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From Fabrizio Romano: Man City rejected three bids for Norway international during summer transfer window



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Manchester City officials rejected three proposals during the summer window to sign highly-rated Norway international forward Oscar Bobb, according to Fabrizio Romano.

The Manchester City academy graduate has become a regular fixture in Pep Guardiola’s matchday squads this season, featuring in all competitions so far for the Treble winners and being viewed as an integral component of the squad for the future.

Following the breakthroughs of Phil Foden and Rico Lewis into Manchester City’s first-team squad over the last few seasons, many believe that Oscar Bobb could be the next player to follow such footsteps, and the stance taken by Etihad officials on the player aligns with that.

A new report has detailed the lengths to which Manchester City went during the most recent summer transfer window to retain the player’s talents, in a market that saw them sanction a loan exit for James McAtee and a permanent deal for Cole Palmer.

That is according to the information of transfer insider Fabrizio Romano, who reports that Premier League champions Manchester City rejected three loan bids in August for Norway international Oscar Bobb, including one from Serie A giants Lazio.

Speaking on the subject of a possible loan move away from City during the last summer market, Oscar Bobb told Dagbladet, as translated and relayed by Sport Witness, “It wasn’t that this summer. That’s not the way I want to go. You never know, but I’d rather be at City.”

Continuing on the subject of life at Manchester City itself, the 20-year-old stated, “It’s nice. It’s a place you want to be. It’s the best place you can be to develop and improve as a footballer. There is not one person (inside the dressing room) who stands out.”

Such are Manchester City’s high hopes for the player that it is expected that Etihad Stadium bosses could make a proposal to the representatives of Oscar Bobb to extend his stay with the Premier League champions alongside improved terms.

“My agents and the club take care of that,” Bobb responded when questioned on the possibility of a new contract. “I don’t know anything. That (staying at Manchester City for the rest of his life) would be cool.”

Pep Guardiola has spoken highly of Oscar Bobb on several occasions so far this season, exclaiming his delight at the youngster’s ability to operate in multiple positions across Manchester City’s forward line.

Speaking at the end of September, the Manchester City manager said of Bobb, “Oscar is really good to find in smaller spaces with the creativity he has to find someone. That was the reason (Matheus Nunes was replaced at half-time against Wolves), not because he was playing not good.

“I thought Oscar (Bobb) could give something different (to the team),” Pep Guardiola explained following a narrow defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux.