It’s been quite a busy day in the world of transfers with updates on over 14 players including the usual names as well as a few new figures being linked with Manchester City. We’ve also got news of two potential first-team departures as well as two young names edging closer to moves away from the Etihad Stadium. Here’s your daily transfer round-up of everything Manchester City.
PRAISE OF THE HIGHEST ORDER
It may have been the moment that the media presumed City were going to make a move for the Leicester full-back, but now Ben Chilwell has shone some light on what exactly was said during the exchange at the Etihad Stadium between Pep Guardiola and the Englishman. As revealed by multiple outlets, the 22-year-old revealed exactly how much of a big fan the City boss is, but also ruled out the possibility of a move to Manchester by claiming his head is only focused on working with Brendan Rodgers.
HERE WE GO AGAIN
Now it’s time for your daily dose of Leroy Sane talk. Fabrizio Romano suggested that Manchester City will not be accepting anything less than €100m for the German winger, after bosses at the Etihad had rejected an initial bid of €80m from the Bundesliga champions. Bayern Munich do however feel City’s asking price is ‘too much‘ and are considering whether to make another bid.
Moments later, the obligatory swift shut down by a fellow journalist came about with Christian Falk stating no concrete bid had been made by Bayern.
Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer became the latest player associated with the club to discuss the situation surrounding the Manchester City winger. The World Cup winner stated; “There are always rumours during such a phase. Leroy is experienced, well advised and knows what he wants. I haven’t spoke to him about it.”
The updates surrounding Leroy didn’t just end there. In fact, Manchester City are not expecting the winger to demand a move to the Bundesliga giants this summer, whilst also remaining hopeful that he will sign a new long-term deal. James Robson of the Evening Standard did however state in his report that the Premier League champions are still bracing themselves for a formal bid from Bayern Munich.
KEEPING A CLOSE EYE ON JOAO
From one familiar name to another, Joao Felix is set to be at the centre of a tug of war between, yes you guessed it, Manchester United and Manchester City. Real Madrid are also claimed to be involved in the same tug of war for the teenager’s signature who is valued by his club at £120m.
The Daily Express have claimed that both Premier League sides will have scouts and representatives at the Estádio do Dragao for Portugal’s UEFA Nations League semi-final clash with Switzerland.
James Nursey of the Daily Mirror went one step further in the latest developments surrounding Joao Felix by stating that Manchester City are the most likely destination for the teenager.
This was further backed up by Spanish newspaper Marca who stated that along with Atletico Madrid, Manchester City are ‘best placed‘ to sign the 19-year-old. In fact, officials at the Etihad Stadium are willing to pay €100m ‘without hesitation’ while Pep Guardiola is certainly keen on the transfer.
A Bola of Portugal do however claim that Benfica president Luis Felipe Vieira is waiting until the end of the UEFA Nations League before he analyses and reviews the offers on the table for the most in-demand teenager in Europe. It was claimed by the newspaper that Benfica currently have four offers, all of them reaching the €120m mark, however with different forms of payment.
FROM ONE JOAO TO ANOTHER
Joao Cancelo. A name that is becoming more and more familiar amongst those keeping a close eye on Manchester City transfer rumours. Mike McGrath of the Sun suggested that City are lining up a bid of £50m for the right-back with Pep Guardiola believing he is more than capable of pushing Kyle Walker even further in the City defensive line.
This move may not be as ridiculous as some people are suggesting, especially given the latest update on two other Manchester City full-backs – Danilo and Fabian Delph.
Fabrizio Romano provided another update on Monday night, this time on the situation surrounding Atletico Madrid defensive midfielder Rodri. It is claimed once again that officials at the Etihad Stadium are prepared to trigger his €70m release clause. However, the 22-year-old is yet to make a decision on his future.
Speaking to Deportes Cuatro however, Rodri stated that he is ‘happy‘ at Los Rojiblancos; less than encouraging news for officials at Manchester City. However, within the same discussion, the midfielder not only ‘asked for space‘ but also confirmed that he himself doesn’t know what is going to happen this summer.
ANOTHER SEASON IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP?
It seems like Brandon Barker, who was once regarded very highly by coaches at the Etihad Stadium, is moving further and further away from a first-team place at City. The latest update on the future of the 22-year-old suggests that Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United are looking to move for the winger, albeit a loan deal.
This may be as a result of the recent developments surrounding Jack Harrison, who is said to be out of Leeds’ price range. We reported in recent weeks that the winger, who impressed during his time at Elland Road last season is valued by Manchester City officials at £15m.
FROM PRESTON TO MONCHENGLADBACH
Lukas Nmecha could be on the move again this summer, with Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach linked with a move for the 20-year-old. Nmecha had a relatively frustrating time at Deepdale scoring on just three occasions in 44 appearances.
Nmecha further fuelled links to the Bundesliga by saying; “There are interested parties. There are some clubs in the Bundesliga which would be great for me, because I speak German and that would make me feel right at home. I like the football that is played in Germany.“
This is perhaps one of the least surprising stories of the transfer window in recent days, however the latest update on Bruno Fernandes is that he is Old Trafford bound. Portuguese outlet Jornal de Noticias state that the noisy neighbours have moved ahead of City in the race for his signature by offering a ‘very seducing‘ offer of €55m up front with €25m in bonuses.
A NEW NAME TO ADD TO THE LIST
Just when you thought a clearer list of transfer targets was beginning to form, the Daily Express have pulled a new name out of the transfer hat. It is suggested that Manchester City are in a race for Sochaux midfielder Lucien Agoume, who could be available for around £4.4m.
Manchester City have been looking into the possibility of signing the 17-year-old for ‘several months’ however, Inter Milan are also among the list of teams looking to secure his signature.
A NEW NAME TO ADD TO THE LIST – PART TWO
Continuing on with the theme of new names, Manchester City are once again ‘interested’ in FC Tokyo and former Barcelona academy teenager Takefusa Kubo. City have joined Real Madrid in the race for the attacker who turned 18 on June 4th – meaning there are now no obstacles in the way of a move back to Europe.
We’re beginning to wonder how seriously we should even take the term ‘interested’ anymore.
We’re going to take this supposed interest with a pinch of salt. James Robson of the Evening Standard claims Manchester City are among a queue of clubs interested in Leicester City midfielder James Maddison. It is quite clear that City have very little intention of signing an attacking midfielder, especially given the drop of interest in Bruno Fernandes, however Pep Guardiola is reportedly impressed by the 22-year-old’s impact with the Foxes and is keen to see how he develops.
AN OPEN DOOR FOR DANILO AND DELPH
The idea of Pep Guardiola leaning towards working with a close-knit squad was further emphasised today with two potential departures in full-back positions. Simon Bajkowski of the Manchester Evening News stated that both Fabian Delph and Danilo will not be prevented from leaving the club this summer, if either player is wanting more first-team football next season.
With just one strong rumour in their position, Joao Cancelo, could we be looking at a similar scenario to this campaign – a small squad being pushed to their limits right till the very end?!
JUST ANOTHER CFG SIGNING?
It hasn’t taken long for stories to start coming up surrounding the immediate future of incoming Manchester City goalkeeper Zack Steffan. The USA international was signed din January by City for a fee in the region of €10m, however it seems like he could be on the move to Fortuna Dusseldorf of the Bundesliga upon arrival at the CFA.
Paul Tenorio of The Athletic suggests that officials from the German side will fly to Washington to complete the deal while the 24-year-old is in the US capital on international duty. Tenorio further expanded by stating that a move to Germany will allow Steffen to build up a resume, making it easier to get a work permit in England, should Manchester City look to involve him in the first-team set-up.
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