Today marked the return of rumours linking Manchester City to two players we never thought we’d see linked with the club again; Bruno Fernandes and Dani Alves. Aside from those blasts from the past, we’ve seen reported interest from the Blues in two young prospects, setbacks in proposed deals for João Cancelo and Harry Maguire, and Fabian Delph being told that if he wants to leave, he has to ask nicely first. Enjoy!
FILE UNDER “UNLIKELY”
CM Jornal brought us back a rumour we had thought long dead today, in the form of Sporting’s Bruno Fernandes to City. The Portuguese outlet claim that Frederico Varandes discusses the possibility of a transfer for the attacking midfielder in a meeting with Manchester City representatives today, and that he plans to talk to Fernandes in Switzerland soon. Manchester United are still thought to be leading the race for the 24-year-old, who is said to be “expecting” a move to the Premier League.
Meanwhile, Brazilian website Globo Esporte are reporting that PSG right-back Dani Alves has been offered contracts by two European clubs, of which City are thought to be one. The 36-year-old was apparently approached before his and Brazil’s victorious Copa America campaign, although it isn’t known whether City were involved. The former Barcelona man was heavily linked with a move to City prior to his switch from Juventus to PSG two years ago, but Alves snubbed the chance to reunite with Pep Guardiola in favour of the French side. Do you think either of these transfers have any hope of going through?
YOUNG STARS SNUB CITY
Another set of deals that City probably won’t happen is that of São Paulo’s Antony and Trabzonspor’s Abdülkadir Ömür. Ricardo Perrone reported that Antony, a 19-year-old forward, had been the subject of a €20 million bid from City, who planned to loan the starlet to Sporting Lisbon. São Paulo rejected the bid, and the player himself felt that he should stay and let his hard work provide him with an even brighter future.
As for Ömür, A Bola state that the 20-year-old Turk is also expected to be loaned to Sporting upon being signed by City, this time with a €30 million price tag attached to the youngster. However, Stuart Brennan of the Manchester Evening News has since claimed that no such deal will take place. After all of the Bruno Fernandes and João Félix rumours, we feel more inclined to believe British sources than Portuguese one’s right now…
CANCELO DELAYED, MAGUIRE DISMAYED
The two main transfer sagas of the summer that have yet to be resolved for City – João Cancelo and Harry Maguire – look set to be delayed even further (in the case of Cancelo) and cancelled altogether (in the case of Maguire). Goal’s Romeo Agresti reports that Juventus’ priority in the market lies with the finalisation of a deal for Matthijs de Ligt, and only once he has been signed will they turn their attentions to the sale of the right-back.
Meanwhile, the Sun say that Harry Maguire has lost hope that a move to his preferred destination of Manchester City will come to fruition, as the Sky Blues refused to bid above £60 million for the Englishman’s services.
DELPH JUST HAS TO SAY THE WORD
Manchester City’s Fabian Delph has been told that he will have to submit a transfer request in order to get a move to Everton, report the Metro. The club don’t feel the need to sell the versatile 29-year-old, and value him at £16 million. Delph himself would not be adverse to staying, although feels he has a better chance of retaining a spot in the England squad should he move elsewhere. Do you think City should hold out for the sale, or keep hold of the Yorkshire Xavi for one more year?
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