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Manchester City beaten to James Maddison signing as crucial Josko Gvardiol and Gabri Veiga updates provided



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Significant updates on a trio of Manchester City transfer targets has been provided as part of a bumper report on the club’s summer business.

The last few days have been of mixed emotion for supporters of the club, as they welcomed one new face to the Etihad Stadium, said farewell to a legend, and experienced a relatively short-lived big-money transfer saga.

Mateo Kovacic arrived at Manchester City on Tuesday evening, joining the club in a £25 million plus a further £5 million in add-ons deal from Chelsea, and adopting the number 8 shirt upon his arrival.

That deal followed the departure of former club captain Ilkay Gundogan, who left Manchester City on Monday morning, signing a two-year deal with FC Barcelona and joining the reigning La Liga champions on a free transfer.

Amid the officially announced transfer information, Manchester City also launched a single £90 million bid for Declan Rice, before losing out to Arsenal – who are expected to finalise a transfer for a £105 million package.

The twists and turns of the last few days have left many supporters wondering what is next in the way of summer signings, with a new report offering several updates on where Manchester City are at on that particular front.

According to a new report from MailSport, and while the majority of Manchester City’s remaining transfer business is dependant on outgoings this summer, Josko Gvardiol is one target that is not contingent on departures.

It is firmly stated that the Premier League champions want to do a deal for the player this summer, while RB Leipzig are seeking a transfer fee of €100 million.

As for the situation involving Celta Vigo’s Gabri Veiga – who is understood to be target for the Etihad club after removing themselves from the race to sign Declan Rice – Jack Gaughan reports it remains the same as in March: Manchester City are monitoring the player, but it remains to be seen whether they will firm up interest.

Interestingly, the report also reveals that former Leicester City midfielder James Maddison had been a target for Etihad officials, however Tottenham moved quickly to sign the England midfielder in a deal worth around £40 million.

Despite chasing Declan Rice in the last few days, and ultimately losing out to Arsenal and their £105 million proposal, City will not necessarily sign an alternative with Mateo Kovacic replacing Ilkay Gundogan and Kalvin Phillips determined to prove himself at the club – that according to MailSport’s information.

It is understood that Manchester City will push for the signing of Josko Gvardiol in the coming days, having reached an agreement with the player and his entourage over personal terms across the course of last week.

The transfer fee will be the major sticking point in negotiations with the Bundesliga club, but should Manchester City see Aymeric Laporte leave the club in particular, then there will be an even greater incentive from Etihad officials to pay whatever it takes.

With that being said however, City are not afraid to walk away from a deal that they feel exceeds their valuation of a player, and Declan Rice became the latest example in a long list of names over the past few years.