On a day when Manchester City’s players and staff were left high and dry, or should we say Shang-hai and dry, transfer stories came thick and fast. The most significant positive development in the Leroy Sané was brought to us, as well as more details surrounding the imminent departure of Fabian Delph to Everton. Saturday also saw updates on the future of Manu Garcia as well as further stories in the apparent partnership between Sporting Lisbon and Manchester City. All this and more in today’s transfer round-up.
Are you ready? Here we go with the biggest development in the Leroy Sané transfer saga, and it’s come from one of the more reputable sources when it comes to all things Manchester City. Simon Mullock of the Mirror released an exclusive on Saturday evening suggesting that the club believe Sane will snub Bayern Munich if they make an official bid, and has indicated he has no desire to join Bayern.
City are ready to increase his wages towards £150,000-a-week including bonuses. However, Pep Guardiola will not stand in the way of Leroy Sané if he wants to leave – and Bayern Munich meet the £100m asking price. Although the latter of this story may worry you, it is worth considering the reluctance shown by Bayern Munich to not only exceed the £90 million mark but also to make an official bid. It’s all looking rather positive in this one… at the moment at least.
THE BASICS OF THE DELPH DEAL
Following the news that Everton were close to a permanent deal for Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph last night, further developments on the transfer were brought to us later that evening and early this morning. Jack Gaughan of the Daily Mail stated that the transfer fee was to be in the region of £10 million and that the England international was not to travel with the Manchester City squad on their tour of the Far East – a detail that was confirmed upon the club’s official tour squad announcement.
Paul Joyce of the Times confirmed the breakdown of that £10 million sum on Saturday morning by stating the transfer involves an initial fee of £8.5 million however, it will rise by a further £1.5 million. Details of that rise in price were not given, however it may depend on performance-related bonuses or the successes of Marco Silva’s side next season.
JUST HOLD ON, HE’S GOING HOME
It’s fair to say, after the rejection by Dani Alves a few windows back, that the news of fresh interest by Manchester City wouldn’t be welcomed by all blues. However, as relayed by Tutto Juve, a move to the Etihad Stadium may not be on the cards after all. According to the independent Juventus news aggregator, Dani Alves could be moving to ‘the club he considers home’ in Barcelona. Although the Catalan side would be his preferred destination, there has been interest by both Manchester City and Inter Milan.
Spanish newspaper Sport confirmed that Dani Alves is a target for Pep Guardiola’s side this summer. However, as translated by Sport Witness, an ‘administrative problem‘ is preventing City from signing the Brazilian. Both the Premier League and the Champions League prevents clubs from naming more than 17 foreign players in the squad and City have reached that.
We will make it clear though that the Brazilian full-back is yet to make his final decision, so I wouldn’t rule out a move to the Etihad just yet; no matter how much you wouldn’t want to see that one happen.
IT’S DRAGGING ON
Joao Cancelo. Yes, here we go again. According to La Repubblica in Turin, the future of the Portuguese full-back ‘remains uncertain‘. It is claimed that earlier on in the transfer market, it seemed likely that Cancelo was on his way to Manchester City. Negotations between both parties are ongoing. However, it seems as though the fee being demanded by Juventus (in excess of €50m) is not only causing difficulties with City, but also any other club that have shown an interest.
SCRAP FOR MANGALA
The future of out-of-favour defender Eliaquim Mangala was more or less confirmed to be away from the Etihad Stadium on Saturday following confirmation that he would not be travelling with the rest of the squad to China for pre-season.
According to Sporx, Turkish sides Besiktas and Fenerbahçe want to add Eliaquim Mangala to their squads this summer. Mangala has been left out of Pep Guardiola’s pre-season tour squad and will continue to work alone at the CFA.
This one certainly came out of nowhere and we’ve taken this one with a pinch of salt. Italian outlet Parma Today claim that Manchester City made a €7 million plus resale percentage offer for Atalanta midfielder Dejan Kulusevski (19). The bid was rejected by club president Antonio Percassi. And that was that, no further details, just a straight rejection.
Not only has Manu Garcia been left out of the pre-season tour squad, but his future also seems to be set in stone. According to La Voz de Asturias, the 21-year-old is moving ever closer towards a move to Sporting Gijón. The transfer is claimed to be that of a loan deal, as stated by La Nueva España.
The future of young Mexican winger Uriel Antuna is still far from being resolved it seems. According to Record in Mexico, LA Galaxy approached Manchester City with the intention of purchasing the 21-year-old following the conclusion of his previous loan deal which did not include an option to buy. However, City reportedly have no intention of selling, and instead are more willing to loan him out once again.
Further stories on the transfer of Thiago Almada to Sporting Lisbon via Manchester City came to fruition throughout Saturday. According to Portuguese outlet A Bola, Almada has a release clause of €16m, and Manchester City have already had an offer of €12m rejected by the Argentine club. Vélez Sarsfield failed to reach an agreement with the player to renew his contract and increase his release clause to €25m. Thiago Almada was on a shortlist of players discussed in a meeting last week between City and Sporting’s Frederico Varandas. Vélez Sarsfield are set to receive another offer. €12m will be the starting point with €6m invested by Sporting.
Record in Portugal claim that Almada himself is ‘excited’ by the rumours linking him with a transfer to Sporting via Manchester City, to the point where he has spoken with people to find out what it is like to play for the Portuguese side. City are in fact willing to spend €20m for the teenager, and would loan him to Portugal for one season. The details of how Manchester City and Sporting Lisbon will share the player are still being discussed. The winger himself has already accepted to play for the Lisbon club first.
As touched on by a few City fans, the situation regarding former Vélez player and now Manchester City EDS starlet Benjamin Garré, may have an impact on this deal. There is a bad relationship between Vélez Sarsfield and Manchester City due to the transfer of Benjamin Garre in 2016 without consent. As a result of this bad relationship, Vélez are set to play hard in negotiations for Thiago Almada.
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