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Manchester City agree transfer fee over major first-team exit as £85 million asking price required for essential signing



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Manchester City have sanctioned the sale of Aymeric Laporte to Saudi Pro League side Al Nassr, with a deal now dependent on the centre-back agreeing personal terms.

The Spain international has largely fallen out of favour at the Etihad Stadium, sitting behind the likes of Manuel Akanji and Nathan Ake in the pecking order, and the arrival of Josko Gvardiol only heightening concerns over his potential for game time this season.

Elsewhere and City continue to seek a deal for West Ham United’s Lucas Paqueta, as his club have now reportedly outlined the level of fee that it would take for the Premier League champions to secure their number one target during the remaining weeks of the window.

After day 60 and 61 of the ongoing summer transfer window, here is how Manchester City have been reported in the world of transfer news.


Manchester City are set to press ahead with a move for Lucas Paqueta in a move that is expected to cost up to £80 million. (Jack Gaughan, MailSport)

West Ham have set a price of £85 million for Lucas Paqueta. (Jason Burt, The Telegraph)

Jeremy Doku has agreed to a five-year deal and personal terms with Manchester City, and has already spoken to Pep Guardiola. While West Ham are interested, Doku only wants to join City as an official offer is expected this week. (Sacha Tavolieri)

Stade Rennais will ask for a minimum of €55 million for Jeremy Doku. (Sacha Tavolieri)

Manchester City are monitoring Dani Olmo closely, however RB Leipzig are not willing to sell and it is expected that they will ask for a ‘very high’ fee. Pep Guardiola ‘appreciates’ Olmo. City are ‘trying to understand the feasibility’ of a transfer for Olmo, but Leipzig could ask for as much as €80 million to €100 million for the Spaniard. (Gianluca Di Marzio)

Manchester City want a deal for Jeremy Doku wrapped up quickly, and will then look at potential loans/sales for players needing minutes. (The Secret Scout)

Jeremy Doku and Lucas Paqueta believe they will both get their moves to Manchester City this month. (Jack Gaughan, MailSport)

Manchester City have been admirers of Chelsea-bound Michael Olise as they look at replacements for Riyad Mahrez, but Jeremy Doku is the player they are targeting for that position. (Mike McGrath, The Telegraph)

Manchester City have completed the signing of Tyresse Noubissie. (Official)


Manchester City have accepted an offer from Al Nassr for Aymeric Laporte – who is open to the possibility of a move to Saudi Arabia. (David Ornstein)

Al Nassr’s offer, as yet undisclosed, has met Manchester City’s valuation of Aymeric Laporte and he is now free to discuss terms with the Saudi Pro League side. (Rob Dawson, ESPN)

Real Madrid could hijack Aymeric Laporte’s move to Al Nassr. The Manchester City defender is currently weighing up whether he fancies Saudi Arabia, and is also waiting to see if the La Liga giants show any interest after Eder Militao’s injury. (Martin Blackburn, The Sun)

Al Hilal made an approach for Ederson, however discussions did not advance with Manchester City nor the player and there was no negotiation. (Fred Caldeira, TNT Sports)

There are not a lot of top-level suitors for Joao Cancelo around Europe, so Barcelona do not seem to face a lot of competition. Sources at Manchester City say they have not received a formal approach over Cancelo, either from Barcelona themselves or via Jorge Mendes. Barca would prefer a loan with option to buy, however City began the summer with the firm intention of selling. (Pol Ballus, The Athletic)

Joao Cancelo has strong interest from Saudi Arabia. (Pol Ballus, The Athletic)

Ajax have added James McAtee to their transfer shortlist, in case Mohammed Kudus leaves the club this summer. While Manchester City rate McAtee highly, Ajax are set to approach to ask for conditions. (Fabrizio Romano)

Manchester City want to trigger the US$10 million release clause in the contract of Boca Juniors left-back Valentin Barco. (ESPN Argentina)

Manchester City are currently the ‘strongest club’ in the race for Boca Juniors left-back Valentin Barco. City accept that the 19-year-old would stay in Argentina until December. (Julio Pavoni)

Máximo Perrone is in advanced negotiations with UD Las Palmas as Manchester City and the La Liga club negotiate a season-long loan. (César Luis Merlo)

Talks and negotiations are still ongoing over a potential move for Stefan Ortega to Bayern Munich. The Manchester City goalkeeper is impressed by Bayern‘s interest and is ‘really considering’ becoming their new number one, but there is no final decision from the player. Thomas Tuchel has had a phone call with Ortega, while City and Bayern still retain a ‘respectful’ relationship despite the failed Kyle Walker deal. (Florian Plettenberg)

Manchester City will demand around €60 million in an obligation to buy clause for Joao Cancelo. Barcelona are hoping to reach an agreement to loan Cancelo for a season with an obligation clause next summer, with negotiations to be stepped up this week. (Rob Dawson, Samuel Marsden – ESPN)

Barcelona are looking to lower their obligation to buy clause on Joao Cancelo to €25 million. (SPORT)

Aymeric Laporte is liked by Arsenal, but Manchester City do not want to sell another player to Mikel Arteta’s side and would prefer another destination for the centre-back. (Fabrizio Romano)

Taylor Harwood-Bellis is a loan target for Championship clubs including Leicester, Leeds and Southampton. Manchester City are also open to selling at the right price this summer. (John Percy)

Pep Guardiola on Cole Palmer‘s future: “I don’t think a loan is going to happen. He’s going to stay at Manchester City, or he’s going to be sold.”

Pep Guardiola on Stefan Ortega‘s links to Bayern Munich: “It’ll be a problem, for his quality. He’s played in the Bundesliga, I saw him and said, ‘What a keeper we have’. We don’t want to sell him, but like many cases, [it depends on] three parties. If Stefan has two weeks out of the market, we have to pick up a keeper, it’s not easy. We want him for years and years.” (Press conference)

Pep Guardiola on Aymeric Laporte’s Manchester City future: “It’s a question for him and the club. I don’t have anything to say.”

Jack Gaughan, MailSport: “The immediate futures of [James] McAtee and [Cole] Palmer are both up in the air at the moment. Premier League clubs, and some abroad, are queuing up to sign them, either on loan or permanently, and whether they go or not feels dependent on the players themselves. It’s no secret that Palmer – who West Ham are very keen on – wants more games. You could argue that McAtee has a bit more leeway from a minutes perspective and may benefit more from a bit-part role with Manchester City.”

Jack Gaughan, MailSport: “[Oscar] Bobb will stay [at Manchester City this summer]. Pep Guardiola wants him to learn around the first team as [Cole] Palmer has done in that position for the last two seasons.”

Contract Renewals

Rico Lewis has signed a new Manchester City contract until 2028. (Official)

Bernardo Silva has now verbally agreed to sign a new Manchester City contract valid until June 2026. It is expected that Bernardo will sign his new deal by the end of next week. (Fabrizio Romano)

There is now growing confidence at Manchester City that Bernardo Silva will soon sign a new contract. A breakthrough in negotiations is thought to have occurred last week, while City value him towards £100 million. (Jack Gaughan, MailSport)

Confirmed Deals

Josko Gvardiol: RB Leipzig to Manchester City, (£78 million)

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

Juanma Lillo: Al Sadd SC to Manchester City, (Unknown terms)

Inigo Dominquez: Al Sadd SC to Manchester City, (Unknown terms)

Thomas Krucken: VfB Stuttgart to Manchester City, (Unknown terms)

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

Harrison Parker: Manchester United to Manchester City, (Unknown terms)

Riyad Mahrez: Manchester City to Al Ahli, (£30.4M plus €5M add-ons, Permanent)

Carlos Borges: Manchester City to Ajax, (€14M plus €5M add-ons, Permanent)

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

Adedire Mebude: Manchester City to KVC Westerlo, (£1.65M, 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)

Josh Wilson-Esbrand: Manchester City to Stade de Reims, (Season-long loan)

Issa Kabore: Manchester City to Luton Town, (Season-long loan)

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)

Finley Burns: Manchester City to Stevenage, (Season-long loan)

Alex Robertson: Manchester City to Portsmouth, (Season-long loan)

Filip Stevanović: Manchester City to RKC Waalwijk, (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)

Benjamin Mendy: Released

Terrell Agyemang: Released

Rowan McDonald: Released

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