City linked with Sylvinho

While all the attention is on Joleon Lescott’s imminent arrival, City have now been linked with the Brazilian left-back Sylvinho. The former Arsenal left-back is available on a free transfer after being released by Barcelona. Discussions about the signing are believed to have taken place when City were in Spain last week.

The 35 year old’s last competitive game was in Barcelona’s 2-0 victory over Manchester United in the Champions League final.

Fee agreed for Joleon Lescott

City have confirmed that an agreement has been reached with Everton for the transfer of Joleon Lescott.

Sky Sports News have stated that the player has already completed part of his medical. If the remainder is completed tomorrow (Monday) and personal terms agreed, then the long running transfer could finally be concluded by the end of the day.

The fee has yet to be confirmed. Estimates vary from £22m to £24m, an undoubtedly huge sum for a player who is not an England regular. Mark Hughes will no doubt describe himself as “delighted” to have finally captured his first choice target for the left side of central defence.

Lescott can also provide cover for left-back. With Zabaleta and McGivern also appearing there in recent friendlies, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the departure of Javier Garrido before the close of the transfer window.

Speculation about the future of Richard Dunne will doubtless intensify despite his recent statements of being willing to fight for his place. Sunderland, Villa and Spurs are amongst those who have been linked with the skipper throughout the Summer and if the Irishman wants regular first team football, then he could be tempted to move.

Lescott meanwhile could be set to make his debut in the Carling Cup tie at Crystal Palace on Thursday.