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Tension arises in blockbuster Manchester City negotiations as Premier League transfer for star forward enters advanced talks



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In a whirlwind 24 hours, the deal involving Manchester City and RB Leipzig for Josko Gvardiol has taken yet another turn after seemingly moving towards completion.

While Wednesday brought about claims that the Premier League and Bundesliga clubs had reached an agreement over a transfer fee for the defender, Thursday brought a fresh twist in the tale with various sources suggesting the opposite.

On the outgoings front, we also had another confirmed deal for Manchester City, while Etihad Stadium officials intensified negotiations with a fellow Premier League clubs over the signing of one of the finest prospects from within the City Football Academy.

As day 36 of the summer transfer window passes, here is everything reported on Manchester City’s intensifying business activity.


Sources say, “An agreement is not in sight!” on Josko Gvardiol’s potential transfer to Manchester City. For RB Leipzig officials, it is not excluded that the Croatian will stay for one more season. Leipzig want €100 million as a guaranteed fee plus ‘REALISTIC’ add-ons. (Florian Plettenberg)

RB Leipzig manager, Marco Rose: “Joško [Gvardiol] is one of our players and as far as I know, he’ll remain one of ours. I don’t know anything about a medical check – nothing about a first, and nothing about a second. I think I would know as head coach!” (Philipp Hinze)

There is ‘tension’ between Manchester City and RB Leipzig during the final stage of negotiations for Josko Gvardiol, and the player has not completed his medical yet. There has been issues on the club side after the leak of an agreement yesterday. However, the deal is still ON. (Fabrizio Romano)

Manchester City will pay an initial transfer fee of less than €100 million for Josko Gvardiol, but will exceed that figure through realistic performance-related add-ons. (Leipziger Volkszeitung)

Inter Milan midfielder Nicolo Barella the ‘first name’ on Manchester City’s list, should Bernardo Silva leave the club this summer. City have ‘fallen in love’ with the player, while Pep Guardiola has also been ‘impressed’ with the Italian and considers him ‘excellent’. (TuttoMercatoWeb)

Lyon’s Bradley Barcola is a player Manchester City like, having scouted the France U21 international earlier in the season. City also have Barcola’s team-mate Rayan Cherki and Celta Vigo’s Gabri Veiga on their radar. (Graeme Bailey, 90Min)

Reported Manchester City target Abdoulaye Ndiaye is set to join Troyes and more generally, the City Football Group in a deal worth around €3 million. The player’s profile has pleased City’s Pep Guardiola directly. (Sébastien Denis)


James Trafford has left Manchester City and joined Burnley. City will receive £15 million, plus a further £4 million in add-ons. City also have a 20% sell-on clause, as well as a buy-back option. (Official)

Manchester City and West Ham have a verbal agreement in place for the permanent transfer of Carlos Borges, for a fee in the region of £14 million. City will include a buy back clause into the deal. (Fabrizio Romano)

West Ham are in advanced talks to sign Manchester City’s Carlos Borges for a fee in the region of £14 million. The 19-year-old is expected to choose the Hammers over Brighton, Borussia Dortmund and Eintracht Frankfurt. (Nizaar Kinsella, Evening Standard)

Manchester City are set to take their earnings from the sale of academy graduates past the £120 million mark in just two summers once winger Carlos Borges completes an expected £14 million move to West Ham. (James Ducker, The Telegraph)

Issa Kaboré has agreed a deal in principle for a season-long loan from Manchester City at Luton Town. The agreement in principle also includes a City contract extension. (Mike McGrath)

Brighton want to sign Cole Palmer from Manchester City on a permanent deal rather than on loan. (Andy Naylor, The Athletic)

Riyad Mahrez has now passed his Al Ahli medical, and will leave Manchester City for the Saudi Pro League in the next few hours. (Santi Aouna, FootMercato)

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)

James Trafford: Manchester City to Burnley, (£15M plus £4M add-ons, Permanent)

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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