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Manchester City finalise €65 million transfer agreement as ‘completely crazy bid’ required to sign Germany star



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Premier League champions Manchester City would have to submit a ‘completely crazy bid’ if they are to sign Bayer Leverkusen star Florian Wirtz this summer.

Txiki Begiristain and his Etihad Stadium colleagues are looking to react to the injury to Kevin De Bruyne and the setback in their Lucas Paqueta pursuit by signing a new central midfielder before the transfer deadline in the coming weeks.

That hunt is expected to intensify as soon as Jeremy Doku puts pen to paper on his Manchester City contract, with the Belgium international expected in the north-west this week after the treble winners reached an agreement on a transfer fee with Stade Rennais.

Here is your comprehensive round-up of everything from day 66 of the summer transfer window concerning Manchester City!


Manchester City and Stade Rennais have reached a total agreement for Jeremy Doku in a total package worth €65 million. Doku will fly to Manchester on Tuesday, with his City medical tests scheduled for Wednesday. (Sacha Tavolieri)

Jeremy Doku to Manchester City: Here We Go. (Fabrizio Romano)

After securing Jeremy Doku, Manchester City will continue their search for a midfielder. (Rob Dawson, ESPN)

Only a ‘completely crazy bid’ from Manchester City could change Bayer Leverkusen’s stance on Florian Wirtz this summer. No negotiations are taking place at this stage and sources expect the midfielder to stay, while Leverkusen are not even quoting a price. (Fabrizio Romano)

Bayer Leverkusen are determined to keep reported Florian Wirtz until the Euros next summer, and will expect over €100 million when they do eventually sell. A move right now would be ‘very difficult’. (Stefan Bienkowski)

West Ham had agreed a deal in-principle with Manchester City to sell Lucas Paqueta for £85 million before the transfer collapsed as a result of the FA investigation. (Sami Mokbel, MailSport)


Barcelona are currently finalising a deal to sign Joao Cancelo from Manchester City, and it is expected that the defender will join on loan with an option to buy. (Pol Ballus, The Athletic)

Manchester City’s agreement with Barcelona for Joao Cancelo is likely to be a loan with an obligation to buy next summer worth around £25 million. (Rob Dawson, ESPN)

Liverpool are considering a move for Kalvin Phillips. The Manchester City midfielder had planned to stay and fight for his place at the club, but Liverpool could now test the player’s resolve after adding him to their shortlist. (talkSPORT)

Manchester City will loan Kalvin Phillips this summer in a bid to ‘get his career on track’. Even with departures, City feel they can do without the midfielder for a season in the hope he can ‘re-invent himself’. Phillips has been offered to various Premier League clubs and could even interest some teams in Europe. While Liverpool have been linked, they are yet to commit and may feel they have enough in that area of the pitch. (Alan Nixon)

Contract Renewals

Manchester City are close to agreeing new contracts with Bernardo Silva and Kyle Walker. (Rob Dawson, ESPN)

Confirmed Departures

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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