Is Joao Felix Manchester City bound? Are we going to lose a player to our rivals again? Are we finally getting rid of ‘Big Quim’? A star man sticking around? All that and more in today’s transfer roundup.
BENFICA IN TALKS WITH CITY
The latest development in the saga of Joao Felix to the Etihad Stadium took place in London last night, according to various outlets. They’re reporting that Manchester City CEO Ferran Soriano met with the agent of the Portuguese star, Jorge Mendes, in London today for further talks over the possibility of a transfer. The President of Benfica, Luis Filipe Vieira, was also reported to be present. The result of the meeting seemed to conclude that City will not match the £120 million valuation put on the player and would only move anyway if a current player departed. Most notably Leroy Sané or Gabriel Jesus.
Staying with Benfica, Record Portugal are reporting that City are also talking to the club over the potential transfer of 19 year old defensive midfielder Florentino Luis. It’s been a breakthrough season for the youngster who has gone on to play eleven times for Benfica, scoring a goal in the process.
JUDGEMENT DAY FOR NICOLAS OTAMENDI
The General has been linked with a move away from the blues all season after seemingly falling out of favour with Guardiola. Laporte, Stones and Kompany have all been preferred to Nico over the campaign, which may seem surprising considering he was our best defender in the 2017/18 campaign.
The latest development comes from Paul Hirst in the Times who reports that the club will hold talks with Otamendi in the coming weeks to determine whether he wants to stay at the club. Atlético Madrid and Valencia are amongst a host of clubs interested in the Argentinian, but Pep is happy to keep him if he wants to stay.
SANCHEZ, FRED AND NOW FERNANDES?!
Manchester City seemed certain to be the club that secured the signature of the Sporting central midfielder Bruno Fernandes before multiple outlets reported that the club have no interest in him. A Bola however, have reported that City had bid £48 million for the player but was instantly turned down. This now has ‘opened the door’ for Manchester United to move in as they are willing to pay more for the player. Sounds familiar right?
A DM Dilemma
The everlasting story linking Rodri to the blues continued today. City are still confident that the transfer will go through and are willing to pay his £70 million release clause but are wary of Atletico’s attempts to keep him at the club with the new contract being on the table. City do have other options that they are keeping tabs on, Tanguy Ndombele and Marcos Llorente.
Various outlets are now reporting that our German midfielder Ilkay Gundogan will stay no matter a contract extension or not this summer. City are still confident that they can tempt Gundogan into a new deal, but they now see him as indispensable after his thrilling 2018/19 campaign. Even if they fail to agree a deal, the club has decided they will let him see out his contract.
MANGA BACK IN HIS OLD STOMPING GROUND
According to O Jogo in Portugal, Manchester City centre back Eliaquim Mangala will return to the club the blues bought him from this summer and is in fact already in Porto. They’re reporting he is set to have his medical very soon and will likely put pen to paper by the end of the week.
Thanks for the memories Manga (more like thanks for an amazing debut).
MAGUIRE INTEREST COOLING
Leicester City are reported to be holding out for a sum as high as £90 million for Harry Maguire. This may make City consider their options and then change their stance on Ben Chilwell who was earlier reported to not be in City’s transfer plans. However, any deal would be unlikely with many factors needing to be addressed.
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