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UEFA rules ‘cast uncertainty’ over three Manchester City players – ‘Decision’ to be made



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A new report has detailed that ‘uncertainty’ looms over the futures of three Manchester City players, one of whom has only recently been acquired by the club.

The Premier League champions secured the services of River Plate talent Claudio Echeverri during the most recent winter transfer market, enabling the player to remain in Argentina on loan until January 2025.

However, Manchester City fans are still expected to wait a little longer before they can begin to think about seeing Echeverri in Pep Guardiola’s squad, with a further move elsewhere in the City Football Group being mooted in various quarters.

That remains dependent on UEFA ruling enabling the transfer of players between clubs competing in the same competition, with Girona edging closer towards qualification for Europe’s premier tournament this season.

According to the information of South American outlet Olé, as translated and relayed by Sport Witness, UEFA rules have ‘cast uncertainty’ over the future of Claudio Echeverri – who is being tipped to join Girona on-loan from Manchester City in the winter market of 2025.

It is explained that in the very real possibility of both Manchester City and Girona qualifying for the UEFA Champions League for the 2024/25 season, then Echeverri would not be permitted to be sent to the Spanish game from the English club.

Additionally, it is further pointed out that Manchester City ‘will have to make decisions’, as the Premier League champions could also be bringing Brazilian international talents Savio and Yan Couto to the club this summer.

Manchester City are understood to have already reached an agreement over the signing of Savio from fellow City Group side ESTAC Troyes, however some believe that a return to Girona on loan could be on the cards, should rules permit such a switch.

As for Yan Couto, and off the back of yet another hugely impressive campaign in the Spanish game, Manchester City will likely have a significant decision to make on the future of the player, and could assess his levels during pre-season.

Pep Guardiola and his players will travel to the United States this summer for a four-game tour of the eastern coast of the country, taking on Celtic, Barcelona, Chelsea, and AC Milan in four different locations including Orlando and New York.