Despite securing the signing of Julián Álvarez from River Plate on the last day of the January transfer window, Manchester City are understood to be in the hunt for a centre-forward at the end of the campaign, with the move for Ferran Torres. to join Barcelona further exhausting their options above.
Pep Guardiola’s side regained their six-point lead at the top of the Premier League when a brace from Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez sealed an elegant 4-1 derby win over cross-town rivals Manchester United, the weekend.
In the last 24 hours it has been reported that Manchester City are outbidding Real Madrid for Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund as things stand, while Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain have been linked with a summer raid for Riyad Mahrez. .
Since a lot is expected to happen on the transfer front in the coming months, Xtra City bring you the latest live Manchester City transfer news and gossip from around the world.
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11:51 – City ready to outbid other offers for Haaland
Sport/Sport witness: Manchester City have told Erling Haaland that they will improve any offer they make this summer.
Officials at the Etihad Stadium are working to ensure the forward is not ‘slip through his fingers’ and they are ‘optimistic’ about his chances of signing him.
10:53 – City got a big boost in pursuit of Haaland
Louis Carrasco: Erling Haaland’s father, Alf-Inge, prefers Manchester City out of the options available to the player this summer.
09:50 – City monitoring Dybala’s situation
Gazzetta dello Sport/Get Football News Italy: Manchester City are ready to keep an eye on Paulo Dybala’s situation in Turin, with contract talks between the striker’s camp and Juventus soon to take place ahead of the summer transfer window.
The Argentine’s initial wish is to stay with the Bianconeri and he would even be happy to finish his career there. However, Juventus will only propose a salary that will be significantly lower than the one the parties were about to agree on in 2021.
It has previously been suggested that while Dybala is not interested in playing in England, Manchester City are the only club he can make an exception for, with Atletico Madrid also keeping an eye on the attacker.
09:40 – City interested in Diego Carlos
Transfers: Manchester City and Liverpool have been credited with an interest in Sevilla defender Diego Carlos, who could potentially leave the La Liga side for a fee in the region of €45-60m this summer, three years after his move to Spain from Nantes for 15 million euros.
09:35 – City keen to sign left-back despite Cancelo’s form
Jack Gaughan/Daily Mail: City have wanted a natural left-back before next season despite the continued excellence of Joao Cancelo, but sources have suggested he is now seen as a lower priority.
It’s a development that could signify some kind of confidence at City that they are ready to spend big on a figurehead. However, the need for a left back remains.
Arsenal’s marauding defender Kieran Tierney, 24, fits the profile of the type of player Guardiola hopes to sign.
But Manchester City, credited with interest in Abner Vinicius at Athletico Paranaense and AC Milan’s Theo Hernandez before signing a new contract, may now opt for a less expensive option, with its eyes and checkbook fixed on Erling Haaland.
09:35 – Haaland deal considered City’s main target
Jack Gaughan/Daily Mail: Landing Erling Haaland ahead of Real Madrid is City’s main objective, and January’s capture of River Plate’s Julián Álvarez doesn’t change that.
It will be a huge outlay as the deal is likely to be closer to £100m after adding agents’ fees and a sign-on bonus to the £63m release clause.
09:10 – City have a crucial lead in the Haaland chase
Sports world/Sports Witness: Manchester City has a ‘advantage’ in the race for Erling Haaland, the player is attracted to play for Pep Guardiola, even if he likes Spain. Although Mino Raiola would push his client to Barcelona, the final decision will be Haaland’s.
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