In September 2008, Manchester City were at the center of the most surprising deadline of all time.
The immediate impact of the takeover of the Abu Dhabi United Group to persuade Alex Ferguson to kidnap Dimitar Berbatov (sort of) and the aftermath has been felt in English and European football ever since.
However, it seems that City more or less decided then that they were done giving us real entertainment for deadline day, and this Monday is likely to be no different.
Even if the signing of Julián Álvarez from River Plate is confirmed, that has been in the pipeline for more than a week.
The Blues are a clinically efficient and well-run operation, the kind of club that tends not to get involved in any last-minute hoo-has in the transfer market. Did someone say “boring”?
Regardless, you don’t need surprise signings to make Deadline Day something worth following. Isn’t that right, Manchester City fan reading this on your phone?
With that in mind, here are four The city is our limit day “predictions” of different severity levels.
Erling Haaland is a blue
Daily gossip about Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland has been a staple of this window, but that saga will really only cook up in the summer.
In the meantime, we can look for clues, clues, and anything else that suggests Erling is ready to follow in his father Alf-Inge’s footsteps and head to City.
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We’ve all seen the photos of a young Haaland in a replica City shirt and his in the 2014 League Cup final with his father.
Eagle-eyed observers noted that Haaland had City in the background of an Instagram Story the other week. So expect more of this on deadline day: an old photo of Erling blowing up an inflatable banana while watching a Shaun Goater DVD, maybe?
As the clock ticks down, managers can become desperate when it comes to securing desired goals.
City will certainly hope that Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst doesn’t decide to negotiate from the bottom up when it comes to his apparent interest in loaning out James McAtee.
Van Bronckhorst was granted access to CFG after leaving Feyenoord in 2019, and was given a glimpse into City’s inner workings.
“Give me the McAtee boy, or I’ll leak Pep’s 250-page PowerPoint on reverse sides and false nines!” is the phone call that Txiki Begiristain does not want to receive at all.
Adam good deal
When he is not on the golf course, Pep Guardiola likes to spend his time collecting expensive bottles of wine.
As we ponder some potential salt-of-the-earth hobbies for the Blues boss, we have to imagine he’s seriously thinking about sending a box of good stuff to his old friend Joan Laporta. Bruno Lage may also have something.
Why? Well, Adama Traoré -the inexplicable scourge of Manchester City- has joined Barcelona on loan from Wolves until the end of the season with a view to a definitive signing.
That means that on April 16, when City travel to Molineux, we’ll be spared the biannual spectacle of the erratic winger becoming superman.
and Barcelona doing Month Than A Shambles from their group campaign means there is also no chance of Traore ruining City in the Champions League this season.
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Let’s all have an Isco
Come on, this window hasn’t passed yet, has it? So you absolutely have to.
Death, taxes and City linked to Real Madrid midfielder Isco.
We have few certainties in this ever-changing world. Please, please, don’t steal this one from us.
Transfers, You know what to do.
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