FEATURE: Assessing City’s transfer targets

Recent reports have linked Manchester City with potential interest in some possibly surprising players. The likes of André Ayew, Leroy Sané and Kostas Manolas are just some of the names on the list.

Zach Mascarelli has the low-down on a few of the players who could possibly be playing their football at the Etihad next season.

Kostas Manolas
Age: 25
Position: Centre back
Nationality: Greek
Current Club: AS Roma

Juventus FC v AS Roma - Serie A

According to Sky Sports, Roma boss Luciano Spalletti has told three English clubs to stop pursuing the 25-year-old Greek star as he is not for sale. Chelsea and Manchester United are also looking to snatch up the capable defender. With Pep Guardiola looking to strengthen Manchester City’s backline, and Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho focusing most of his club’s attention on re-signing Paul Pogba, the Blues would seemingly have the upper hand in the race for the defender’s signature.

André Ayew
Age: 26
Position: Winger
Nationality: French
Current Club: Swansea City

Bristol Rovers v Swansea City - Pre-Season Friendly

Next up is Swansea star André Ayew. This is an interesting one considering he hasn’t said he wants to leave, and when asked about the situation, he replied with “I’m happy here. If I have to stay, fine. If I have to leave, I have to leave.” ESPN have recently reported that Napoli and City are interested and both clubs could lure the player away from the South Wales with the temptation of Champions League football.

Leroy Sané
Age: 20
Position: Winger/Attacking midfielder
Nationality: German
Current Club: FC Schalke 04


Next is Schalke youngster Leroy Sané. City are facing more competition in their race for the German attacker. The starlet is worth around £40m and has apparently been given a transfer statement deadline by his current club.

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Infographics courtesy of  KickOff (www.kickoff.co.uk)

Infographics courtesy of KickOff (www.kickoff.co.uk)

Schalke’s new manager Markus Weinzierl is unwilling to part with the player who has been dubbed German football’s next superstar. Information from the Manchester Evening News confirms that City have been eyeing Sané since before Pep Guardiola took over and that Weinzeirl will do everything in his power to keep the player. He has been quoted as saying that “He should stay with Schalke,” and “He is still under contract and the situation is that he has not said to us that he wants to leave this summer.”

John Stones
Age: 22
Position: Centre back
Nationality: English
Current Club: Everton


Finally, recent information has shed light upon the possibility of a £50m transfer of John Stones from Everton. City have been pushing for a deal with the Toffees’ player and are apparently close to or in contract negotiations. Everton are currently holding out for a £50m bid and might want to add City striker Wilfried Bony to the deal. Previously, City did not want to pay the £50m but as the negotiations have continued the Blues are looking as though they may go beyond the £50m to get Stones in faster. What this means for Bony’s future is unclear, but City have been keen on signing a new striker all summer, so Bony could be shown the way out soon.

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Written by Zach Mascarelli

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One comment on “FEATURE: Assessing City’s transfer targets
  1. Sorry, this is a very poor and out of date speculative piece…..everyone who follows City knows the Sane deal is almost done, player HAS told Schalke he wants to leave, Schalke’s DOF has admitted it and there is now an agreement between the clubs. Price is, according to reliable Bundesliga sources, around an initial 39m€ rising to 55m€.
    As for Stones no question of the club going OVER £50m. Journos were comprehensively briefed by City YESTERDAY that we won’t go beyond £40m..
    Back pages today are full of it….
    No doubt negotiations will lumber on and we’ll meet somewhere in the middle around £45m.
    Sorry, but this piece is a bit behind the times. Maybe it was written a week or so ago and you have only just published it?

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