Suggestions that defensive comings and goings will form much of City’s transfer action this summer, as well as all the haggling over prices and wage demands we’ve come to associate with the Blue’s summer negotiations. Here comes your daily dose of transfer rumours.
ENGLISH DEFENDERS ON THE WISHLIST
It certainly appears that officials at Manchester City are not content with having four full England internationals in their squad, as well as one of the country’s brightest young talents in Phil Foden.
Jonathan Smith of ESPN claims that City are “tracking” three English defenders in Harry Maguire, Ben Chilwell (both of Leicester City) and Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace). However, the Times’ Paul Hirst states that City would refuse to stump up the £80 million and £50 million fees demanded for Maguire and Wan-Bissaka respectively. Hirst also reveals that whilst Pep Guardiola is a fan of Chilwell, he doesn’t see the 22-year-old left-back as a priority, instead planning to use Oleksandr Zinchenko as cover for the perennially injured Benjamin Mendy.
The final update regarding one of these English names said to be on the wishlist of Manchester City officials involves Harry Maguire. The Mail claim that the 26-year-old is being targeted by both Manchester clubs – no surprises there. Although Maguire would favour a move to the Premier League champions – again no surprises there.
The Mail reiterate earlier reports by stating that the Foxes would demand a world record fee for the central defender, a fee in excess of £75 million.
Paul Hirst comes in with more transfer news, this time regarding possible exits for two South American stoppers; Nicolás Otamendi and Danilo. City would be willing to part ways with the Brazilian full-back should should they see a return on their £26.5million investment from 2017, whilst the Argentine would be permitted to go to Atletico Madrid, his most likely suitors, if they pay £20million.
Another member of the Manchester City defence that Paul Hirst claims could be on his way is Fabian Delph. The 29-year-old’s contract is up in one year’s time, and City are looking to cash in quickly. West Ham were rumoured to be interested, but have since been put off by Delph’s £80k per week wage demands and £10 million price tag.
Will City be able to shift their unwanted assets?
SWAPPING A ‘NORMAL’ FOR A ‘SHINY’?
An alternative method for City to move on Danilo is in a swap deal for Juventus right-back João Cancelo, report Gazzetta dello Sport. City have been negotiating with the Torinese club over the Portuguese full-back’s €50 million asking price, seemingly unwilling to pay so much for a player who would share first-team action with Kyle Walker.
Sport Mediaset are now reporting that City are “very close to the final conclusion” of a Danilo-less deal for Cancelo, but this would leave the Italians without a right-back. That’s where Danilo would come in; City would happily give Juve €30 million plus the 27-year-old in exchange for Cancelo. Such a deal would also suit Juventus, as it wouldn’t require them to enter the market for a new right-back
The final update on the every-developing Joao Cancelo situation came from @Guillaumemp. The journalist for Eurosport France stated that negotiations between Juventus and Manchester City had ‘intensified‘ over the last few hours. The Premier League Champions are said to already have a contractual agreement in place with the full-back although there is no agreement with the club.
Would you rather pay the €50million upfront, or throw Danilo in to cut the price?
NEW BACKLINE LEADER?
City cult hero Shaun Wright-Phillips has had his say on who should be the man to fill departing captain Vincent Kompany’s boots. Speaking to 888Sport, Shaun said:
“…the club definitely needs some big characters both on and off the pitch. He is going to be almost impossible to replace, but if you can start off by replacing him on the field then I’d love to see [Matthijs] De Ligt at Manchester City. After watching him play this year and especially being so young I think him and [Aymeric] Laporte would be a great team.
People will try and take advantage because it’s City but considering what he’s worth and capable of City should go for him. I’m not saying £180million or something stupid but I’d like to see him there because he’s such a good player.’
That he is Shaun, that he is.
NO TO BRUNO
In other news today, final nails have seemingly been driven into the coffin of the Bruno Fernandes to City deal, as Record reports that City “wouldn’t get close” to reaching Sporting’s €70million asking price.
Does that mean that the rumours will go away? Don’t count on it.
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