Manchester City are preparing for an active summer transfer window and the focus is definitely on attacking options. Spanish newspaper Marca believes the Etihad club have had scouts to track Atlético Madrid youngster Oliver Torres. The 18-year-old is extremely highly rated by manager Diego Simeone and, according to the Mail, was the subject of interest from Chelsea last summer.
Oliver Torres Muñoz has made five La Liga appearances this season, with two more in the Copa del Rey. All seven came off the bench but the youngster has already shown glimpses of his ability. He played a key role in Spain's title triumph at the UEFA U19 European Championships last season and has been named captain of the squad for this year's tournament.
Roberto Mancini has often claimed he was stifled by Football Administration Officer Brian Marwood in the race to sign Dutch international Robin van Persie. And the Italian has pointed to the former Arsenal captain's 25 goals and eight assists in 36 games as one of the key reasons for losing the Premier League title to arch-rivals Manchester United. It appears the club wil not make the same mistake again; they have already been linked with a definitive move for in-demand Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani.
Calls for Scott Sinclair to Return
Meanwhile, Swansea City midfielder Leon Britton has called on Scott Sinclair to return to the Liberty Stadium. The 24-year-old winger made a surprising summer switch to City but has failed to establish himself under Mancini.
Sinclair has made only 11 Premier League appearances (only one start) all season and has yet to score a league goal for his new club. Mancini was earlier quoted as admitting fault for Sinclair's lack of development and suggesting it might be better for the player if he were to return to the Swans.
And Britton has now urged Sinclair to do just that.
"When you get an offer to go the champions you understand why he went and maybe it hasn't worked out how he wanted it to be. If he did become available, and obviously it is down to the manager, but the players would welcome him back tomorrow," the 30-year-old explained.