It’s been a long time coming, but today’s round-up brings us encouraging news on the future of Leroy Sane! But even on a Sunday, the usual names kept cropping up with more welcome news on the progress of deals for both Rodri and Joao Cancelo. The futures of young players were also provided with updates on Arijanet Muric, and a new name being linked with a move to Manchester City! Here’s your daily news round-up…
AUF WIEDERSEHN, BAYERN
Shortly after the release of yesterday’s edition of the daily news round-up, an exclusive from Mike McGrath of the Sun provided some encouraging news on the immediate future of Leroy Sane. It is worth noting that McGrath was not only one of the first to news of a contract renewal for Kyle Walker, but provided the first news of Asier Riesgo to Manchester City – a deal that looks to happen in the coming weeks.
It was revealed that Leroy has stated to close friends that he is set to snub Bayern Munich this summer. The German winger is said to have reservations about returning home, due to ongoing scrutiny towards him and his performances, possibly for the national team in recent months. The delay in contract negotiations with Manchester City are claimed to be down to his ongoing search for new representatives.
A similar story was reported by BILD on Sunday evening, with the German outlet suggesting that Leroy Sane is worried about the public’s focus being on him and his lifestyle if he was to make the return. The winger believes in England he can go under the radar and practice his lifestyle without critics.
Although Manchester City remain confident about striking a deal with the 23-year-old, there has been no breakthrough in talks with further conversations planned in the coming days.
We couldn’t go an entire 24 hours without a contrasting view on the situation, with Christian Falk of BILD claiming the winger is yet to ‘officially’ reject advances from Bayern Munich, however there are concerns from the player’s entourage. Bayern Munich are still hoping to secure his signature this summer.
REVEALED – THE BLUEPRINT
A rather remarkable insight into the long-term strategy of the Manchester City hierarchy was revealed in an exclusive article by Simon Mullock in the Mirror on Saturday night. According to the report, City want to go into the new season with two top players in each position. Txiki Begiristain is looking to bring in up to four new faces this summer, and is also working on a blueprint to keep Manchester City at the forefront of European football for years to come.
In the same report by Simon Mullock, it was revealed that certain Dutch agencies believe there is still hope in the Matthijs De Ligt saga, despite it looking almost certain that the teenage sensation will make a stunning move to Italian giants Juventus. It was stated that there is still a 30% chance of the Ajax captain making the switch to Manchester, but only if Etihad officials agree to work with ‘controversial’ agent Mino Raiola – notorious for his substantial wages and commissions.
The same report also provided updates on some of the reported major targets for Manchester City this summer. Officials at the Etihad believe that Leicester City will reduce their £90 million asking price for Harry Maguire, if the defender wants to move to the North-West. A slightly different price tag was reported for the imminent signing of Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri, with £55million quoted as the fee set to be paid by City.
The future of two defenders were also updated towards the end of the revealing report by Mullock, with Nicolas Otamendi, Fabian Delph and Danilo set to have the same future – away from the club. The club are set to be waiting to hear from the Argentine defender on whether he wishes to remain at the club, however should he leave, there are no plans to immediately replace him this window. Pep Guardiola believes Fernandinho is equipped to fill in at central defence should he be required. The latter two players are also set to depart, with officials looking to recoup around £70 million from sales this summer, including from the departures of the three mentioned names.
LOCKED IN BATTLE
According to Alan Nixon of the Sun, Manchester City and Celtic are set to be battling it out for the signature of Ecuador sensation Jose Cifuentas. The 20-year-old would be loaned out to sister club Girona, should he opt to sign for Manchester City. The midfielder would remain in Spain until his first senior cap for the Ecuadorian National Team in order to be granted a work permit in England.
German and Italian clubs are said to be interested in the youngster, however it appears to be a race between Manchester City and Celtic for the £2.5 million starlet.
GAME TIME DEMANDED
With the imminent signing of Asier Riesgo, the future of Arijanet Muric has been thrown into doubt, despite being highly rated by Pep Guardiola. Two teams from the Championship are rumoured to be interested according to Alan Nixon of the Sun.
Manchester City are demanding that the Kosovan international receives game time, if he was to make a move to either Nottingham Forest or Preston North End – the two Championship sides looking to take the youngster on loan next season.
CANCELO DEADLINE SET
Calciomercato of Italy provided yet more information on the saga surrounding Juventus full-back Joao Cancelo. Manchester City and the Italian side have now been negotiating a deal for ‘several weeks’, however should complete the transfer early in July. Due to reasons connected to Financial Fair Play, Juventus will have to sell Cancelo by the 30th June. The transfer of the Portuguese full-back is claimed to be ‘cash only‘, with Juventus not interested in the idea of Danilo moving in the opposite direction.
In fact, Danilo is unlikely to make a move to Italy at all this summer. Both Juventus and Inter Milan are not interested in the Brazilian, with Antonio Conte said to have blocked negotiations between Inter Milan and Manchester City.
La Gazzetta dello Sport claim that Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici is expected in London in the next few days to continue negotiations with Manchester City representatives, but will continue to value their full-back at €60 million.
This transfer is said to be so certain that Sportitalia claim Cancelo is ‘ready to pack’ for the Premier League. Disappointingly, the right-back is no longer ‘seriously’ packing so make of that what you will.
RECORD BREAKING MAGUIRE
James Robson of the Evening Standrard provided an update on the situation surrounding Harry Maguire and the two Manchester clubs. It is claimed that Manchester United believe they can beat City to his signature, however will have to pay an even higher premium due to City officials being prepared to make Maguire their most expensive signing in their history.
City are prepared to exceed the £60 million fee paid for Riyad Mahrez last summer, however will not go near the £80 million being demanded by the Foxes. Ultimately, Manchester United would have to pay close to £70 million for the England international’s services. Maguire’s preference is to play under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, however Etihad officials are prepared to look at alternatives if a transfer fee gets too high – that alternative will not be Kalidou Koulibaly of Napoli.
Later on Sunday afternoon, a remarkable claim from the Mirror stated that Manchester City WILL make a record-breaking £80 million move, with wages of £280,000-a-week – an offer that Maguire has told friends is ‘too good to turn down‘. Pep Guardiola feels the Englishman is the ideal replacement for former captain Vincent Kompany, while the player himself City are the perfect club to fulfil his ambition of winning major honours and playing in the Champions League.
Certainly an interesting development, although one that is slightly hard to believe given Manchester City’s reluctancy to break their wage structure to sign the most in-demand defender in the world in Matthjs De Ligt.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR – RODRI IS COMING.
The same report that made the claim surrounding Harry Maguire’s move to Manchester City has set an exact date for the arrival of Rodri from Atletico Madrid.
July 1st is said to be the date on which the defensive midfielder’s release clause becomes active this transfer window, and so will be the date the transfer to England will finally be completed.
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