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Manchester City chase Atletico Madrid star Rodri in potential record deal

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Manchester City are lining up a bid for Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri this summer but might have to break their transfer record to get him, according to reports. 

Rodri, 22, has impressed for Atletico since his €25 million move from Villarreal last summer with a series of intelligent displays. He has a £60.6 million release clause in his contract and it is believed Atletico bosses are unwilling to let him go for anything less, according to The Telegraph.

City’s current record signing is Riyad Mahrez, who cost £60 million when he joined from Leicester City last summer.

City boss Pep Guardiola is known to be looking for a midfielder as a long-term replacement for the ageing Fernandinho. In addition, the future of Ilkay Gundogan is uncertain – he is yet to sign a new deal and only has a year left on his current contract so may be sold this summer to avoid the possibility of losing him on a free in 2020.

There is likely to be competition for Rodri’s signature from other clubs in Spain and around Europe. However, one potential destination, Barcelona, looks unlikely as they have signed Frenkie de Jong from Ajax.

Manchester City eye West Ham wonderkid Declan Rice as Fernandinho replacement

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Premier League champions Manchester City are plotting a summer bid for West Ham United’s teenage midfielder Declan Rice as they look for a long-term replacement for Fernandinho, according to reports.

City manager Pep Guardiola is apparently keeping tabs on the teenager, who has cemented his place in the Hammers’ first team this season with a series of impressive and assured displays, with an eye to a bid in the summer. The way Rice reads the game and influences play has been likened to his Brazilian counterpart.

Fernandinho has been a mainstay for City in recent seasons but will turn 34 before the end of the season, so Guardiola is looking to the medium-term and finding a replacement for him, given that there is no obvious candidate within the current first team squad.

Guardiola will monitor Rice’s progress for the rest of the season to see if he can maintain his form throughout a season.

Rice, 19, only signed a new five-year contract last month – which means that West Ham can demand top dollar for him – but this is apparently not putting City off, according to The Sun. After all, money is no object for the Saudi-backed club.

The youngster has also yet to decide on his international future. He is eligible to play for England and the Republic of Ireland. England boss Gareth Southgate names his next squad next month, and it is thought he is keen to secure Rice for the Three Lions. This may also have a bearing on Guardiola’s thinking as he will count as a home-grown player.

Any bid for Rice will likely have to be in excess of £50 million, given his contract length, age and potential.

Manchester City target £100 million summer move for Real Madrid star Isco

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Manchester City want to bring Real Madrid forward Isco to the Etihad Stadium this summer, but have been warned it will take a bid of more than £100 million to sign him. 

Isco appears to have fallen out of favour at Madrid under new manager Santiago Solari, which has alerted clubs across Europe to his potential availability.

While City boss Pep Guardiola has apparently ruled out new signings in January – although the club have been linked to various players, including Leicester City left-back Ben Chilwell – he will look to strengthen further in the summer.

Isco, 26, is coming into his peak years and would provide more competition for places up front at City.

However, he isn’t going to come cheap. Isco is under contract at Madrid until 2022 and Real President Florentino Perez has been quoted by Spanish newspaper AS a saying he wants more than £100 million for him.
There would also be strong competition for his signature from clubs around Europe – with many of the big names also likely to be interested.

Manchester City and Barcelona set to battle it out for £75 million rated Frenkie de Jong

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Premier League champions Manchester City are set to lock horns with La Liga rivals Barcelona to sign Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong this summer.

Both sides are looking for a central midfielder and de Jong has caught the eye with some stellar performances in the Eredivisie this season, as well as starring for Holland in the Nations League recently. He only broke into the team earlier in September, but has quickly established himself in the team under manager Ronald Koeman.

City missed out on Jorginho to Chelsea in the summer, and manager Pep Guardiola has turned his attention to de Jong, who could be a long-term successor to Fernandinho.

But other clubs are interested in the 21-year-old who has, perhaps inevitably, been dubbed in some quarters in Holland as ‘the new Johann Cruyff’ due to his style of play. Chief among those is Barcelona, who are rebuilding their midfield, but it is thought that other top European clubs are also interested.

However, Ajax will want top dollar for their star player. Various reports have put a £75 million price tag on de Jong’s head – and he is contracted to the Amsterdam-based club until 2022.

Ajax bosses are also insistent that they won’t sell him in the upcoming transfer window. However, come the summer, they may not be able to resist bids for him, especially if de Jong’s star continues to rise as it has done in the past 12 months.

Manchester City target January Junior Firpo signing

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is keeping tabs on Real Betis left-back Junior Firpo with a view to making a move for him in January.

Spanish under-21 international Firpo has put in some impressive performances in La Liga, but Betis have inserted a £54 million release clause into his contract to try and ward off potential suitors.

Guardiola is looking for cover at left-back. While Benjamin Mendy has been in excellent form this season, he was injured for most of the 2017/18 season and Guardiola was frustrated at his lack of cover in the position.

Spanish outlet eldesmarque has reported City’s interest, but whether anything concrete will come remains to be seen – £54 million is a lot for a defender yet to make his full international bow.