What a great week it has been!
After filling two necessary positions, City look like they might have a bit of a quiet window from here on. A couple faces are still looking to leave, which will control any potential incomings the rest of the way. Here’s your daily transfer round-up...
Pep’s New Swiss Army Knife?
Pep Guardiola makes it no secret that one of the main qualities he likes in his players is the ability to play multiple positions. Much of his current squad is able to transition between a variety of positions. Bernardo Silva and Oleksandr Zinchenko are the biggest examples of that. Borrusia Dortmund left back Raphaël Guerriero has very similar qualities to David Alaba of Bayern Munich, someone who Pep grew very fond of during his time in Germany due to his abilities to play almost anywhere. And according to Le Parisien via Sport Witness this has been duly noted. Pep “appreciates the qualities” of the Portuguese international, and are interested in signing the Dortmund player along with PSG, but to play in midfield rather than left back. A fee of around €20-€25 million would be required, for a player Pep sees as part of the post David Silva era for Manchester City. The 25-year-old has played left back, left midfield, and central midfield during his time in Germany.
Fernandinho the Centerback?
Harry Maguire has been the subject of much debate in recent months. No one can argue his ability, however the price Leicester City are looking for raises quite a few eyebrows. Stuart Brennan of the Manchester Evening News reports today that City will not be breaking their budget to sign a new centre-back this summer. With Leicester looking for a world record fee of over £75 million for the Englishman, City are prepared to walk away from negotiations, leaving United all alone to work out a deal. Pep Guardiola is thought to be content with the squad as it is currently, with Fernandinho being looked at as being able to fill the hole at centre-back left by Vincent Kompany. With Fernandinho there, City will be going into the new year with four players for the position, and promising youngster Eric Garcia will be in and around the first team after making his breakthrough last year. The Blues have been linked with Nathan Aké of Bournemouth but there have been no moves to sign the Dutchman. Any more movement this window will be subject to departures. Danilo is still looking for more regular football and will leave if the opportunity arises. If this occurs, City will go back into the market for a right back, with Juventus’ Joao Cancelo at the top of their list.
Tuttosport via Sport Witness backs up Stuart’s report, stating that while Pep Guardiola is a big fan and wants Cancelo at the Etihad, a move relies on Danilo finding a new home.
Manchester City have retained their entire FA Youth Cup final squad for the upcoming season! From Stuart Brennan of MEN, this will be the first season that an entire youth squad has been kept at the club, with nine youngsters already being handed professional contracts, including Ben Knight, Rowan McDonald, and Taylor Harwood-Bellis, with six more expected to follow. Congratulations lads!
Phillipe Sandler is a target for RSC Anderlecht as they are in the market for an extra central defender, according to Kristof Terreur of HLN. Vincent Kompany was the 22-year-old’s mentor during last season at City, but it is unclear whether he would be interested in a move to Belgium.
Ecuador sensation Jose Cifuentes has been linked with a move to City or Celtic in recent days, and El Comercio has reason to believe he might have a preference between the two. The 20-year-old has this to say about his future:
“My intention is to leave. I have given everything […]. I hope to leave before the end of the year.
One of the interested teams is Manchester City. I would like to be there. I like English football. I want to take on new challenges.”
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