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Sources: Manchester City not interested in Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong despite Declan Rice collapse



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Manchester City are not pursuing a move for Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong as part of their ongoing summer revamp, City Xtra understand.

The Premier League champions have already added Mateo Kovacic to their ranks from Chelsea in a £30 million deal following Ilkay Gundogan‘s move to Barcelona at the end of his Manchester City contract.

There remains uncertainty however over the future of Bernardo Silva, as the Portugal international remaining open to a move away from the Etihad Stadium this summer, with two years left on his current contract.

Pep Guardiola is expected to make a few more additions to his Manchester City squad before the transfer window ends – after a historic campaign that saw the Blues claim their maiden Champions League title en route to a treble.

City are expected to wrap up a deal for RB Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol in the near future and further bolster their backline, with Aymeric Laporte expected to leave ahead of the new season.

The European champions were also in the running for West Ham captain Declan Rice but pulled out of the race to sign the highly-coveted England international due to the valuation set for the midfielder, who is now likely to join hands with Mikel Arteta at the Emirates Stadium.

This weekend, The Sun reported that Manchester City and Pep Guardiola were plotting a £90 million bid for Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong after refusing to match Arsenal’s £105 million offer for Declan Rice.

However, sources at the Etihad Stadium have confirmed to City Xtra that the club have no interest in bringing the Netherlands international to the north-west this summer.

With Phil Foden expected to take up a more central role next season, whilst also covering out wide, outgoings in midfield are expected to drive any further additions to Pep Guardiola’s options in the middle of the park.

Elsewhere, it is also understood that Spanish reports linking Manchester City with a move for Atletico Madrid winger Rodrigo Riquelme are wide off the mark, despite it being suggested that the Premier League champions are determined to sign the young Spaniard.

Burnley are expected to complete a permanent transfer for the highly-rated Manchester City goalkeeper James Trafford, after the two parties came to an agreement over a £19 million deal with £15 million being paid up-front.