Loan exits likely, as City linked with summer Stones move

Date published: Monday 1st February 2016 12:35

Manuel Pellegrini: No new arrivals

Celtic have signed Man City starlet Patrick Roberts on loan and could add another, while Bruno Zuculini also looks set to leave The Etihad on a temporary basis.

Any chance of a senior player arriving into Manuel Pellegrini’s squad today looks very unlikely. Pellegrini stated last week that he would not look to replace the injured Kevin De Bruyne.

The Belgium schemer has picked up a knee injury and will be missing for around 10 weeks, but Pellegrini has confidence that his squad can cope without the 12 goal and 12 assist man.

Young striker Kelechi Iheanacho’s form is also another reason why Pellegrini will not be knocking on the door of Txiki Begiristain after the young striker scored a hat-trick in the win over Aston Villa on Saturday.

“It is not our intention to bring anyone in,” said Pellegrini. The likely inactivity on deadline day has been the same in recent years with City’s transfer plans being laid out far in advance and sporting director Begiristain is not the type of man to be rushed into getting a last-gasp transfer over the line.

City will be letting a handful of their young propects go out on loan though and Celtic have signed Roberts on an 18-month arrangement.

The Daily Mail also suggest City’s Norway U-21 midfielder Bersant Celina is also wanted by Hoops boss and compatriot Ronny Deila, who knows him well.

The 19-year-old can play through the centre and also out wide.

Zuculini could also move out on loan with AEK Athens set to sign the 22-year-old.

The Argentine, who has not made a competitive appearance for the first team, arrived in the Greek capital on Sunday and will undergo a medical today before completing a switch to the side managed by Gus Poyet.

However, the Daily Mirror claim City are now leading the chase for Everton centre-back John Stones.

Stones’ future is likely to come under the microscope again this summer after Chelsea failed to lure the 21-year-old south with three bids – the third of which was believed to be around £30million.

Chelsea, Barcelona and Real Madrid are all reportedly tracking Stones, who has been criticised this season with Roberto Martinez’s men conceding the most home goals in the Premier League.

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