Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has ruled out the possibility of Cole Palmer leaving on loan this summer, although the 21-year-olds future still remains uncertain.
Palmer, who scored his second goal of the season against Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup on Wednesday evening, has been linked with a potential exit from the Etihad Stadium this summer, amid interest from Brighton, West Ham and Burnley.
Manchester City won the Super Cup in Athens on penalties, after Palmer’s delightfully cushioned header cancelled out Youssef En-Nesyri’s opening goal.
The 21-year-old also scored at Wembley Stadium earlier this month, scoring in the FA Community Shield with a sublime strike from outside the area.
Palmer helped England to Under-21 European Championship glory during the summer, as the forward’s deflected free-kick was the difference against Spain in the final.
Brighton and West Ham are both interested in signing the England U21 international permanently, with the potential for Palmer to move to the London Stadium as part of a deal for Hammers midfielder Lucas Paqueta.
The 25-year-old is considered as Manchester City’s priority midfield target for the remaining weeks of the transfer window, after Pep Guardiola discovered that Kevin De Bruyne would be sidelined until the new year.
West Ham manager David Moyes is claimed to be keen on signing Palmer, meanwhile Vincent Kompany’s Burnley previously considered a loan move for the 21-year-old.
Pep Guardiola has sensationally ruled out the possibility of Palmer leaving on loan however, declaring that the winger would either stay with Manchester City or be sold this summer.
“I don’t think a loan is going to happen. He’s going to stay or he’s going to be sold,” revealed the Manchester City manager.
Palmer has featured in all three of Manchester City’s matches so far this season, but did make just seven starts for the treble-winners during the previous campaign.
The absence of De Bruyne and exit of Riyad Mahrez could provide Palmer with the chance of more minutes, although the Blues are also lining up a move for Rennes winger Jeremy Doku.
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