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Leeds United star offered to Manchester City while new four-year deal blocks Etihad Stadium transfer



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Manchester City are expected to retain the services of back-up goalkeeper Stefan Ortega Moreno beyond the ongoing summer transfer window.

The German goalkeeper has recently been at the centre of intense interest from Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich, while City have been offered the opportunity to replace the 30-year-old with names from across Europe.

Elsewhere and the club’s shortlist for potential signings in the wide-attacking positions has been further narrowed after it was confirmed that one possible target would be signing a new four-year deal with his current employers.

After day 62 and 63 of the ongoing summer transfer window, here is how Manchester City have been reported in the world of transfer news.


Manchester City’s move for Lucas Paqueta is now off. (Alan Nixon)

Lucas Paqueta is being investigated by the FA for potential betting breaches. (Kieran Gill, Jack Gaughan – MailSport)

Lucas Paqueta‘s representatives have confirmed the end of negotiations with Manchester City, directly linked to the FA investigation into potential betting breaches. (Fred Caldeira, Vitor Sergio – TNT Sports)

An £80 million deal for Lucas Paqueta to Manchester City had almost been agreed. Paqueta is ‘surprised and shocked’ by the investigation in relation to bets placed in Brazil, not by him. (Kaveh Solhekol)

The current expectation at West Ham is that Lucas Paqueta will NOT go to Manchester City. (Jacob Steinberg)

Manchester City are now ‘scouring the market’ to sign a new central midfielder as a deal for West Ham’s Lucas Paqueta ‘hit the buffers’. (Jack Gaughan, MailSport)

Manchester City should make an offer to Rennes this week for Jeremy Doku. Negotiations are ongoing, but I expect a first offer today (Friday) or tomorrow (Saturday). (Sacha Tavolieri)

West Ham are trying to hijack Manchester City’s deal for Jeremy Doku by offering the player a higher salary. However, the winger has indicated that he wants to fulfil his dream of playing under Pep Guardiola. (Sacha Tavolieri)

Tottenham have joined Manchester City and West Ham in the race to sign Jeremy Doku. (Miguel Delaney)

Dani Olmo will not leave RB Leipzig this summer. (Philipp Hinze)

Manchester City held an option to match any offer Southampton accepted to sell Romeo Lavia, but declined to match the guaranteed £53 million fee offered by Chelsea. (Duncan Castles)

Leeds United goalkeeper Illan Meslier was among the names to have been offered to Manchester City as a possible back-up keeper signing. (Florian Plettenberg)

Manchester City are currently negotiating with Boca Juniors for the signing of Valentín Barco. The player’s release clause is now $14 million, while a final decision on his future lies with the player. (Leandro Aguilera)

Manchester City are interested in triggering Valentin Barco’s £8 million Boca Juniors release clause. However, it is unclear whether City view Barco as a player who can immediately be integrated into Pep Guardiola’s squad or settle elsewhere. (Jack Gaughan, MailSport)

Manchester City sources have confirmed interest in Boca Juniors’ Valentin Barco. (Martin Blackburn, The Sun)

Michael Olise has committed his future to Crystal Palace signing a new four-year deal. (Official)

Manchester City agreed a deal worth around £1 million to sign Tyrese Noubissie (14) from Leicester City ahead of Premier League rivals. The teenager is set to play for City’s U16s. (Mike McGrath, The Telegraph)

Bayer Leverkusen’s Jeremie Frimpong: “It would be great [to return to Manchester City]… But I don’t know. They have just won the Champions League and are the best team in the world. In the future we will see.” (Marca)


Borussia Dortmund are ‘very interested’ in signing Cole Palmer, and there has been direct talks between the two clubs. However, the player could be too expensive. (Patrick Berger)

Manchester City want over £30 million for Cole Palmer. (Simon Jones, MailSport)

Joao Cancelo is set to join Barcelona. (Simon Jones, MailSport)

Maximo Perrone is close to joining Las Palmas on loan with his agent travelling to Europe to finalise the details of the move. Pep Guardiola suggested Perrone as an option to Las Palmas head coach Francisco Garcia Pimienta. (Mark Critchley, Mario Cortegana – The Athletic)

Manchester City have now generated over £50 million from academy sales this summer – a new club record for money generated from homegrown talent in a transfer window. City have earned around £8 million rising to £9 million from Romeo Lavia‘s transfer to Chelsea. (Simon Bajkowski, Manchester Evening News)

Stefan Ortega to Bayern Munich is being called OFF following discussions last night (Wednesday) and this morning (Thursday). Pep Guardiola and Manchester City are not willing to let go of Ortega, and are not open for another back-up joining the club. (Florian Plettenberg)

Bayern Munich were pushing for a loan deal for Stefan Ortega with Manchester City and a first concrete offer was made to the player. The City goalkeeper was considering joining Bayern, but officials at the Bundesliga club did not want to wait much longer. (Florian Plettenberg)

Nottingham Forest are interested in Manchester City’s Taylor Harwood-Bellis. City want £15 million; a valuation that has put off Burnley and kept West Ham, Fulham and Leeds at a distance. (Alan Nixon)

Cole Palmer on whether he will stay at Manchester City: “I have no idea. I just want to play football. So whatever the best decision is when we speak together, that is what I will do. The best scenario is to stay at City and play but obviously you know what the competition is like, if they bring someone in.

“I don’t know. I just want to play regularly, like lots of minutes and stuff, so we will see. It’s been a couple of good games for me but I don’t know. I will have to see what the future holds. This summer I was playing a lot and when we came back [for pre-season] I was given the opportunity twice.

“I have always been confident but it’s more rhythm, match sharpness and stuff like that. It really helps when you are playing consistently…”

Contract Renewals

No reports

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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