Gündogan on the move? Colour me doubtful.

Of the many problems with transfer speculation in February, perhaps none is more notable than the fact that it’s occurring in February. The winter window ahs just slammed shut, and it’s the time of year when the nights are long and filled with terrors – at least for football writers. Between the relative tedium that is pre-match write-ups and post-match analysis of the matches that’re flying fast and furious, there is little to write about that galvanizes the minds of arms chair Directors of Football and Football Manager aficionados. And so we latch onto whatever bits of transfer gossip we can, from whatever rag it is that decides to print it. We’ve all been guilty of it from time to time, myself included.

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Who Can Captain City?

Vincent Kompany has been the captain of City since 2011, but with his testimonial coming this September, it’s probably the right time to think about life after the Belgian hangs up his boots. A combination of injuries and selection decisions has seen Kompany miss a number of games over recent years, and with plenty of candidates being seen in the armband, who should be Vinny’s permanent replacement?

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Xtra Analysis: Rodri

Is the search for Manchester City’s number one Fernandinho replacement finally coming to a conclusion? We take an in-depth look at Rodrigo Hernandez Cascante and why he appears to be Guardiola’s number one midfield target this summer.

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