After a somewhat slow news day regarding Manchester City yesterday, we’ve got a relatively wide range of rumours for you today. Further information on proposed moves for João Cancelo and Harry Maguire, details of Bayern Munich’s efforts to sign Leroy Sané, a deal nearing completion and City putting their foot down over a possible sale. Everything’s happening…again.
SAME OLD, SAME OLD
We thought we’d seen the last of rumours linking Leicester’s Harry Maguire to Manchester City following suggestions that his move to our city rivals United was all but sealed, but the Daily Star today report that the Blues are still in for the Englishman. In order to shake off any Financial Fair Play-related implications that the deal may bring, City would first have to sell Nicolas Otamendi and Eliaquim Mangala.
Over to another transfer saga that has been rumbling on for some time; João Cancelo to City. Today’s whisperings suggest that the rumours could soon be over, as Gazzetto dello Sport say that the right-back is “less sure” about leaving the capital club following negotiations between the Citizens and the Bianconeri becoming “complicated”. Corriere dello Sport further implied that City are falling behind in the race to sign the Portuguese, saying that Barcelona and Bayern Munich remain in pole position to win the 25-year-old’s signature, with City “in the background” and “ready to return to the office” to try to seal a deal.
A late update from Romeo Agresti of Goal claimed that Juventus are looking to resolve the situation surrounding Cancelo soon. In fact, the player himself would be happy to move to Manchester this summer, should the club be looking to sell.
LEROY GOING NOWHERE (FOR NOW)
Bayern Munich executives, their players, former players, manager and media connections have all made it very clear that they’re in for Manchester City winger Leroy Sané this summer, but according to Mundo Deportivo the Bavarian’s opening offer will not be good enough to prize the 23-year-old away from the Etihad.
The Bundesliga champions are believed to have offered left-back David Alaba plus cash for Sané, in order to lower expenditure in the deal. This is the same offer they made for Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele, an offer that was met with the same response as it was by City and Pep – a resounding no.
ALMADA DEAL TO BE SEALED
Manchester City are expected to finalise a move for Velez Sarsfield midfielder Thiago Almada this week. The Argentine is rumoured to cost the Blues £16million and will be sent on loan to Sporting Lisbon on the completion of the move, with City’s first choice of loan destination Girona having been relegated from La Liga. Looks like we’re about to get another new signing over the line!
Fox Sports in Argentina claim the fee offered by Manchester City is around $14 million. However, the more interesting development in the report was that the transfer is reportedly a ‘special request‘ made by none other than Pep Guardiola himself. If that doesn’t hint that the lad is something special then I don’t know what does.
BARKER TO LEAVE PERMANENTLY?
City EDS graduate Brandon Barker has been the subject of a loan offer from Preston North End, the side where he spent last season on loan. The problem is that Manchester City would prefer to agree a permanent deal for the winger, meaning that a deal may not go ahead. Would you prefer to see Barker leave the club on a temporary or permanent basis?
EWOOD PARK BOUND
Earlier this week, we reported that Tosin Adarabioyo could be on the verge of a second successive loan spell in the Championship, with newly-promoted Blackburn Rovers said to be interested in the 21-year-old.
Following a 1-1 draw with Rangers in a pre-season friendly on Sunday afternoon, Rovers manager Tony Mowbray confirmed to the Lancashire Telegraph that the club would be confirming the signing of two players on Monday, one of which is believed to be the Manchester City central defender.
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