It’s been a welcome change not having the constant circle of Rodrigo Hernandez transfer rumours, however that didn’t bring an end to a few of the ever-presents from the rumour mill this summer. Monday brought us further developments on Leroy Sane, Joao Cancelo and updates on the more imminent departures of Philippe Sandler and Arijanet Muric. Here is your daily transfer round-up to start off your working week…
THE CAPTAIN’S ORDER
He may have left the club and embarked on his latest challenge at RSC Anderlecht, however Vincent Kompany is still very much having an impact on Manchester City, with the potential development of a promising central defender. Philippe Sandler made the odd appearance last season in Manchester City’s cup campaigns, however more frequent game time could seriously improve his chances of fulfilling his potential.
Monday morning brought an update on the situation with Kristof Terreur of Het Laatste Nieuws suggesting that Anderlecht are looking to finalise a deal ‘as soon as possible’. The 22-year-old is reported to have attended Anderlecht’s opening friendly against AFC Ajax on Saturday.
The situation was expanded further by Het Nieuwsblad, who stated the impact of former Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany. The new Anderlecht player-manager has a desire to play with ‘a lot of offensive players’ and for that he will require a ‘physically strong player in the holding midfield position’. Philippe Sandler is believed to be the player to give Kompany that option.
The 2019/20 season was always bound to bring the departures of some of our young talents, however not many people would have suggested that last season’s second choice goalkeeper would be sent out for further development this season, especially given his reliability in cup competition. Nevertheless, it is becoming more and more certain that Arijanet Muric will make the move to the Championship this season, with Nottingham Forest the most likely destination.
Kosovo news outlet Periskopi claim that the 20-year-old ‘is close’ to making the move to the City Ground. Despite receiving interest from several European clubs, the Kosovo international has opted to remain in England next season.
The final update of the day on the Muric situation came from those closest to his potential destination, Nottingsham Live. They claim that a deal for the goalkeeper could be completed in ‘a day or two’ as the Kosovo international has already returned from his holiday.
JUVENTUS CANCEL CANCELO
He’s leaving, where? That’s an entirely different question. Although a few days ago it may have seemed that Juventus right-back Joao Cancelo was certain to join Manchester City, there appears to be another club very much in the race to sign him.
Corriere Torino state that Cancelo is among a list of six players expected to leave the Turin club this summer, although his destination is still unknown. Cancelo himself is expected to leave Juventus ‘in the coming weeks’. New coach Maurizio Sarri has given the transfer the all clear, however it is still unknown whether he will sign for Manchester City or Bayern Munich.
But it wouldn’t be a Joao Cancelo story without an update on his suitcase situation. Correiere Torino state that ‘his suitcase is ready’, and his transfer is one of Juventus’ priorities in the remainder of this transfer window. Someone probably should give the bloke some tips on suitcase packing; he’s taken about two weeks to sort his bags out.
PORTUGAL VIA MANCHESTER?
Bruno Fernandes? Remember that name? Well, although very little came of the transfer rumour, a partnership between Sporting Lisbon and Manchester City may have in fact been the outcome between negotiations between the two clubs. This reported partnership is already showing signs of productivity with the latest transfer rumour between the two clubs being reported by Portuguese press on Monday afternoon.
Relayed and translated by Sport Witness, O Jogo claim that Sao Paolo forward Antony could be on the way to Portugal through the assistance, in a financial sense, of Manchester City. The immediate loan of the attacker is labelled as a ‘possibility’ by the Portuguese newspaper, a possibility that is ‘on the table’. The assistance of Manchester City is described as ‘participation’ in the player’s move to Portugal, although City would include a ‘priority clause’.
The main doubts in the legitimacy of this story come when the price tag is brought into question. According to O Jogo, Antony will only leave for his €50m release clause, and it is obviously questionable whether City would be willing to spend such money for a player who is to be immediately loaned out.
TWO IN QUICK SUCCESSION?
Following the recent arrival of Millwall sensation Samuel Edozie, we may be on the verge of seeing yet another teenage starlet arriving at the CFA. This time it’s Morgan Rogers of West Brom who is being linked with a switch to the Premier League champions.
The Mail claim that talks between the two clubs are in the ‘advanced’ stage, specifically in regards to a compensation package for the 16-year-old. Manchester City are said to have recognised huge potential in the attacking midfielder amid interest from other Premier League clubs.
Rogers’ stats are quite remarkable from the previous campaign; scoring 14 goals and getting 7 assists in just 24 appearances for the young Baggies.
HE’S SPEAKING AGAIN…
Yes, you read that right. The Bayern Munich lot are at it again with their open statements on a MANCHESTER CITY PLAYER. It’s Karl-Heinz Rummenigge who’s made his feelings public on the situation, and not for the first time.
In a press conference this afternoon, the Bayern Munich chairman was asked by a journalist for an update on the Leroy Sane situation, and it’s more or less what we expected following last night’s story brought to us by Kicker. Rummenigge stated:
“The status is that he comes back from vacation this week and did not want to talk during the vacation time. Now you will have to wait in peace and quiet if something moves in this direction.”
THE FORGOTTEN MAN ON THE MOVE… AGAIN?
When Pablo Mari signed for Manchester City back in 2016, it was expected that he would be what many people regard as a ‘CFG signing’. We’re now in 2019, and after three consecutive loan deals, the 25-year-old still has no place at the Etihad Stadium. In fact, Pep Guardiola is reported to have informed the defender himself of that situation.
According to El Ideal Gallego, Mari will have to go out on loan once more. Deportivo La Coruna would be more than willing to take him back and the player himself is described as being ‘comfortable’ at the club. The Spaniard also has offers from other La Liga clubs, with Levante named as one of his options and are claimed to have ‘strongly bid’ for the defender.