Following Wednesday’s remarkably quiet day in the world of Manchester City transfer gossip, Thursday brought plenty of new and exciting updates to talk about, including potential departures at full-back and on the wing, possible incomings in defence and midfield, as well as a confirmed signing to top it all off!
It’s been a crazy one, so let’s jump straight into today’s round-up of all-things transfer-related in the world of Manchester City…
The day’s first batch of news all came from one source in the form of the Telegraph’s James Ducker. He opened with the news that Manchester City are preparing for a huge outlay on players in the summer of 2020, with as many as SIX potential arrivals, depending on who leaves the club.
The main positions being targeted are centre-back and left-back, although as part of the ‘rebuilding process‘ planned, there may also be new signings in midfield as well as the wide forward departments.
Ducker followed this up with a pair of players believed to be on Manchester City’s wish list, should they choose to enter the market for a central defender. Villarreal’s Pau Torres and Benfica’s Ruben Dias (both of whom are 22-years-old) are the defenders in question. Apparently, the Blues could be in for more than one centre-half, should veteran Nicolas Otamendi, now 32, choose to leave the club.
Interestingly, the new signings would instantly climb above youngster Eric García in the central defensive pecking order, as some quarters at Manchester City believe the youngster’s passing ability and lack of height, speed and aggression, means he suits Spanish football more than the English game.
Moving into the midfield, and James Ducker reports that, in keeping with the wishes of many Manchester City fans, Pep Guardiola plans to give Phil Foden a ‘more prominent role‘ in the first-team. However, it is also believed that Manchester City consider the midfield as an area to be strengthened, with David Silva’s time at the club nearing an end. Officials have highlighted Saul Niguez of Atletico Madrid as a potential heir to his fellow Spaniard’s throne.
We’ve covered the defence and the midfield, so where else to go now but the forwards; where James Ducker believes that Manchester City are looking at alternative options to Gabriel Jesus. The Brazilian’s future at the club is described as ‘fluid‘. This is clarified with the admission that the Brazilian could ‘easily remain‘ at the club for the 2020/21 campaign, with Sergio Agüero’s current deal set to expire next year.
To round off the summary provided by James Ducker at the Telegraph; Leroy Sané to Bayern Munich. It is understood that, should the German return to his homeland, a possible replacement could be Real Sociedad’s Mikel Oyarzabal – a winger of some repute in Spain.
It certainly sounds like we’re in for a hectic year in the transfer department at the Etihad Stadium…
A loan is a no-go
Moving onto some non-Ducker transfer news now, this time from the ever reputable BILD in Germany.
They report that new Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick is looking to strengthen the Bundesliga champions in the right-back position, and one target the Bavarians have lined-up is reported want-away City man João Cancelo.
The big stumbling block in the deal, however, is that Bayern Munich are only looking to do a loan deal, whereas Manchester City are unwilling to see the Portuguese leave on anything other than a permanent transfer. Bayern reportedly also have a second option – it looks like they may have to settle for second this time.
Winger moving on?
A spot of loan watch now, as Phil Hay of the Athletic reports that Jack Harrison, currently at Leeds United until the end of the season, could make his stay at Elland Road permanent. The Championship leaders would have to pay Harrison’s £8 million buy-out fee to retain the 23-year-old, who has turned heads with his performances for Marcelo Bielsa’s table-toppers.
This is the last you’ll hear of Leroy Sané in today’s roundup. We promise.
Ronan Murphy of Goal has quoted Bayern Munich’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidizic as saying on a potential move for the Manchester City wide-man in January: “No, it is not an option in winter”. This stance is echoed in the report by the Athletic’s Sam Lee, who says that although it is the general feeling amongst City players that Sané will eventually join Bayern, it is expected that the German will remain in England until the end of the season.
A player linked with a move to Manchester City now, as opposed to one of our own being linked with a transfer away, as Sabah Gazetesi in Turkey claims that Pep Guardiola is ‘crazy‘ about the prospect of signing Turkish centre-back Merih Demiral from Juventus.
Manchester City are reportedly ‘very eager‘ to snap up the 21-year-old, and are willing to pay €45 million secure the services of the defender from the Serie A giants.
City HAVE made a signing
Your eyes do not deceive you – Manchester City have made a signing!
16-year-old Liam Smith has joined the Premier League champions from Scottish outfit Kilmarnock. The winger has joined on a four-year deal, the first year of which being a scholarship and the subsequent three as a professional.
‘Killie‘ expect to receive £200,000 up front as compensation, with possible future fees added on, depending on the progression of the highly-rated youngster, who has been compared to Bernardo Silva in terms of natural ability.
Not buying, only looking
Finally, what better way to round-up an article of this size than by telling you that half of the linked moves aren’t going to happen? Well, that’s according to Dean Jones of Bleacher Report, who claims that, despite being linked with many names, Manchester City are not looking to sign defensive reinforcements this January. Peachy.
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