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£130m attacker thinking ‘long and hard’ over shock Man City move

Manchester City have a genuine chance of winning the race for Kylian Mbappe and are actively engaged in talks with his agents, according to Spanish football expert Graham Hunter.

The £130m-rated Monaco teenager has become the most sought after player in world football with Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and PSG having all been linked with the French teenager, who reportedly favours a move to Real Madrid.

But now Hunter claims that City have entered the running with the player “thinking long and hard” about the chance to move to the club and work with Pep Guardiola.

“City are talking actively to Mbappe’s representatives, saying they are best placed to develop his career, where he could work with Pep Guardiola and be paid handsomely,” Hunter told Sky Sports News HQ.

“Real Madrid, meanwhile, are wooing Mbappe’s agents saying they will break the transfer record for this kid. Zidane, of course, has known Mbappe since he was 14.

“The battle is with Manchester City and they are persuasive and Mbappe is now thinking long and hard between London, Madrid, Paris and now Manchester. City are in that battle.

“At the moment it’s hard to see him choosing Monaco over one of those, but none of those clubs know who is favourite to sign this exceptional 18-year-old.”

Shock Swap Deal: Arsenal Offered to Get 30-goals Superstar

Manchester City have reportedly proposed a swap deal involving striker Sergio Aguero and Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez.

Since the end of the season, City have been heavily linked with a move for Sanchez, who has just one year remaining on his contract at the Emirates Stadium.

However, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has maintained his stance of not allowing his star man to leave for another Premier League side, despite the risk of losing the Chilean on a free next summer.

According to the Daily Star, City have moved to up their bid for their number-one target by offering Aguero in exchange for his services.

Despite netting 30 goals in all competitions last season, there remains speculation regarding the Argentine’s future and although he and his agent have suggested that he will remain at the club, the alleged latest development may lead to a change of heart.

Aguero still has three years left on his existing deal, meaning that he holds a higher market value than Sanchez.

Real Madrid moved in to splash the cash for 24-year-old Man City and Barcelona target

Real Madrid are prepared to break the bank to keep 24-year-old playmaker, Isco, a long-term target of Manchester City, by offering him a six-year contract extension.

According to Marca, Madrid are offering Isco a deal that would keep him at the club until he is 32. His new contract extension would start from the date his current deal expires (2018), keeping him at the Santiago Bernabéu until 2024.

If Isco agrees to this offer, he will practically triple his current salary by earning €6 million net per season. He is aware of this offer and has asked for time to consider it, with Premier League clubs including City, and Madrid’s fiercest rivals Barcelona all giving signals that they’d like to sign him.

Real Madrid have recently renewed the contracts of most ‘heavyweights’ in their squad, aware of the growing economic power of other leagues, especially the Premier League, and would like to add Isco to that list. The midfielder, though, has never been a guaranteed starter despite his enormous talent, and this is making him reluctant to commit his future to the Spanish giants.

A final decision from Isco is not expected until the end of the season, but the player will not settle for his current role in the team – he is fifteenth in the rankings of total minutes played at Madrid this season, and will need convincing that his role will be increased if he is to renew.

If Real Madrid do fail to persuade Isco, a controversial jump to Barcelona or a, some would say, overdue move to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are the two most likely destinations for the young playmaker.

Euro giants in stunning swoop for £230,000-a-week Man City star

Both Milan clubs are set for a summer transfer battle to sign Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure, according to  The Sun.

The 33-year-old is out of contract in the summer, and there remains doubt over whether City will offer him an extension to his current deal.

Toure has admitted that he is unsure over his future at the club, but has expressed his hope of staying at the Etihad after breaking into Pep Guardiola’s team in November.

The Ivorian midfielder has reportedly come close to joining Serie A side Inter on two occasions in recent years, only to change his mind at the last.
According to his agent, Dimitri Seluk, there are five clubs interested in Toure, one of which is believed to be his former club and Ligue 1 leaders Monaco.

AC Milan have now joined the list of clubs interested, backed by their new investors which would allow them to pay Toure’s wages.

The former Barcelona player is almost certain to take a pay cut from his £230k-a-week salary, although both AC and Inter Milan are believed to be willing to pay slightly less than that.

Toure has made 21 appearances in all competitions so far this season for City, his seventh full season with the club.

Man City dealt massive blow in the race for €170m rated top Man United target

AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi insists that young goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma is ‘completely off the market’ despite interest from the likes of Manchester City and Manchester United.

The 18-year-old shot-stopper is one of the biggest prospects in Europe, becoming Milan’s first-choice goalkeeper ever since his debut 2015.
And although he has attracted interest from all over Europe, Berlusconi is adamant that he won’t be sold for any price.

“Gigio is one of Milan’s jewels.”  PianetMilan  quote Berlusconi as saying.

“He’s a gorgeous product of our youth system, he feels strong attachment in his heart to the jersey and the Rossoneri colours. For us he’s completely off the market.”

The sale of the club to Chinese investors would ease the financial strain in the club and in turn remove possibility of a sale, but Berlusconi insists he will keep hold of his man whether the sale goes through or not.

He added: “I’m committed, so is my family, we’ll proceed with the sale of the club only if there are all the guarantees both financial and for the relaunch of the club.

“The Chinese buyers have been impacted by some difficulties that couldn’t have been predicted, but they guaranteed significant down payments: we’re ready to continue to maintain our commitments and think the buyers will with theirs.

“Should the deal not go through we’ll continue to build a young and Italian team”

According to Donnaroumma’s agent Mino Raiola any possible suitors should splash break the bank in order to sign the Italian sensation.

“He’s worth €170million (£119m) and has a great future. He’s an extraordinary kid and everyone loves him. He’s already a little champion but he can become a great one.” – Raiola said.

The 29-year-old star confirms he has multiple options to leave Man City

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart has said that ‘something has got to give’ at the end of the season in light of his uncertain situation under City boss Pep Guardiola.

The 29-year-old, who will captain England for the first time against Lithuania on Sunday, has spent this season in Serie A having gone on loan to Torino.

And while he admits he is fully focused on the rest of the season for Torino, he can’t help but think about which club he will be playing for next season.

“I want to finish the season well, the best I can for Torino,” Hart told ESPN.

“I have really enjoyed being part of the club and I want to make the squads for the England internationals. Then after [the end of the season], something has got to give.

“I am not getting too wrapped up in that for the moment. I am lucky enough to have people working for me in terms of the business side of things.

“My job is solely to try to be the best I can and wherever I go for the start of next season I want to be at the peak and coming off the back of a good season.”

When asked about City’s struggles between the sticks this season, Hart replied: “You know I am never going to answer that question,

“I have got a lot of respect for Willy [Caballero]. I worked hard with Willy when he won us the League Cup.

“I don’t know the keeper they have bought — I have never worked with [Claudio Bravo]. I don’t know anything about him.

“It is about what I am doing at Torino, to be honest. I will obviously keep an eye on Manchester City — they are my parent club and one I have a lot of affection for.

“But my focus is England and Torino and whatever happens in the summer, whoever’s jersey I will be putting on next season, is where all my energy and all my passion will lie.”

Hart has been linked with potential summer moves to both Liverpool and West Ham this year, but he admits that he wouldn’t be against the idea of staying in Serie A for another season.

“I think I was always open to it,” Hart added

“I loved being part of Manchester City and I’ve said on record many, many times, it wasn’t down to a lack of curiosity of other leagues, it was a club I really enjoyed being part of.

“And while they wanted me, there was nowhere else to look.

“But things have changed a little bit. I’m open and I want to be part of the best team I can be part of, that wants me to be their keeper and I want to earn the right to be their keeper.”

Real Madrid set to make move for €55m Man City star to replace Portuguese ace

Manchester City’s Argentine defender Nicolas Otamendi is said to be open to a move to Real Madrid this summer, as Los Blancos look for a potential replacement for Real Madrid’s Pepe who may be departing the Spanish giants at the end of the season.

According to reports from Marca, Real’s Portuguese international has recently been offered to renew his contract for another year, however, it looks his future in playing football will be in the Chinese Super League.

Otamendi is also keen to make a move back to the La Liga, where he holds Spanish football experience having previously played for Valencia.

Before Los Blancos pursue this potential deal any further, the club may look at their first option in bringing Jesus Vallejo back from his current loan at Bundesliga team Eintracht Frankfurt – although the 20-year-old may yet be too raw to anchor a Champions League defence.

Last season’s Champions League winners believe that the young Spanish defender will benefit by only getting better in spending one more year at the in-form Bundesliga club. Frankfurt is also in the mix to gain a possible Europa League position for next season, experience could help the 20-year-old to become familiar playing on the European stage environment.

With the current La Liga leaders deciding on Vallejo’s future, Otamendi has emerged as the favourite to fill in the vacant defender position. The 29-year-old Argentine defender was not far from signing a contract at the Bernabeu before he signed with Manuel Pellegrini’s Manchester City in 2015.

According to Football Observatory Nicols Otamendi’s current market value is €55 million.

Man City installed as major favourites to sign £50m wing wizard

Manchester City are leading the chase for Bayern Munich winger, Kingsley Coman, after a serious deterioration in the relationship between the 20-year-old’s family and Bayern, according to the Matt Hughes Football Notebook in The Times.

This comes after a trio of French sources (Téléfoot‏, Le10sport and L’Equipe) reported City’s interest in the French international, who rose to prominence when Pep Guardiola was in charge at the Allianz Arena.

According to The Times, Coman’s father was knocked back when he requested a Champions League ticket for Bayern’s match away at Arsenal earlier this month, which he took as a bad sign regarding their faith in his son. Bayern insisted than the request came too late for a ticket to a game in which Coman didn’t feature.

It is also believed taht The Citizens launched £50m bid for the 20-year-old.

Bayern Munich are planning to take up their option to sign Coman for £20 million from Juventus, which expires next month, but will then try to cash in on him for a major profit, with The Times claiming that Manchester City are leading the race for him.

Coman has fallen out of favour under Carlo Ancelotti, managing just 5 Bundesliga starts (8 substitute appearances) and 0 Champions League starts (1 substitute appearances), with just the 2 goals in the league and no assists. Compare to last season under Pep, where Coman scored 6 goals and registered 11 assists across the two competitions, and it is clear which coach he is more suited to working with.

If City do land Coman, he would give Pep an extra option on the flanks with the talented pair of Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sané. Jesus Navas is set to leave the club when his contract expires in June, while Nolito has fallen massively out of favour, the 30-year-old featuring for just 135 minutes in the first three months of 2017.

Until the end of March, the City Store is marking down some iconic Retro Shirts to £20 (£18 for Cityzens).

Man City Boss Pep Guardiola Wins Another Amazing Award of His Career

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has named Premier League Manager of the Month for February, his first award since making the switch to England in July.

The Spaniard is the first City manager to receive the individual accolade since Manuel Pellegrini back at the very start of last season.

Guardiola’s City won all three of the Premier League games they played during the month of February, firmly establishing as a key contender to finish among the top four places after a difficult spell in January and December.

The month kicked off with a comfortable 4-0 win over West Ham. That was followed up by a tighter 2-1 victory over Swansea in which mid-season arrival Gabriel Jesus took the plaudits for his late winner, while Bournemouth also fell in a 2-0 City win.

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach beat off strong competition from Jose Mourinho, Antonio Conte and Tony Pulis to take the prize.

City continued their winning form into March with a 2-0 win over Sunderland, but were disappointingly held by Stoke in their last outing. An FA Cup quarter final against Middlesbrough this weekend is next on the schedule for the sky blues.

Guardiola Reveals Why £27m Signing’s Debut Delayed

Manchester City’s £27m January-signing Gabriel Jesus has not been cleared to make his debut against Everton this weekend due to pending paperwork.

The 19-year-old was hoping to impress at Goodison Park this Sunday, but City boss Pep Guardiola has put ice on his debut party by confirming that paperwork still needs to be ironed out between Palmeiras and the FA.

The talented forward joined up with City’s first team at the start of the year after helping Palmeiras to Brazilian championship glory in 2016.

Jesus has been hyped as ‘the next big thing’ to come out of Brazil, but City fans will have to wait until next weekend to finally see him in a sky blue jersey.

Guardiola did admit to having both Sergio Aguero and Kelechi Iheanacho at his disposal against Everton this weekend.

Aguero became City’s third highest goalscorer of all-time in the 5-0 demolition of West Ham in the FA Cup last Friday, and Guardiola could look to the Argentine again as he attempts to close the seven-point gap to league-leaders Chelsea.