Good Evening City fans! Today, more of the usual with the same familiar names, and news of a certain left-back looks set to extend his stay at the Etihad Stadium. Here is your daily news roundup…
THE FUTURE OF PEP
As dedicated as Italian journalists have been in insisting Pep Guardiola would replace Massimiliano Allegri at Juventus this summer, it looks like it will be in vain. This should not come as a shock to those who have heard Pep’s own comments on the matter, but according to journalist GuillaumeMP, Juventus did make an offer of over €20 million a season to the Spaniard, which was rejected.
According to Jeremy Cross of the Daily Star, Pep Guardiola is ‘shattered‘ after last season’s treble winning campaign. He is thinking about his next break from the pressures of managing a big club, and could possibly leave the Etihad after next season if he wins the Champions League.
“I do not take a sabbatical. The news comes out, is repeated and is not checked. I have two years of contract and, if they do not kick me out, I will continue.”
Pep sure doesn’t seem to be a fan of the media nowadays and you simply can’t blame him…
Another day, another take on the Joao Felix situation. According to Correio da Manhã, Benfica President Luis Felipe Vieira is focused on getting the entire €120 million fee at once for the 19-year-old. With City offering a salary of €6 million per season, Benfica are afraid of how much they would have to pay in wages should Felix return on loan.
The offers made make the situation “irreversible” in the eyes of the Portuguese giants. Efforts will be made to get the player back on loan for a season or two without paying a huge amount in wages. The most interested clubs are City, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, and Real Madrid.
SANÉ WEIGHS IN ON FUTURE
“I’m going on vacation now. Everything else will be seen. That’s it with the questions about Bayern Munich.”
This one looks to be set to go on a while, then…
GÜNDOGAN TO EXTEND STAY
A major topic in the past season has been the impending end of Ilkay Gündogan’s contract. The club have always wanted to extend the midfielders deal, but the German himself has been hesitant, knowing he has one last major contract in his career as he goes into his late 20s. For a while it seemed as if he would not be taking the club’s offer of a renewal, but in recent weeks he seems to have turned a corner. Today he had this to say, via Goal:
“I would know about that, I know nothing, I have not spoken to anyone.
There will be talks in the summer and then we’ll see…
I’m not dissatisfied with Manchester City and that’s why I would not say that I really want to leave because the club wants to extend my contract.”
CANCELO WILL HAVE TO WAIT
Various reports in recent weeks have said that talks are underway between City and Juventus for Joao Cancelo. However, according to Mundo Deportivo, any deal for the right-back will have to wait. The deal will only happen if Danilo leaves the Manchester club. Juventus will wait for their new manager to decide if they want to sell the 25-year-old.
ZINCHENKO SET FOR RENEWAL
Oleksandr Zinchenko is set to sign an extension with Manchester City. From James Robson of the Evening Standard, the Ukranian will be given the chance to establish himself as the first-choice left-back next season.
While Bruno Fernandes does not look to be Etihad bound, City and Sporting Lisbon were able to work out a future partnership, and São Paulo forward Antony could be the first player involved in the relationship. The Brazilian side are demanding more than €20 million for the 19-year-old, who would be loaned to the Portuguese side, according to Record.
Sport Witness states the partnership involves City sending a few players on loan to Lisbon, while Sporting could send some of their youngsters over to England to train.
From the Sun via Nottinghamshire Live, Pep Guardiola will allow Arijanet Muric to leave the club on loan this summer. Nottingham Forest manager Martin O’Neill and head goalkeeping coach Seamus McDonagh were amongst the crowd at Bulgaria vs Kosovo in Sofia on Monday night.
A brief but seemingly decisive update on Lucien Agoume was also reported, stating the Sochaux talent is set to make the move to Inter Milan imminently.
Jack Harrison is eager to rejoin Leeds United for a second loan spell next season, according to Pete O’Rourke.
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