Today has been a mixed bag of reports. Are Manchester City in or are they out for some of the biggest names potentially on the move this summer? Here’s your daily transfer round-up.
The Race for Felix Heats Up
Coming from AS today, Manchester City, Juventus, and Atletico Madrid are all vying for the signature of Joao Felix. Felix is Madrid’s “main objective” this summer, but they are unable to match the salaries being offered by City and Juventus.
Madrid are eager and willing to pay the €120 million release clause for the Portuguese youngster as they believe he can develop under the guidance of Diego Simeone.
Correio da Manhã also believe City are well placed in the race for the Benfica starlet, but with a different competitor. Felix’s agent Jorge Mendes is about to have “decisive” meetings with City and Real Madrid, with City being the best positioned with their €120 million offer and €6 million-a-year salary. However, Real have not given up, and both Felix and Mendes want the situation sorted out as soon as possible so the youngster can go on vacation with his future decided.
This report was contradicted on the same day by Portuguese outlet A Bola, as Joao Felix is already off on holiday to Ibiza. Felix will rest and decide what is best for his career, leaving interested clubs waiting for his decision.
And just when you thought the Joao Felix stories stopped there, James Nursey of the Mirror stated late Tuesday evening that the player’s agent Jorges Mendes is pushing for a move to Atletico Madrid for his client. The renowned agent feels this could be a smarter ‘intermediate step‘ than the financial pull of England.
Stuart has the Spill
Stuart Brennan of the Manchester Evening News has given a lowdown on City’s transfer plans this summer. The club are only in the hunt for two new players in this summer transfer window. They are not in the market for any attacking players, with holding midfield and centre-back the two areas most needed to be addressed.
Right-back is a “fluid situation” at the club this summer, with Danilo unsettled due to a lack of playing time. City will enter the market if the Brazilian requests to leave, and could yet join the chase for Crystal Palace youngster Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
City have shown no interest in signing either Bruno Fernandes or Joao Felix. Pep Guardiola is keen to step up Phil Foden’s involvement and will show faith in Riyad Mahrez, meaning the club is not in the market for an attacking player. Pep is also very happy with Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus at the striker position.
Nicolas Otamendi was expected to leave the club this summer, but is now reconsidering following Vincent Kompany’s departure. City also have high hopes for Eric Garcia (18) and Philippe Sandler (22), who will be involved with the first-team squad next season.
Another Brazilian on His Way?
News from TeamTalk today is that Manchester City are interested in Cruzeiro defender Murilo as a potential replacement for Vincent Kompany. The 22-year-old is valued at £30 million, and has also caught the eye of Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich, and AS Monaco, although City are thought to be at the front of the queue. The centre-back has been playing first team football since 2017, and scouts believe that he could jump right into the first team at the Etihad Stadium.
Potential Youth Moves
Manchester City are interested in signing 16-year-old Liam Delap – son of former Stoke City throw-in specialist Rory, according to The Sun. Delap has made a big impact for Derby’s U18 side, and won the Golden Boot while starring for England U16s at the Mercedes Benz Agean Tournament in Turkey.
Pete O’Rourke reports that City starlet Noah Ohio has agreed a deal with RB Leipzig this summer. The 16-year-old had been offered a new 3-year deal with City, but Leipzig came in and beat City as well as a host of other clubs by outlining a clearer path to the first team. The transfer will be finalised imminently.