Today’s news in the world of Manchester City transfers added another contract extension, a possible goalkeeper to fill the most important role in the squad (Richard Wright’s spot) and a possible breakthrough in the search for Vincent Kompany’s replacement. Read below to find out exactly what happened…
Another one bites the dust
Manchester City confirmed a deal which seemed to have been agreed and signed months ago, for Oleksandr Zinchenko. The Ukrainian had a stand out season in his new position, while covering for the injured Benjamin Mendy.
Following Kyle Walker’s contract announcement on Wednesday, City sign another integral part of the defensive line into the books, and tied Zinchenko down to a new five year deal. Although it may have been foreseen from reports months ago, it is still nice to see hard work be rewarded as Pep Guardiola and the Manchester City staff clearly feel he has done enough to warrant his stay in this team full of superstars.
We hope to that he continues to develop and prosper in the future to bring even more winner’s medals to his ever-growing trophy cabinet!
The signing we all wanted most…
Contrary to belief, it seems as though Manchester City really are in for veteran goalkeeper Asier Riesgo. Following a suggestion from City goalkeeping coach Xabier Mancisidor, Mikel Arteta has given the green light to City’s transfer team to take on the services of the goalkeeper and bring some experience to the goalkeeping ranks.
Further developments of the story were provided later that evening, with Marca suggesting that the 35-year-old will earn more than double what he currently receiving at Spanish side Eibar. Included in the same agreement is the possibility for Riesgo to take on a coaching role at the Etihad Stadium following his retirement from football, which you can only imagine is imminent.
The experienced goalkeeper understands that he will receive significantly less minutes at Manchester City, however Marca claim he will ‘go to work every day with a smile‘ simply by working with some of the finest talents in world football at the moment.
Next stop? Manchester.
It of course wouldn’t be a transfer round-up without yet another outlet providing an update on the future of Rodri. German newspaper Kicker claim that the Spanish midfielder is the ideal solution to Bayern Munich‘s hunt for a ‘number six’.
However, after four months of considering his options, Rodrigo Hernandez has opted to join Manchester City and play under the leadership of Pep Guardiola. Maybe not much of an update, but further encouragement for us blues in our own hunt for a long-term Fernandinho replacement.
Central defence recruitment imminent? Or not…
Reports emerged from the Mirror of a breakthrough in the transfer of England international Harry Maguire. A fee in the region of £65 million was said to have been agreed between Manchester City and Leicester, with various news outlets suggesting that Pep Guardiola’s transfer plans had fallen in place having pipped Manchester United to the signing of Maguire.
However, despite further developments from the Star suggesting Manchester City had even ‘pencilled in a medical‘ for the central defender, it was revealed that no breakthrough or major positive development was true. The Leicester Mercury reported that City are still far from Leicester’s £75 million valuation. It was then suggested that Leicester vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha would not agree to any deal unless it was close to the club’s £100 million valuation.
It’s fair to say, judging by the saga surrounding Joao Felix, that Manchester City will certainly not be going anywhere near the heights of a nine-figure sum.
Just when it had all gone silent…
Leroy Sane. Remember that saga? Well, it’s back, with BILD providing an insight into the personal life of the winger and what effect that may have on the future of the German this summer.
One of the more encouraging claims by the German newspaper is that there have been ‘no concrete talks‘, suggesting that this one hasn’t even got off the ground! The situations surrounding who actually represents the German is also a mystery, with his mother negotiating his move to Manchester back in 2016. Agent Jürgen Milewski was brought in to help, and now Sane’s father Souleyman works with him.
Leroy’s girlfriend, Candice Brook and his mother don’t seem to have the best of relationships, according to the newspaper. In fact, his mother seems to be pushing the winger towards a move back to Germany, while his girlfriend isn’t so keen on giving up on a life in England.
Finances for teenage sensation revealed
Following on from yesterday’s updates that suggested Manchester City had completed the signing of Millwall teenager Samuel Edozie, Stuart Brennan of the Manchester Evening News provided an insight into the finances of the deal. It is suggested that City have paid an initial £600,000, potentially rising into seven-figures depending on the progress of the 16-year-old.
Edozie is set to officially join Manchester City on July 1st, and is set to start life for the blues in the U18s.
Atletico Madrid have confirmed signing Marcos Lllorente from Real Madrid, suggesting that their search for a replacement for Rodrigo Hernandez is now over. Rodri’s destination this summer is yet to be fully confirmed, with both Manchester City and Bayern Munich showing a strong interest in the player. Many reports suggest City are frontrunners, however from the experiences of previous summer transfer windows, it may be best not to get your hopes up.
Lastly, news of a possible destination for Fabian Delph emerged today, with Galatasaray said to be interested according to Turkish media outlet Fotomac. The Turkish champions could make a move for the England international, should their pursuit of Sevilla midfielder Ever Banega fail. This transfer may mean City would have to pursue a ‘homegrown player’ to fill the void left by Delph.
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