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Manchester City source releases bumper update on summer business as La Liga star emerges as Declan Rice alternative



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The third week of the summer transfer window brought about plenty in the way of arrivals and departures, as a significant turning point in the Declan Rice saga arrived.

Arsenal’s £105 million third bid for the West Ham United captain was always set to test Manchester City’s financial outlines for the England midfielder, and the Premier League champions ultimately stamped their authority in the bidding war.

Elsewhere, the Club are now bracing themselves for their second major exit from Pep Guardiola’s backroom staff in a matter of weeks, while their focus in central midfield appears to have taken them to La Liga.

In our 14th edition of our daily transfer round-up, here is everything you need to know to catch-up on all the events across the last 24 hours!


Manchester City have pulled out of the race to sign Declan Rice. (Various)

Manchester City are relaxed about the Declan Rice situation after pulling out of the race. City feel they have been here before in refusing to go higher than their valuation of a player – and believe their judgement has proved to be sound. (Mike Keegan)

Manchester City are now pressing ahead with a move for RB Leipzig’s Josko Gvardiol. (Jack Gaughan, Sami Mokbel – MailSport)

Josko Gvardiol is one Manchester City transfer target that is apparently not contingent on outgoings. City want to do a deal, while RB Leipzig want €100 million. (Jack Gaughan)

Manchester City have now entered the race for Celta Vigo’s Gabri Veiga. The Spaniard is one of the options being considered after pulling out of the race for Declan Rice. The player has a €40 million release clause. (Fabrizio Romano)

The situation concerning Manchester City and Gabri Veiga is the same as it was in March: The club are monitoring the player, although is remains to be seen whether they will firm up their interest. (Jack Gaughan)

James Maddison was of interest to Manchester City, but nobody had left the club – with Mateo Kovacic replacing Ilkay Gundogan to balance numbers – and Tottenham moved quickly to secure the player. (Jack Gaughan)

Mateo Kovacic arrived this week to replace Ilkay Gundogan, and Manchester City will not necessarily sign an alternative to Declan Rice in the deep-lying midfield position. Kalvin Phillips is determined to prove his can fulfil that role at City. (Jack Gaughan, MailSport)

Manchester City are focusing on what is going on regarding outgoings, before making any potential moves for midfielders this summer. (Jack Gaughan)


Manchester City assistant Rodolfo Borrell is set to join Austin FC as Sporting Director after a nine-year stay with the club. (Fabrizio Romano)

Declan Rice’s transfer fee agreed between West Ham and Arsenal is expected to act as a gauge for Bernardo Silva, with both players’ contracts until 2025. (Jack Gaughan)

There have been no official offers for Aymeric Laporte yet. (Jack Gaughan)

Leicester City are set to complete the signing of Zack Steffen from Manchester City. (talkSPORT)

Sheffield United manager Paul Heckingbottom has spoken with Txiki Begiristain about the possibility of re-signing both James McAtee and Tommy Doyle. The latter is viewed as more realistic, given Pep Guardiola is minded to keep McAtee at Manchester City. (James Shield, Sheffield Star)

Tommy Doyle is expected to be allowed to leave Manchester City again, either permanently or on loan. Talks with Sheffield United have been described as “constructive” by one well-placed source, although there is still plenty of work to be done. (James Shield, Sheffield Star)

Confirmed Deals

Mateo Kovacic: Chelsea to Manchester City, (£25 million plus £5 million in add-ons)

Enzo Maresca: Manchester City to Leicester City, (Unknown terms)

Ilkay Gundogan: Manchester City to FC Barcelona, (Free transfer)