The Hacienda Begins – The Transfer Round-Up (01/07/19)

Two confirmed departures as we enter July, but Manchester City are still yet to enter the market for themselves this window. We’ve had our new kits for the upcoming season officially revealed now – so how about some new players to wear them, eh City?


It wasn’t quite the day of mass signings that some City fans were anticipating today, as we instead saw Jack Harrison and Matt Smith leave on loan for Leeds United and QPR respectively. Winger Harrison also signed a one-year extension to his contract with City, before returning to Elland Road, where he was also on loan last season. Midfielder Matt Smith was playing for FC Twente in the Netherlands last campaign, and the promising 19-year-old has already played in three of Wales’ qualifying games for Euro 2020. Good luck to both Jack and Matt!


… but not the one you think. 19-year-old Félix Correia is set to join City from Sporting for a fee that will rise to around £3million, according to Sky Sports News. Ojogo have pictured the winger in Lisbon Airport, and Stuart Brennan of the Manchester Evening News claims that City have beaten off interest from Juventus and Barcelona in order to sign the youngster, who is travelling to Manchester to complete his medical. Although it is expected that Correia will be immediately loaned out, this looks like good business from City!


As June turns into July, Rodri’s buyout fee of £63 million becomes active, and Manchester City are expected to make that payment to La Liga soon, according to Lu Martin. In the meantime, Rodri plans to have dinner in Tast, the restaurant owned by Pep Guardiola, tomorrow night. Perhaps instead of a menu, the Spaniard’s waiter could hand him a City contract to be signed…

(Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)


With Juventus closing in on the signing of Matthijs de Ligt, current Bianconeri centre-back Leonardo Bonucci may seek to leave Turin as he did two seasons ago in search of game time, says Alfredo Pedulla. Manchester City have apparently entered the race for the 32-year-old, with Vincent Kompany having left and Nicolas Otamendi’s future at the club in the balance. Bonucci’s ball-playing style would certainly fit in at the Etihad, but will Pep really want another player over 30 in his backline?

(Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)


Possibly the first transfer that City will complete this window will be that of Angeliño from PSV. Rik Elfrink reports that the deal is almost complete, and that the Dutch club don’t foresee any adverse circumstances that could threaten the deal. Full steam ahead!



16-year-old Hussein Zamani is the latest starlet off the Ajax production line, and Manchester City are one of a host of clubs to be interested in the winger. The Daily Mail claim that the the Dutch teenager is “one of the most talented products in Europe”, and that City are on “red alert” regarding his situation.

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