Manchester City update – Dani Alves set for the Etihad? James Milner close to new deal

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Manchester City currently sit in second place in the Premier League table but are some 5 points behind leaders Chelsea after only 7 games. Manuel Pellegrini’s side have picked up 14 points of a possible 21. This comes despite good wins recently over Hull City and a ground out victory against Aston Villa. The issue is they failed to beat Arsenal away and last year’s champions then lost to Stoke City at home.

Recent seasons have been filled with speculation about who Manchester City will be signing in each transfer window but now looking around at the rumours and potential buys, it is notably quiet on the Citizens front. The blue half of Manchester were overshadowed in the summer spending stakes by Manchester United’s purchases of Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao and this perhaps comes from the strong Financial Fair Play punishments imposed on them by UEFA.

One player who has been regularly linked with a move to the Premier League in recent months is Barcelona’s full-back Daniel Alves. The Daily Star report that a number of clubs are linked to the 31-year-old who has played 193 times in La Liga for the Catalan giants. The Brazilian international has played 79 times for his country and would love to test himself in another league. That certainly is plausible for Manchester City who could quite easily propose an attractive offer to the talented defender.

Manchester City are also thought to be close to agreeing a new contract with their midfielder James Milner. The Daily Star believe that the club has been able to convince Milner to stay as he admitted he was looking to play regular football with only 12 Premier League starts last campaign. The 28-year-old England international has said about the matter: “We’ve been in talks with the club, we’ve talked about it and hopefully it can get sorted some time soon”. Milner joined Manchester City in August 2010 in a part exchange deal worth £28.5m and has 117 Premier League appearances to his name for the team since then.