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Manchester City identify possible Riyad Mahrez replacement as La Liga club emerge as potential suitors for star defender



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Transfer deals are intensifying with each passing day as Manchester City edge closer towards the start of their 2023/24 pre-season tour of Far East Asia.

Tuesday brought about fresh details concerning an opening Saudi Arabian bid for Riyad Mahrez, whilst a new potential suitor for central defender Aymeric Laporte emerged later on in the afternoon.

On the incomings front, it was yet more incremental developments concerning Josko Gvardiol, whilst Manchester City also welcomed a talent from City Football Group sister club Bahia to their training base.

Here is your comprehensive transfer update from day 34 of the summer transfer window!


Manchester City could firm up long-term interest in RB Leipzig’s Dani Olmo as they look to replace Riyad Mahrez. However, Leipzig are under “no pressure” to sell the Spain international this summer. (Pete O’Rourke, Football Insider)

Talks between Manchester City and RB Leipzig continue for Josko Gvardiol, and were never off. City continue to push for a transfer, while Leipzig insist on a €100m fee. The player is ready for the Premier League. (Philipp Hinze)

Manchester City have today held positive discussions with an intermediary involved in the Josko Gvardiol deal. City are confident they can complete a deal. The player has an agreement, contract agreed, as well as commission for agents and intermediaries. (Santi Aouna, Foot Mercato)

Bahia attacking midfielder Roger Gabriel (16) has started training with Manchester City, and will compete in a tournament in Portugal with City’s U19s. (Gabrielle Gomes)


Al Ahli’s first bid for Riyad Mahrez was £18 million plus £5 million in add ons, rejected by Manchester City – who have asked for £30 million to seal the deal. Al Ahli are increasingly confident of getting it done soon. (Fabrizio Romano)

Aymeric Laporte is ‘the great goal’ for Athletic Bilbao this summer, and they will ‘put everything in their power’ to sign the Manchester City defender. Laporte is ‘not in a hurry’ this summer, and does not believe his City future will be ‘resolved in a few days’. However, the option of Bilbao has now ‘taken the lead’ over others in recent days. (Patxo de la Rica, Sergio Santos)

Luton Town have been in talks with Manchester City over a season-long loan for Issa Kabore. (Mike McGrath, Telegraph)

Contract Renewals

No reports

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)

Callum Doyle: Manchester City to Leicester City, (Season-long loan, £500,000)

Yan Couto: Manchester City to Girona, (Season-long loan)

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)

Yangel Herrera: Manchester City to Girona, (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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