NYCFC not targeting loans for Demichelis, Saunders

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by CHRISTIAN ARAOS

Empire of Soccer has learned that New York City FC will not seek out a loan deal for Martin Demichelis or Josh Saunders.

The Manchester City defender and the New York City FC goalkeeper had each been rumored to cross the Atlantic in loans to help either club address roster needs.

Multiple reports indicated that Demichelis was set to go on a six-month loan to NYCFC in the January transfer window, but that will not be happening. The Argentine defender signed a contract extension with Manchester City last March that will last until the end of the 2015-16 season. Although he will turn 35 next month, he is still seen as a first team contributor by Manchester City. His reported salary of nearly $5 million per year also makes it impossible for NYCFC to add him.

The Sun had reported that Josh Saunders would move to Manchester City to help it address a perceived lack of depth at goalkeeper with first choice Joe Hart currently sidelined due to an injured hamstring. Hart is scheduled to return to action next month rendering any talk of goalkeeping additions moot. Saunders is set to join the team in Puerto Rico for its postseason friendly against the Puerto Rican national team.

EoS has also learned that the team will announce its offseason roster moves shortly in advance of making that trip next week.