It’s been a quiet start to the transfer window as far as Manchester City are concerned, with a couple of loanees potentially on the move, youngsters linked with move to the Etihad, and a recurring centre-back rumour taking centre stage on the second day of the new decade – more importantly the second day of the window.
Roberts On The Move Again
The first of our loanees to be mentioned is Patrick Roberts, who has cancelled his spell with Norwich City and joined Championship strugglers Middlesbrough for the remainder of the campaign. The English winger made just three Premier League appearances for the relegation-battling Canaries, and will hope that he can find significantly more first-team opportunities at the Riverside Stadium.
Good luck, Patrick!
A Return For Aro?
Our second loanee rumoured to be on the move is Arijanet Muric. The goalkeeper is currently on-loan at high-flying Nottingham Forest, who have found success without playing the Kosovo international – making just four error-ridden starts in the Championship this season. Muric has seen himself relegated to the bench and Forest are considering sending him back to the Etihad Stadium.
As reported by NottsLive, Forest manager Sabri Lamouchi discussed the possibility of a return to Manchester for his second-choice goalkeeper. Lamouchi stated: “Probably yes, we need to decide with the club”.
City In Five-Horse Race For Aké
Onto some non-loan related news, and Manchester City are rumoured to be one of five Premier League clubs battling for the signing of Bournemouth centre-back Nathan Aké, according to the Telegraph’s Matt Law.
Arsenal, Everton and Tottenham are all in the mix for the Dutch defender, although Chelsea seem to hold the upper hand, with the London club having the exclusive ability to re-sign their former player for just £40 million, meaning City as well as other potential suitors would have to enter into a bidding war to earn Aké’s signature.
This one has the potential to trundle on all throughout the whole window…
Barcelona ‘Aware’ Of City Challenge
Another long-term reported Manchester City target is Dinamo Zagreb attacking midfielder Dani Olmo, who is claimed by Spanish newspaper AS to have been lined up by La Liga champions Barcelona. The Catalan giants are reportedly ‘aware‘ of Manchester City’s challenge, but it is yet to be seen whether or not this will trigger a race for the Dinamo Zagreb man’s signature.
Other reports on Thursday had linked Premier League rivals Chelsea and Tottenham with significant interest in the playmaker, so the latter above may come to fruition after all.
League Two Defender In Demand
From the lofty heights of competing with Barcelona, to haggling with League Two sides, Manchester City are reportedly joining multiple Premier League sides in monitoring Carlisle United centre-back Jarrad Branthwaite.
According to Mail Sport, Everton have had a £500,000 bid turned down for the 17-year-old, as Carlisle know they can demand more with a significant chasing pack consisting of Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Watford.
Fernandinho Set For New Contract
Perhaps the biggest news of the day came late on, with Martin Blackburn of the Sun suggesting that Fernandinho is set to be offered a new one-year contract by the club, as a reward for his impressive performances this season.
It had been initially rumoured that the Brazilian defender would be leaving the Etihad upon the expiry of his contract at the end of the season, after team mate Riyad Mahrez had suggested in a Q&A with Sky Sports that 2019/20 would be his final campaign in blue.
However, that no longer seems to be the case, with Fernandinho claimed to be ‘keen‘ to listen to what Manchester City can offer before he has the right to listen to other clubs.
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