The transfer merry-go-round including Leroy Sané, Rodri, Bruno Fernandes, and Joao Felix continues once again, and at this rate we could still be talking about these stories in August. Here are the top transfer news stories from the past 24 hours.
YOU GUESSED IT, MORE RODRI NEWS!
According to James Robson from the Manchester Evening News, City are starting to lose patience with the Spanish midfielder, warning him that they will not hesitate to look at other options should a move continue to be delayed. Those other options include Lyon’s Tanguy Ndombele and Real Madrid’s Marcos Llorente.
Duncan Castles might not be a favourite of a lot of City fans, but his report today will definitely get their attention. Rodri to Manchester City “will happen”, with him being seen as the long term successor to Fernandinho, being able to be effective immediately next season.
Will he stay or will he go? Hopefully Rodri will be close to making his decision.
STEP BACK, KARL!
You’ll never have a difficult time finding reasons to be critical over different methods Bayern Munich will use, and comments over Leroy Sané is definitely one of those areas. In a quote from BILD, Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge had this to say on the German winger:
“The player has to decide first whether he can imagine coming to Bayern. If that’s the case, then we go into concrete negotiations with Manchester City…
The player is the most important factor. Apparently Leroy has not decided yet. Hasan Salihamidžić leads the talks. I think he’s an exciting player both regarding his footballing qualities and as a guy.”
Maybe he will just try blatantly asking Sané to put in a transfer request next time…
Also from BILD today, news that might give City fans new hope is that Sané is planning on changing his agents from his parents to the same management as former Manchester United star David Beckham. Sané wants to try and put a bigger focus on building his own brand. However, any negotiations this summer will still include his parents at the table.
Pep Guardiola is said to want Sané to stay at the Etihad Stadium. Officials of the club are under the impression the German winger will soon sign a new contract to put an end to this speculation. This coming from the Evening Standard.
Ilkay Gündogan has also weighed in on the situation today, courtesy of Tobias Altschäffl from BILD:
“I’ve talked a bit with Leroy. It did not seem to me that he really wanted to leave [Manchester City]. The club does not necessarily want to give it up. He has another two years [left on his] contract… That’s why I personally believe that Leroy will stay – that would be nice too.”
The last update on the Leroy Sane situation came from Martin Blackburn of the Sun, who stated that Bayern Munich are unlikely to match Manchester City’s valuation of the German winger which stands at £90 million.
CITY SHOW BENFICA THE MONEY
According to Correio da Manhã, City have offered Benfica €120 million for Joao Felix. The offer has yet to be formalised due to FFP, but City have guaranteed Benfica the fee they have asked for, with the player himself being offered a 5-year-deal with close to £4.5 million a season.
Real Madrid and Manchester United have offered the same amount as City has for the Portuguese starlet, but City have the upper hand because they have also agreed to pay the agent commissions.
Record are also backing up these reports, stating that City have not triggered the release clause due to potential issues with FFP, but have already offered Benfica the €120 million.
It seems clear that wherever talks are at, City are very interested in one of the brightest prospects to come out of Portugal lately. Where would Pep fit Joao Felix into his ever-evolving City side?
CITY END BRUNO CHASE
A couple weeks ago it seemed like it was only a matter of time before Bruno Fernandes would be making his way to Manchester to join his compatriot Bernardo Silva. However, while the flight destination might still be the same, it seems the Sporting CP midfielder will not be coming to join the Blue side of Manchester.
According to O Jogo, City have withdrawn from the race to sign the 24-year-old. A deal of €55 million plus players had been “agreed”, but the Portuguese side rejected the players offered and returned to their demand of €70 million.
A unnamed source coming from Manchester City had briefed Portuguese media this afternoon, with A Bola relaying the quote that stated; “Manchester City are not and never have been interested in Bruno Fernandes…”
Will City Live to regret missing out on Bruno Fernandes? Time will tell…
FLORENTINO, SE QUEDA.
Late last week, there were rumours that City were interested in signing Benfica’s promising 19-year-old Florentino Luis. However, comments today from his agent Bruno Carvalho, via calcio mercato, seem to suggest the promising defensive midfielder will be remaining with the Portuguese side.
“Many clubs are interested but there is a common project with Benfica. Florentino is not going to leave because he wants to play with the first team of Benfica. We could think about a transfer only after.”
Should City look to return for Florentino once he had established himself in the Benfica first team?
GOODBYES FOR DANILO AND FABIAN DELPH?
We could be close to saying goodbye to a couple squad players this summer. Jonathan Smith of ESPN reports today that City are open to selling Fabian Delph should they receive the right price, which is believed to be about £15 million.
Danilo continues to be linked with a move to Inter Milan, and City have turned down a bid from the Italian giants due to it being £10 million away from their valuation, according to The Sun. City are looking for somewhere in the region of £22 million for the Brazilian international. An unnamed source had this to say in the move:
“There is confidence that the deal will go well. The two clubs have a good working relationship. There are other Premier League and teams abroad interested in him. Inter are making quick moves though.”
Today’s report also backs up others from the past couple days, stating that City will intend to use the funds from the Danilo sale to fund a move in excess of £50 million for Juventus righback Joao Cancelo.
POTENTIAL YOUTH MOVES?
- From Mail Sport today, Celtic are looking at a cut price deal for for winger Brandon Barker. Neil Lennon took the 22-year-old on a successful loan at Hibernian and is now looking at a possible reunion.
- According to The Sun, highly-rated 18-year-old Taylor Richards is set to leave the Etihad Stadium this summer with a move to Inter Milan potentially on the cards. The youngster will be leaving on a permanent move, with a number of English clubs also interested.
- Lastly, from Evening Standard, City are hopeful of beating Chelsea to the signing of Millwall prospect Samuel Edozie. The 16-year-old has caught the eye this season, and both English giants are particularly keen on acquiring his service.
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