No more contract renewals today, but an active day in the world of transfer rumours! We are ‘closing in’ for the billionth time on a variety of targets, but when will we see them holding up the Manchester City kit? Here’s your daily transfer roundup…
Although Rodri made it aware to Atletico that he would be leaving the Spanish club this summer, the question of his destination was still in the air. Bayern Munich have seen the midfielder as one of their top targets this summer, and have been holding discussions about making a move for him.
However, City look set to have won the race. Christian Falk has reported today that the Barvarian’s chances of signing Rodri are over, with it being difficult for the club to afford the player. The Spanish international is seen as the successor to Sergio Busquets with the national side, and since missing out on Frankie De Jong to Barcelona in January, he has been the primary target for the six role. This news comes from an interview with Get German Football News, in which Falk has this to say on the situation:
“We received information that it is hard for Bayern to afford him. It was difficult for them to be quick. That is why, if there was no interest from City, Bayern Munich would have more time and then it would have worked. But the chance is over now.”
City are now confident of finalising a deal quickly for the 22-year-old, with paying his release clause a formality. According to James Robson of The Standard, the only hold up was the uncertainty from the player himself about what he wanted to do. David McDonnell from the Mirror is reporting the same information. City will pay the release clause which will only leave the medical between now and the player’s imminent move to the Etihad.
He’s One of Our Own
It is beginning to look very likely that the beginning of July will be a very active time for Manchester City. For whatever that reason may be, it seems like most timelines for deals this summer end in July, and Angeliño is another case of this. From Rik Elfrink, the transfer of the Spanish youngster from PSV will probably take a few more days, and is possibly set to conclude in early July.
“Seriously” Packing the Bags!
It seems every day we have a new report giving the same variation of where the potential transfer of Joao Cancelo is at, and this continues today. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Cancelo has “seriously started packing his bags”, in preparation for his move to Manchester City. This is significant progress from the lackadaisical packing early this week…
The Italian champions remain insistent on receiving €60 million for the defender, and will not entertain the idea of Danilo being included in the deal. Another meeting is planned for next week to try and find an agreement.
Nico Schira has been a constant voice in this discussion for some time now. He says that Manchester City already have a deal in place with Cancelo until 2024, and the offer to Juventus currently stands at €50 million. Bonuses to cover the difference could be used to complete the transfer. Calciomercato backs this up, saying the deal is “almost there”, with an agreement in place with the player, but no offer above €50 million yet. Guardiola’s side are so keen to get the deal done, and it should all be sorted out by the end of next week, unless there are further delay’s regarding Danilo’s future.
Pep Eyes Nico Number Two
A centre-back has been a serious area of interest for City since Kompany’s departure at the end of last season. The club have refused to pay the fees given to them for their main targets, so it seems Pep Guardiola has begun to look elsewhere.
According to BILD, Manchester City have “put out feelers via Pep for the centre-back” Nico Elvedi of Borussia Monchengladbach. The 21-year-old only has two years left on his deal, meaning the club might be looking to cash in for the right price. BILD states a €35 million offer is in the works via English reports, but no such report has been made.
From Calciomercato, City are “thinking” about Sochaux midfielder Lucien Agoume. However, the club is behind Inter Milan in the race for the 17-year-old, and according to Tuttosport, Inter are not worried about the competition.
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