Wow. What a day of transfer activity. We’ve had reports of an old face returning, Bayern Munich not just wanting to steal Leroy Sané off our hands and Benfica denying a deal for their star man. All that and much more in our daily transfer roundup…
Angeliño set to return?
This story seemed to come out of nowhere but picked up traction really quick. The first signs came from La Voz De Galicia who claimed Manchester City were ready to trigger their £12 million buy-back clause on the request of Pep Guardiola for Spanish full-back Angeliño. PSG had offered £25 million for his services but due to City triggering the clause, they couldn’t consider the offer. The reason behind the deal to bring the Spaniard back to the Etihad is unknown whether Pep Guardiola sees him in his plans or it is only to sell him on for profit – Napoli, Borussia Dortmund, Arsenal, Barcelona and PSG are all claimed to be interested in the defender.
Hours later, Telegraaf and Sam Lee confirmed Manchester City’s interest in the deal and even a sum of €6 million could be enough to secure a transfer. With Zinchenko’s versatility and Mendy’s injury worries, adding a homegrown player to the squad wouldn’t be a bad idea. This would obviously rule out a move for Leicester City full-back Ben Chilwell who City, according to Sam Lee, ruled out in April. However, City may return for the Englishman if he doesn’t move and if the blues don’t receive a transfer ban.
Marca were ‘able to confirm’ the earlier claims were true and Manchester City are exercising the release clause of Angeliño at PSV.
Rodri remains unsure
I’m thinking of having a little jingle made at this point for updates on City’s pursuit of Rodri. So here again is your daily update. Sam Lee brings us the latest as he says the club are still waiting for an answer from the Spaniard on the decision about his future. Bayern and Barcelona still remain interested but City are hopeful he’ll still make the switch to Manchester, agreeing verbally with the player and the end of last season.
Earlier in the day Kicker in Germany reported that that City also remain red hot favourites for his signature despite Bayern also speaking with him.
Benfica deny Felix deal
As the day progressed it seemed more and more likely that Joao Felix was Atletico Madrid bound. The first sign came from Mundo Deportivo who reported that the player and his family feel Atletico is the ideal club to grow and feels the affection from the fans. Adding to this, City’s fierce competition in the attacking area’s puts his game time in doubt. Correia da Manhã also says that the €120 million release clause has been triggered by both clubs which leaves the final decision with the Portuguese international.
The decision seemed to be a move to Spain with Marca reporting that the deal was ‘imminent’ and the deal was to be announced in the ‘next few hours’. However, Benfica released a statement denying these claims shortly after.
Douglas Luiz needs work experience
Stuart Brennan from the MEN has said that Brazilian midfielder Douglas Luiz needs to break into the Brazil squad to be granted a work permit to play for Manchester City. This is unlikely to happen without the coaching of Pep Guardiola and leaves the player in a tough position. This follows on from last summer when City tried to secure Luiz’ work permit with Guardiola wanting to use him as Fernandinho’s backup.
Cancelo getting closer and closer
The reliable journalist and Juventus correspondent for Goal, Romeo Agresti, says a deal to sign Joao Cancelo is close and the money involved will be met ‘halfway’ between Juventus’ valuation (a fee in excess of €50m) and the amount Manchester City are willing to pay.
Agresti continued to develop the update by stating contacts had taken place between the two clubs ‘in the last few hours‘. Manchester City are prepared to increase their initial offer to the Italian side, a development that represents a breakthrough in talks. A final agreement could in fact be found in the coming days.
One or two to Anderlecht
The links between RSC Anderlecht and Manchester City were almost certain to bring about transfer rumours linking some of City’s young talents with a loan move to Belgium. However, it was confirmed by Simon Davies, assistant to manager Vincent Kompany, that the Belgian side would be looking to take one or two players on loan from the Etihad Stadium.
One of those players could be defensive midfielder Matt Smith, who spent last season on loan at FC Twente. This transfer of the 19-year-old was labelled as ‘a possibility‘ by Kristof Terreur. Simon Davies himself confirmed the club’s interest by stating in his first official press conference:
“He’s a player that has been considered in the past but it’s not just as easy as ‘you like that someone and you get that person’. There’s a lot of business and you speak to a lot of people about the situation. He’s someone of interest.”
It’s not quite over for this Grêmio forward
It was just last week that several outlets were ruling out Manchester City in the chase for high-rated Brazilian forward Everton. Suddenly, and quite conveniently given the social media post of Manchester City’s twitter account, the blues remain ‘one of the ‘main interested sides’.
Just recently, a post by the club’s official twitter account featured four pictures of our blues on international duty with Brazil at the Copa America. It just so happened that in the third photo, Gabriel Jesus is captured hugging Everton. Clutching at straws in this one surely…
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