Transfer news, rumours and gossip from the Etihad Stadium
Monday 5 October 2020 22:46, UK
Eric Garcia will be staying at Man City after Barcelona failed to meet their valuation for the central defender.
Sky Sports News reporter Ben Ransom had previously said on Monday afternoon: "Regarding Eric Garcia, so far Barcelona haven't met Man City's valuation for the defender. We understand Barcelona will pay around £10million for him as he's only got less than 12 months left on his deal. He would be able to leave on a free at the end of the season. City feel Garcia is worth more to them than £10m - they are looking for £20m. A compromise is required."
"A transfer that doesn't necessarily need to be done today is Tosin Adarabioyo. He impressed on loan in the Championship last season at Blackburn and there has been Premier League interest in the player during the summer but so far he's not got any offers to leave. Fulham have been linked and it remains to be seen if they can do a deal today.
"Another deal we are expecting is Patrick Roberts - who's spent pretty much the entire time of his City career away from the club - we expect him to go back to Middlesbrough. That could be done today but it would fall under the domestic transfer rule."
City are in the market for a left back if they sell Oleksandr Zinchenko. Sky Sports News has been told that there is early interest in Ajax's Nicolas Tagliafico.
The 28-year-old Argentine defender was on the target list at a number of Premier League clubs this summer, including Chelsea and Leicester.
South American football expert Tim Vickery told Sky Sports:
"City would be interesting as a move because Tagliafico is Argentina's first-choice left-back. He's 28 so he doesn't have much of a sell-on value, and I don't think he's the greatest defender in the world and he doesn't give you what an Andrew Robertson does at Liverpool - the constant attacking presence.
"But City could set up in a different way. They've got wingers to give you width, and if you're looking for a full-back who can construct from deep and arrive as an element of surprise, then Tagliafico is quite classy and could fill that role for City.
"Looking back at their Champions League exit to Lyon, he was the type of player that was missing from the team that day. If this move does go through, I do feel he has things to bring to the table."
Manchester City have signed Benfica defender Ruben Dias for £65m, with Nicolas Otamendi moving in the opposite direction.
Manchester City target Kalidou Koulibaly will stay at Napoli this summer, according to the Serie A club's sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli.
David Alaba - Manchester City's chances of signing David Alaba have been dealt a blow with Bayern Munich insisting they will not sell the defender even though he is in the final year of his contract (Daily Telegraph, October 1); City are set to rival neighbours United for the Bayern Munich defender after talks over a new contract stalled (The Sun, September 27); Chelsea and City are among a number of leading clubs who are monitoring whether Alaba signs a new contract at Bayern Munich (Daily Telegraph, July 31); City have received a major transfer boost after Alaba's talks with Bayern hit a stalemate (Bild, July 30).
Alaba and Nicolas Tagliafico - Manchester City are considering a move for Bayern Munich's Alaba or Ajax's Tagliafico, but any prospects of strengthening in the left-back position are likely to hinge on the club offloading Oleksandr Zinchenko (Daily Telegraph, September 30)
Jules Kounde - Sevilla are bracing themselves for a second bid from Manchester City for the defender and could find an offer in the region of £60m-£64m hard to resist (ESPN, September 26); Manchester City are in talks with Sevilla to sign Kounde as they ramp up their search for a centre-back (Sky Sports, September 25); The Sevilla defender has emerged as City's latest defensive target, with Pep Guardiola impressed by the French U21 international (Sky Sports News, September 21); City have discussed Sevilla defender Kounde as a potential alternative to Kalidou Koulibaly (Daily Mail, September 18).
Kalidou Koulibaly - PSG have leapfrogged City in the race for Koulibaly, with the French club negotiating a £75m move (The Telegraph, September 22); Koulibaly is City's top target but negotiations are proving difficult, with relations between City and Napoli frosty after a breakdown of a deal for Jorginho in 2018 (Sky Sports News, September 21); Napoli have set a strict deadline for clubs who are interested in signing Koulibaly, which means Manchester United and Manchester City will have to act fast to land the defender (Daily Star, September 15).
Diego Carlos - Kounde's Sevilla team-mate Carlos is also on City's radar (Sky Sports News, September 21); City have 'moved seriously' to capture Carlos from Sevilla (El Desmarque, August 3); Liverpool will face competition from Manchester City as they look to sign Sevilla centre-back Diego Carlos. (Mirror, August 1).
Jose Gimenez - City have also looked at Atletico Madrid's Jose Gimenez, although his £80m value might price them out of a move (Sky Sports News, September 21)
Dayot Upamecano - City are looking to get one over their cross-city rivals Manchester United as they have reportedly opened talks with the RB Leipzig defender (Express, September 13).
Jeremy Doku - Manchester City have shown interest in the Belgium forward and could use Vincent Kompany to land the Anderlecht teenager (Daily Telegraph, September 11)
Houssem Aouar - City are set to battle Arsenal for the Lyon midfielder's signature (Daily Mirror, September 10)
Courtney Clarke - Manchester City and West Ham have sent scouts to Whyteleafe FC in Croydon to watch non-league teenager Clarke (Daily Telegraph, September 7).
Lionel Messi - The Argentine forward says he will remain at Barcelona next season after performing a shock U-turn on his future (September 5).
Adama Traore - Wolves may sell the winger after Nuno Espirito Santo was told he needed to raise transfer funds which leaves Liverpool and Manchester City to battle it out. (Sunday Mirror, August 23).
Lautaro Martinez - Manchester City will step up their efforts to sign a striker with the Inter Milan star their number one target (The Sun, August 22).Confirmed Man City signings
Nathan Ake - City have completed the signing of the Bournemouth defender for £41m on a five-year deal (August 5).
Ferran Torres - City have completed the signing of the Valencia winger (August 4).
Scott Carson - Manchester City have re-signed goalkeeper Scott Carson on a season-long loan deal from Derby (August 20).
Eric Garcia - City have agreed a deal with Barcelona to sell Garcia for 18m euros (El Chiringuito, September 21); Barcelona have made a bid of £7.2m to sign Manchester City defender Garcia, according to reports in Spain (Daily Mail, September 9); Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman aims to bring Eric Garcia back to the Nou Camp this summer (The Sun, August 21)
Jamie Bynoe-Gittens - Borussia Dortmund will complete the signing of Manchester City wonderkid Bynoe-Gittens by the start of next week (Daily Mail, September 18)
John Stones - The defender is prepared to fight for his Manchester City future - even if it means putting his Euros dream on the line (The Sun On Sunday, August 23); Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is hoping to snap up Manchester City defender Stones in a bargain £20m deal (Daily Mirror, August 9); Stones could be set for a reunion with former boss David Moyes at West Ham as City begin a clear-out (The Sun, July 31).
Pep Guardiola - The Manchester City manager won't be leaving the Etihad any time soon, despite the club's disappointing exit from the Champions League, according to his agent (Daily Express, August 18); The Spaniard says talks over his City future can wait. (The Sun, July 15); City will offer Guardiola a lucrative new long-term deal after the club's Champions League ban was overturned (Mirror, July 14).
Sergio Aguero - City have not ruled out handing Aguero a new contract to keep the Argentine striker at the Etihad until 2022. (Sunday Mirror, July 12); Inter Milan could attempt to lure Aguero away from City by using defender Milan Skriniar as part of the deal (Calciomercato, June 29)
Leroy Sane - The Germany forward has completed his £54.8m transfer to Bayern Munich (July 3).
Jack Harrison - The 23-year-old has returned to Leeds on a season-long loan (August 10).
David Silva - The City legend has joined Real Sociedad (August 30)
Angelino - The wing-back as re-joined RB Leipzig on a season-long (September 8).
Phil Foden - City are set to offer the 20-year-old a new contract and increase his wages from £30,000-a-week to more than £150,000-a-week (90min, September 27)
Kevin De Bruyne - Manchester City's bid to secure Kevin De Bruyne to a new £350,000-a-week contract has been put on hold following the arrest of the midfielder's agent in Belgium (Sunday Mirror, August 30).
Fernandinho - The 35-year-old midfielder would like to finish his career in his homeland (Manchester Evening News, June 19).