Guardiola has next ‘Xabi Alonso’ as his number 1 option…
According to the Sunday Times Journalist Jonathan Northcroft, it appears that Rodri is the number 1 target for Pep and is the deal he’s highlighted to the board that needs to be done before any others.
He believes that Rodri will be pivotal in City’s success for the upcoming campaign, going on to say that he’s not surprised at this signing as it makes perfect sense for City, also suggesting that Rodri’s style of play is similar to that of former Liverpool and Spain International Xabi Alonso.
The Daily Star however has reported today that even though City have reportedly triggered the buy-out-clause, the transfer is far from done. The complications have incurred since Bayern Munich have suggested that they are also willing to release the trigger therefore leaving City and Bayern to battle it for his signature.
A decisive week ahead for Portuguese International…
It appears that this week is going to be huge for Portuguese full back Joao Cancelo according to Juventus’ very own correspondent Romeo Agresti.
On Instagram (stories) he was asked the simple question of – Is Cancelo leaving?
Agresti responded with a very honest answer by stating ‘I think so. Juve and Man City are working to find a definitive agreement. This week could be decisive for his future’
Sané to snub Bayern’s ongoing advances…
The Sun has reported today that Leroy Sané is expected to snub Bayern’s ongoing pursuit, going on to mention that Sane has even told friends that he is going to be staying with City.
Sané is said to prefer the option of playing in England rather than a switch back to Germany and the magnified scrutiny from the German press that would come with a move.
The Sun also go on to state that Sané is also on the lookout for a new agent which could have a knock on effect with any contract extension negotiations with the player.
A new name enters the fray at centre half for City…
As much as Pep has suggested that Rodri is the prime target it’s also evident that centre back is a position that is going to be getting as much attention – According to Bild, City have enquired about the 22 year old Swiss International Nico Elvedi from Borussia Monchengladbach.
City are said to be impressed by the centre back’s passing ability to which consists of a 95% pass success rate in last season’s Bundesliga. According to Bild, City are said to be looking at a fee in the region of £30m.
One new name confirmed but it appears that Koulibaly is a firm ‘NO’ …
Early morning reports were suggesting that City, United and Liverpool were all in the race for Koulibaly after the defender sent a cryptic tweet ‘’If I stay at Napoli? I don’t know…’’ however reports were quickly quashed.
Manchester Evening News reported this morning that City have already pulled out of the race for Napoli’s Koulibaly claiming that he was never even on the shortlist of centre half targets touted to replace Vincent Kompany.
Harry Maguire still seems to be the prime target to replace Kompany as the most natural successor, however it remains to be seen as to whether City will fork out the £80m price tag quoted by Leicester City for his services. Leicester Mercury however, reported today that Leicester City would prefer to keep Maguire but admit that if the right price is put on the table it’ll be hard to refuse.
Another reason as to why Koulibaly isn’t in the frame is also down to the way that Napoli mismanaged the transfer of Jorginho to Chelsea last summer, having agreed a fee with City only to change their mind at the eleventh hour – hardly reassuring City to do business with them anytime soon.
Is Arteta in for a Premier League switch?
With Rafa Benitez calling time on his stay at Newcastle United, the early names thrown in to the hat include Pep’s right hand man Mikel Arteta.
Oddschecker have Mikel Arteta as the odds on joint favourite in the early market at 8/1 alongside Jose Mourinho and Garry Monk. The good news for City fans and Pep though is that earlier this month when Arteta was heavily linked to the Middlesborough role he said the following…
“I feel grateful for where I am now and for the training that I am receiving. I could not ask to work with a better group of lads.
“I have shared many of the same ideas with Guardiola for many years now and I am in no rush to become a head coach just yet.”
Since the early rumours started, BBC’s David Ornstein has stated that Newcastle United have made no early contact with Mikel Arteta over the vacant position.
City to lose out on wonderkid to Los Rojiblancos…
According to Sunday Times and Daily Record journalist Duncan Castles it appears that City, Liverpool and Manchester United are all set to miss out on the Portuguese wonderkid Joao Felix.
Castles goes on to say that ‘Felix has been in Madrid at Athletic (Madrid) to have conversations with the manager and club to sort out his deal there’ continuing to state that ‘I am told that all is in place, player to club. In fact I am told that he has already done the announcement videos for his transfer’
Peruvian reveals that City is his preferred destination…
The Man City blue print is simple, keep fuelling our academy with some of the top prospects from all over the globe and this is a rumour that makes perfect sense.
According to Peruvian Journalist Nicolas Villafana, City are edging closer to securing the services of one of the brightest prospects in Peruvian football, right back Kluiverth Aguilar from Alianza Lima for a fee in the region of £1.8m
The 16 year old appears to have caught the attention of some of Europe’s elite clubs including Portuguese champions Benfica but it appears that City is his preferred choice.
This is a story that appears to be progressing rapidly with Aguilar stating ‘I am calm and the subject is being seen by my father and representative. For the moment I’m fine an I take it easy, I only heard the news a couple of days ago, I still have nothing confirmed’ further adding ‘I’d like to go to Manchester City, I would be proud to go there because it would represent a whole country, I am sure they followed me in the South American U17, where I could show more, and maybe they liked my way of playing. It would be a total change for both my family and me. I train and play every moment in order to improve as a footballer’
Muric in demand…
City’s keeper Aro Muric appears to be on his way out on loan for the 2019/20 season. Muric was pivotal to our Carabao Cup success and City feel that a season on loan with regular first team football will only help him compete for the number one jersey in years to come. However with Claudio Bravo back from injury and the link to Asier Riesgo almost certain to be completed sooner rather the later it appears unlikely that Muric would appear too much in the first team plans.
According to The Sun it appears that Muric is linked to Nottingham Forest and Preston North End both of whom are keen to secure his services. It’s crucial that Muric is guaranteed first team opportunities with reports stating that ‘heavy penalties’ would be imposed if this agreement is broken.
It appears that another goalkeeper is going to be heading out of the exit door on a loan deal for the upcoming season according to German media outlet, Kicker.
Recent signing Zack Steffen from Columbus Crew may have only just joined us however it appears that he’s going to be spending the 2019/20 season at Bundesliga outfit Fortuna Dusseldorf.
A brief encounter…
Recent rumours involving French starlet Lucien Agoume appear to be nothing more than a brief encounter. Inter Milan were poised to conclude the deal for Agoume before City’s brief interest in the player.
According to FCInterNews, the French club prefer the offer on the table from the Italian club as this nears €7m inclusive of bonuses as oppose to City’s €6m outright offer.
Goodbye Cameron and Good Luck…
Cameron Humphreys has took to Instagram to thank the club for the ‘valuable’ time he has had at City. Going on to thank the staff, team mates and fans for all of the support.
The Daily Mail are suggesting that the next move for Humphreys is to Belgian outfit Zulte Waregem.
Good luck in your next venture Cameron, wishing you great success in your next chapter.