In this article, we will cover all of today’s Manchester City transfer news.
Gabriel Jesus attracting interest
Despite the persistent absence of Sergio Aguero last campaign, Gabriel Jesus, Manchester City’s only other recognised striker, struggled.
The Brazilian was often overlooked, with Pep Guardiola preferring to deploy Kevin De Bruyne in a false 9 position, a tactic that worked brilliantly as the Citizens charged home to the Premier League title. The Brazilian started 22 league games, but had become a substitute by the end of the campaign, a path that looks to continue should he remain in Manchester.
As such, it is unsurprising to see the 24-year-old linked with a move away. According to Calciomercarto, Juventus are interested in the forward, as they look to plan for a future without the ageing Cristiano Ronaldo.
Juventus will have to pay £43m in order to sign Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City.
The Serie A side have identified the 24-year-old Brazilian striker, who has two years left on his City contract, as one of their top targets. (Calciomercato – in Italian) pic.twitter.com/8FtdMBeZmM
— Global Watch Football (@gwfootball_) July 19, 2021
However, the 43 million pound fee demanded by the English club could well prove a stumbling block to the deal, with City unlikely to lower their asking price unless the player were to push for a move.
Nuno Mendes in the crosshairs
With the funds generated from a potential sale of Gabriel Jesus, Manchester City may be better placed to make a bit for top full-back target Nuno Mendes. The left-back impressed in his first full season with Sporting, and at 19-years-old, is considered one of the most promising full-backs in world football.
Manchester City are interested in signing Nuno Mendes. He’s considered a top left back for the future – but City board have no intention to pay full €50m price tag to Sporting. 🔵🇵🇹 #MCFC
Sporting are not accepting any proposal around €30m, as of today. Race still open.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 19, 2021
However, Manchester City are yet to make a satisfactory bid, as Fabrizio Romano reports, with “no intention” to pay the 50 million euro asking price. Were they able to shift some of the expensive fringe players however, they may decide that it is an investment worth making.
Riyad Mahrez set for new deal
Riyad Mahrez had an impressive campaign at the Etihad last time out. Scoring vital Champions League goals against PSG, he also chipped in with nine goals and six assists in 27 Premier League appearances.
Man City ‘keen to tie Riyad Mahrez down to a new contract’ after key role in title win https://t.co/M2y5w7XP3w
— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) July 19, 2021
Now, as per MailSport, Guardiola is “keen to tie Mahrez down to a new contract”, which could see the Algerian international see out his footballing career at the Etihad stadium.
Would this be a good move for all parties?