On a day dominated by the news of a Gabriel Jesus number change, transfer news of the ‘exciting’ kind was hard to come by. In fact, what we did come across was far-fetched and to quite frankly ridiculous given the strategy outlined by Manchester City in recent years when it comes to transfer windows. Nevertheless, here is your daily transfer round-up…
ONE IN, ONE OUT
Although it is news we were more than aware of, it was certainly pleasing to provide further confirmation of the imminent arrival of Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri. The Mail stated that Etihad bosses had beaten Bayern Munich to the signing of the Spaniard, after agreeing to activate the buy-out clause in his contract. The defensive midfielder is set to complete his move to Manchester as soon as he returns from his holiday – although no specific dates were provided.
The Mail included in their report that the arrival of Rodri will give Fabian Delph the green light to depart the club. Manchester City will start to listen to offers for the England international, with Turkish champions Galatasaray said to be interested in his services, according to Martin Blackburn of the Sun.
“Manchester City met his £63 million release clause but have waited for the player to commit to the club. They now have the green light, and all that remains is for the paperwork to be formalised before an announcement.”
THE €120MILLION MAN
So when we said at the start of today’s round-up that there were going to be some ridiculous claims in here, this is it; and the subtitle says it all.
Italian outlet Tuttosport claim that the €120m asking price from Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis ‘isn’t putting Manchester City off‘ making a move for Kalidou Koulibaly. However, Turin-based Juventus may have the advantage over City in this one, with the arrival of former Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri. This apparent failure to be put off by the excessive asking price for the defender by Manchester City is concerning the Old Lady.
This one didn’t stop there. In the same report, Tuttosport went one step further by claiming that a ‘monstrous offer‘ had been made by Manchester City and had ‘swept away‘ the advantage Juventus had over the English champions, with Maurizio Sarri being their manager and previously working with the defender. However, as stated by Sport Witness, the report does not specify whether an offer as been made yet or is expected, or if they’re talking about a transfer fee or personal terms. Convenient right?
In fact, it’s so convenient that the Mail had categorically ruled out any interest from Manchester City in the 28-year-old. Should we even be surprised, when a fee of that magnitude was never mentioned for Europe’s most sought after defender in Matthijs De Ligt?
Paolo Fernandes hasn’t had the greatest time in terms of progressing towards the Manchester City first team. A relatively subdued loan spell at NAC Breda last season has put his progression on hold once again.
However, Scottish Premier League side Kilmarnock are rumoured to be interested in the 20-year-old, albeit in a loan deal, according to the Scottish Sun. The Scottish league has proved very successful for Manchester City youngsters in the past, most notably with the rise seen by Patrick Roberts during his time at Celtic a few seasons back. Could this be the break Paolo Fernandes has been looking for?
Well this one has taken many by surprise, however could be the first officially announced transfer of the summer transfer window.
Eibar veteran Asier Riesgo is reportedly only hours away from an official announcement with an agreement between both clubs and the player being reached. Mundo Deportivo claim the 35-year-old is interested in starting his career as a goalkeeping coach at Manchester City following his retirement, which could be at the end of the 2019/20 season. However, the goalkeeper is remaining silent on the matter and refusing to comment on what is described as ‘the most important step of his career‘.
DEATH, TAXES, ISCO TO MANCHESTER CITY
Yes, you read that right, Isco to Manchester City IS BACK. In what seems like the seventh consecutive year this story has circled the European press, Calciomercato report that Real Madrid are prepared to sell the Spanish midfielder in an attempt to fund a move for Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.
In a very brief report by the Italian agency, two clubs were named as being ‘in the running‘ for the 27-year-old if this situation was to arise; the two clubs being Manchester City and Juventus. So what they’re saying is, nothing is actually going on, and there is absolutely to weight to the suggestions Isco may want to leave. In fact, it is a situation they have drawn up to create an article on a very slow news day. We move on.
ABC joined this year’s ‘Isco to Manchester City’ train late on Saturday evening with a story suggesting that it would take a fee of €85 million to bring the Spaniard to the Etihad Stadium. We know this story has been around for years now, however for Pep Guardiola, he has been wanting to bring the midfielder to Manchester since his arrival in 2016. However, Juventus and Tottenham are said to be equally as interested as City in Isco’s signature.
IT WORKS BOTH WAYS
In recent times, we’ve seen plenty of scenarios where Barcelona academy players have been linked with a move to England, and in particular the academy of Manchester City. But now, we could be seeing the reverse of this, with a teenage prospect being linked with a move to La Masia.
According to the Mail, Barcelona are showing an interest in Manchester City teenage prospect Kian Breckin. The 15-year-old attacking midfielder has caught the eye of scouts representing the Catalan side following a string of impressive performances at tournaments and for City’s youth teams. Manchester City are understood to have offered terms to the young prospect, however he is yet to make a decision.
FOLLOWING ADVICE OF THE CAPTAIN
Saturday afternoon did bring the confirmed departure of Cameron Humphreys. The 20-year-old was released by the club last month, however has not struggled to find a new club with Belgian side Zulte Waregem signing and unveiling the youngster.
It was reported by the Mail that the transfer of the Englishman to the Belgian side was very much instigated by the advice of former Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany.
It’s been a while since we’ve brought you some welcome news on the future of Ilkay Gundogan, however Saturday evening saw an exclusive from the Sun.
The German midfielder has reportedly ordered his representatives to re-open contract negotiations with the club and wants his team to secure a new four-year contract as well as an increase to his current wage. An unnamed club source in the report stated:
“Ilkay wants to stay and wants a new contract. He has kept us waiting a while on it. We are becoming increasingly optimistic he will stay as he enters the final peak years of his career. Pep loves him and he is important all round…”
Included in the exclusive by the tabloid were named clubs who were said to have shown an interest in signing the midfielder amongst the uncertainty surrounding his future; Borussia Dortmund, Inter Milan and Barcelona.
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