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Saudi Arabia add new Manchester City name to transfer shortlist as ‘willingness’ to join passed to Juventus



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A new name from the Etihad Stadium has ended up in the sights of Saudi Arabia’s ambitious and ongoing project to develop their league in the Middle East.

That name accompanies the nation’s aim to sign Riyad Mahrez and Bernardo Silva from Manchester City too, with Wednesday providing further updates on the aforementioned first-team duo as well.

Confirmed deals were also part of the order of the day, as Manchester City and now-Championship club Southampton completed yet more business with Shea Charles heading to the south coast as concise details on the transfer arrived.

As another day passes and the return of the Manchester City squad for pre-season training looms, here is your daily and concise fix of Etihad Stadium transfer news.


Harrison Parker is expected to sign a long-term deal at Manchester City, joining from Manchester United. (Fabrizio Romano)


Shea Charles has left Manchester City and joined Southampton, in a deal worth up to £15 million, including a ‘significant’ sell-on clause and buy back. (Official)

Aymeric Laporte and Riyad Mahrez are wanted by Al-Ahli. Manchester City have not received any major offers from clubs in Europe for the defender, with Saudi Arabia ready to offer him an exit route – a move that Mahrez is open to. (Sean Walsh, Graeme Bailey – 90Min)

Saudi clubs are pushing for Riyad Mahrez, while Manchester City ask for an ‘important’ fee. (Fabrizio Romano)

Al-Ahli plan to make an offer to Manchester City this week for Riyad Mahrez. (Ben Jacobs)

Bernardo Silva‘s Manchester City future remains a ‘slow situation’, and not something imminent. Saudi clubs are pushing although negotiating with City is not easy as they are insisting on keeping the midfielder, while PSG want Bernardo as a top target too. (Fabrizio Romano)

There is a strong wish from Xavi to get Bernardo Silva to Barcelona, and with the manager ‘insisting’, the Manchester City midfielder is their ‘priority number one’. Bernardo is ‘dreaming’ about a move, with ‘sources from the changing room’ saying he is ‘crazy’ to join the club. The best formula would be a loan with an obligatory buying clause. (Mundo Deportivo)

Juventus have received Aymeric Laporte‘s willingness to join, and will ‘prepare a strategy’ to secure his services from Manchester City. The Serie A club have informed City via intermediaries of their desire to sign Laporte on loan with a buy option. Although City are willing to let go of Laporte, they are looking to sell and not for less than €30 million. Juventus are ‘convinced’ City would accept their conditions for a deal in this window as Laporte’s contract expires in 2025. (Calciomercato)

Manchester City have knocked back serious offers for James McAtee as the midfielder aims to cement a place in Pep Guardiola’s first-team squad. There has been interest in a loan or a permanent deal from Premier League and Bundesliga clubs. City have rebuffed all interest in McAtee, despite some buyers being willing to go as high as £30 million. (Simon Bajkowski, Manchester Evening News)

Bayern Munich are ‘losing patience’ with Kyle Walker as he still holds up on making a decision about a potential move from Manchester City, with the Bundesliga side already eyeing up an alternative and appear to be getting a sense that he will remain at the Etihad Stadium. (Florian Plettenberg, Sky Germany)

Contract Renewals

Manchester City have offered Kyle Walker a two-year deal. The full-back has been pleasantly surprised by City’s offer, believing it is ‘generous’ considering he has just turned 33 and feels it means he will still have a big role to play if he stays. (Martin Blackburn, Dave Kidd – The Sun)

Confirmed Deals

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

Spike Brits: AFC Wimbledon to Manchester City, (Unknown terms)

Shea Charles: Manchester City to Southampton, (£10.5M, Permanent)

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

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

Rodolfo Borrell: Manchester City to Austin FC, (Unknown terms)

Liam Delap: Manchester City to Hull City, (Season-long loan)

Kian Breckin: Manchester City to Wycombe Wanderers, (Season-long loan)

Morgan Rogers: Manchester City to Middlesbrough, (Unknown terms, Permanent)

Josh McNamara: Manchester City to Southampton, (Unknown terms, Permanent)

Cieran Slicker: Manchester City to Ipswich Town, (Unknown terms, Permanent)

Herbie James: Manchester City to Tottenham Hotspur (Pre-Agreement, Permanent)

Terrell Agyemang: Released

Rowan McDonald: Released

Benjamin Mendy: Released

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