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Manchester City take hardline Oscar Bobb transfer stance after pre-season breakthrough



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Manchester City will reject offers for young forward Oscar Bobb, after the Norwegian impressed during a pre-season tour of Asia.

The 20-year-old featured in all three of Manchester City’s pre-season tour matches last month, with the forward making appearances as a substitute against Yokohama F. Marinos, Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid.

Bobb is expected to be afforded the opportunity to be part of Pep Guardiola’s first-team squad for the new campaign, after making 35 appearances for Brian Barry-Murphy’s Manchester City EDS last season.

The Norwegian registered 18 assists and scored eight goals across three competitions, helping Manchester City to a third consecutive Premier League 2 title.

Bobb was also part of the Norway U21 squad for this summer’s Under-21 European Championship’s in Georgia, representing his nation in three group games.

The forward has featured in the Manchester City first-team just once to date, but the Blues are reportedly planning to keep the 20-year-old at the Etihad Stadium for the new season, despite receiving offers in the region of £15 million.

Norwegian outlet TV 2 claim that Manchester City have declared Bobb as ‘not on the market’ and are committed to keeping the player close to the first-team for the 2023/24 campaign.

Manchester City’s £15 million valuation of the player would make the 20-year-old the fifth most expensive Norwegian of all time; behind Erling Haaland, Martin Odegaard, Alexander Sorloth and Sander Berge.

The City Football Academy have made a number of significant sales already this summer; including the £19 million exit of James Trafford and recent €14 million transfer of Carlos Borges.

Shea Charles has joined Southampton for £10.5 million; meanwhile Romeo Lavia, Gavin Bazunu, Samuel Edozie and Juan Larios have all previously signed for the Saints.

Bobb can play at right-wing, an area Manchester City are currently seeking to strengthen following the exit of Riyad Mahrez to Saudi Pro League side Al-Ahli for £30 million.

The Algerian international left the Etihad Stadium last month, having made 236 appearances and scored 78 goals for the Blues.