China At The Third Attempt – The Transfer Round-Up (15/07/19)

Another day, another Sané and Maguire update. I personally cannot wait for this transfer window to end and the football back on our screens. Only two days till the Blues are back but until then, here’s your daily fix of transfer gossip…

Munchen above your weight…

It appears that Leroy Sané is ‘set to snub’ Bayern Munich’s ongoing advances according to the Daily Mirror.

It’s no secret that Sané is high on the shopping list of the Bundesliga champions with several stars of the club including Robert Lewandowski, Manuel Neuer, Serge Gnabry as well as Club President Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and head coach Nico Kovac all publicly stating they would welcome Sané to the Bavarian club.

The speculation has continued throughout the summer as it appeared that Sané was out of favour with City boss Pep Guardiola, however the Daily Mirror have suggested that the player would rather stay at City than head back to Germany.

Sky Sports have also reported today that Bayern are now said to have accepted defeat in their chase for Sané as they are not willing to pay the £100 million price tag this window. Bayern are now said to be turning their attention to Yannick Carrasco and Callum Hudson-Odoi instead.

In typical fashion though, Christian Falk at BILD is oozing desperation for the move to happen and has stated that neither Sané or City have ‘officially’ rejected an offer from Bayern and believes that a move could still be possible.

Maguire Is The New Rodri

The ongoing Harry Maguire transfer is surely the longest running rumour of the summer window and today has seen more drama unfold.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Leicester City have now stated that they are confident he’ll be committed to the Foxes for their upcoming campaign should a transfer not materialise to City or United.

In recent days City’s interest appears to have cooled as the £80 million asking price from Leicester City is quite a way of what we value him at.

Sky Sports News this afternoon have reported that Maguire has told Leicester officials that he wants to leave the club for either of the Manchester clubs.

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Sarri to Cancelo Portuguese full back departure…

Fresh reports from TuttoJuve have indicated that João Cancelo might still be set to stay with the Italian Champions.

Juventus are said not in a rush to offload the full back and will hold out for ‘an adequate offer which meets their valuation’ – it is said that Juventus are asking for £60 million for the Portuguese International. City have recently been joined in the race for his signature by Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

Gazzetta Dello Sport however have suggested that Juve are already in the process of lining up a replacement for Cancelo in Manchester United’s Matteo Darmian, all that would remain to conclude a deal is for City to offload Danilo.

However, in recent hours, Sky in Italy have reported that the contact between Juventus and City have cooled ‘sharply’ as Danilo is not interested in a move to Turin.

Otamendi to head back ‘home’

Yesterday we reported about Nicolas Otamendi’s potential return to La Liga with former club Valencia keen on a move for the player. Well today has seen several reports from Spain and Argentina suggesting that Otamendi is looking for a move back to his former club this summer. It is said that Otamendi is becoming frustrated at the lack of playing time at City and he cannot see that improving this season.

The player feels that now he’s secured his place in the Argentine national team he wants to conquer regular first team football and believes that Valencia can offer this.

Marca suggest that there are complications with the move as City will need to find a replacement first and also agree a fee at the right price, also they suggest that Otamendi would have to lower his current salary if he is to force a move back to the Mestalla.

Otamendi subject to a lot of interest across Europe with Arsenal and Atletico Madrid said to be keen on securing his services.

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Who doesn’t love a freebie…

Last week rumours were flying around that City were in the running for Dani Alves on a free transfer should they not land primary target, João Cancelo.

The Brazilian is available on a free transfer following his summer departure from PSG and it appears that Guardiola isn’t the only manager that thinks that Alves could flourish in the Premier League, according to Mundo Deportivo Unai Emery has signalled for Arsenal to make an offer for the player.

A stumbling block may be the players wage demands, at PSG he was on £200k per week and would demand a salary figure in a similar region.

Tottenham and Barcelona are also said to be contemplating an offer for the Brazilian full back who has shown he still has a lot to offer having won the Player of the Tournament at the Copa America earlier this month.

Delph on the verge of move to Merseyside…

According to a report from the Daily Mail they are under the understanding that Fabian Delph to Everton is a done deal and will be concluded on today, sparked by seeing that Lucas Digne started following Delph on Instagram.

The first part of his medical is already complete ahead of an initial £8.5 million switch with add ons potentially raising the fee to £10 million.

Delph has now joined up with his new team mates at their Swiss training camp according to Sky Sports News.

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Sporting return for Manu.. have today reported that Manu Garcia is likely to re-join Sporting Gijon for another season. AS have suggested that the deal will be concluded quickly, even as quickly as today.

Manu Garcia has recently signed a 2 year extension deal at City and they see this as a good opportunity for the player to develop for another season.

Marri to Flamengo is a done deal…

Pablo Mari has finally joined Brazilian outfit Flamengo from City.

Mari joined City from Gimnastic back in 2016 but never managed to break in to the City first team.

Marri had loan spells during his stint at the club with Deportivo La Coruna, NAC Breda and Girona but didn’t do enough to get a breakthrough, Marri has however given City a glowing reference by telling the Mail Online:

“It’s been a real honour to be on Manchester City’s books for these last years and to have had such diverse experiences in three different clubs,”  

“It was a surprise at first when Flamengo contacted my agent, but once we were clear on the club’s vision and my place within this incredible project, I had no doubts that this was the right move.

“To play your home games in the Maracana is a dream come true to anyone who loves football, and I can’t wait to get going.”

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