, but his current manager is now rumoured to be debating whether or not to move the armband to Wayne Rooney as early as this month.
Meanwhile, anyone who tuned in to watch Brazil’s 5-0 demolition of South Africa in their international friendly last night will surely have had some faith in modern day footballers restored.
After a young child invaded the pitch fans might have expected to see him wrestled away by some burly steward and given a harsh telling off. However, Barcelona’s Neymar intervened and what followed was truly remarkable.
Instead of being run the riot act, the boy was lifted into the air by the Brazilian team, and posed for photos with Neymar and co. before being escorted off the field with an incredible story to tell.
And wrapping up our report today we have the latest on British boxer Amir Khan. It’s said that the Bolton-born fighter will swallow his pride and fight on Floyd Mayweather’s undercard on May 3rd, so long as it will guarantee him a bout with the undefeated champion in the future.
Khan was snubbed in favour of Marcos Maidana for a fight with Mayweather this year, but believes that victory over Adrien Broner will secure him the matchup he covets most.