From the seemingly endless search for an attacker to the pursuit of sales from fringe players, City Xtra are here as always to take a closer look at the last 24 hours of Manchester City transfer news.
In our 40th edition, there are new mentions of Inter’s Romelu Lukaku, the latest on the much-publicized pursuit of Harry Kane and Jack Grealish, as well as important developments in the sale of Ivan Ilic to Hellas Verona.
Let’s start …
Romelu Lukaku – Rumor Rating: 4
With Manchester City’s pursuit of Harry Kane becoming increasingly painful over time, the club may be considering alternative options for the forward.
With Sergio Aguero’s departure leaving a huge hole in the scorers’ standings, the club appear ready to spend a lot of money to get their man.
One of those potential alternatives is Inter Milan star Romelu Lukaku.
The Belgian was a key cog in Inter’s Serie A winning machine – scoring 24 goals in 36 league appearances, and with revelations this summer that the Serie A club will have to sell high-income players for Heading off the looming financial woes, the club could be open to offers for their prolific striker.
However, reports from Calciomercato, translated and relayed by Sport Witness, revealed that while Manchester City has’showed interest‘in Romelu Lukaku, only’sensational offers‘more than 100 million euros will prompt the Milan club to consider selling it. As it stands, there haven’t been any offers in this area of ââCity or any other club.
My rumor rating of “4” may be higher than expected.
However, with Manchester City’s apparent reluctance to spend Â£ 150million, or more, on Harry Kane, Lukaku could become the next best option for Pep Guardiola in his search for the club’s next goal machine.
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Harry Kane / Jack Grealish – Rumored Rating: 5
Although Manchester City have been back in the news regarding potential financial fair play issues in recent days, the club appear keen to continue their pursuit of Harry Kane and Jack Grealish.
Premier League champions’keep hope‘that they can make the two deals before the end of August, according to the Sun’s Martin Blackburn.
Most reports suggest it could cost the Premier League champions up to Â£ 225million to secure the services of the two England stars. Revelations have come and gone, most of which seem to contradict each other.
Jack Grealish is apparently just as close to signing a new deal with Aston Villa as he is to signing with the Etihad club. Harry Kane thinks he has a ‘gentleman’s agreement‘with Tottenham to let him go this summer, but the club have publicly reiterated the fact that he will not be sold.
However, regarding the captain of Aston Villa, the word of Athletic’s Sam Lee is a deal for Jack Grealish now at ‘an advanced stage‘.
It will make Manchester City fans happy to know that the new allegations against the club for violating the FFP protocol will not prevent the Etihad hierarchy from pursuing their goals.
Ivan Ilic – Rumor Rating: 9
The young Serbian is one of many Manchester City ‘marginal players‘which will be sold this summer to raise funds for the club’s major targets.
For now, Manchester City have already raised around Â£ 50million from player sales alone, with a further Â£ 50million expected to arrive before the transfer window ends.
Ivan Ilic impressed his loan club Hellas Verona throughout his temporary stint at the club last season – so much so that the Serie A club are now ready to pull the trigger on a permanent deal.
According to TuttoMercato, the midfielder’s agent is in Italy this week to discuss his client’s transfer. Manchester City will bear costs of Â£ 10million but the required fees are expected to be met.
A transfer rumor of ‘9’ will be the highest of the day as this deal looks almost over. With Manchester City keen to sell players of the Ilic mold, the club are unlikely to haggle any negotiations.
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Yangel Herrera – Rumor Rating: 8
Herrera has garnered a lot of interest in recent years and is the main player to sell for Manchester City to raise funds for their big targets like Jack Grealish and Harry Kane.
As a player clearly worthy of playing in top European football, but not quite ready to be a regular member of Pep Guardiola’s squad, it is time for the club to part ways with the Venezuelan.
According to Stuart brennan of Manchester Evening News, Herrera is wanted by ‘lots of clubs‘from across the continent, including teams from England. According to reports, Spanish champions Atletico Madrid love the midfielder.
The Premier League club are said to hold Â£ 20million for the talented South American – a significant sum of money coming in to add to their steadily growing pot of money this summer.
My rumored ‘8’ rating is sufficient in this case, as Herrera appears to have a ton of suitors, and Â£ 20million for a man who could lead a club’s midfielder for years to come. is not a huge amount of money.
Arijanet Muric – Rumor Rating: 6.5
Our final report for the day is about a goalkeeper who has shown so much promise at one point, but now sparks Turkey’s interest – with a move away from the Etihad more likely than a future at the club.
According to information from journalist Salim Manav, Adana Demirspor takes an interest in Manchester City goalkeeper Arijanet Muric.
While there is currently no further information on the nature of the interest, the Premier League club will most likely seek a loan deal, but a minimal transfer fee could be attractive given this summer’s strategy. .
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