Negotiations Begin For Jorginho: According to various outlets, Manchester City have opened up formal talks with Napoli for Jorginho. Txiki Bergirstain has put forth a €45million (£39.3million) bid for the midfielder. According to these reports, while the talks are opened up, they are far apart on the price. Napoli want atleast €75million (£65.5million) for the player. The two sides are far apart on a deal at the moment, but according to sources close to Napoli, they expect an official offer to be sent to them from Man City within a week, via email. Napoli are also waiting to see what manager Maurizio Sarri decides to do with his future. He is heavily linked with a move to Chelsea, to replace the likely outgoing Antonio Conte. According to these reports, if Sarri does decide to go, he may bring Jorginho with him.
Man City Lining Up Massive Bid For Eden Hazard: According to reports, Manchester City are lining up a bid for disgruntled Chelsea Star Eden Hazard, if he decides to leave the club in the summer. The player is apparently unsettled and frustrated with the direction Chelsea are taking at the moment, and is deciding his future this summer. Hazard has been linked with City before, and it is understood that Pep Guardiola is a massive admirer of the player. He apparently tried to lure him to Bayern Munich when Pep was in Germany. If Hazard is to leave in the summer, Manchester City would be willing to break their transfer record for the player, lining up a £100 million ($135m) bid for the player. They also would be willing to match his £300,000 a week wages.
Managerial Updates: Two former Manchester City managers have found new jobs, and 1 current manager has agreed in principle to take on a new job. According to the Italian Football federation, Roberto Mancinni has become the next manager of Italy. The former City manger will sign a two year deal and take over the helm at Italy, who failed to reach the World Cup in Russia. The news of Mancinni as Italy’s manger is also good news for former Man City player Mario Balotelli. Balotelli has been recalled by Italy and is being called up for the first time since 2014. Balotelli hasnt featured for Italy since the World Cup in 2014, but after finding recent success in France with Nice, Balotelli will feature for Italy again.
Manuel Pellegrini has left Chinese Club, China Fortune amid speculation that he is to take over at West Ham United. The former Manchester City manager, who won two EFL titles, a Premiere League and a Semi Final berth in the Champions League has spent the past 2 years in China after Pep Guardiola took over at Man City. Pellegrini is expected to take over at West Ham and sign a 3 year contract.
Growing speculation around Manchester City officials, as they now believe Mikel Arteta will become the next manager of Arsenal F.C. According to sources, Arteta has agreed in principle to become the next manager of Arsenal. No contract has been signed yet, but speculation is he will be announced in the coming days as the next manager. Arteta spent the last year under the wings of Pep Guardiola, who is grooming him to become a manager.
Iniesta to Replace Arteta As Player Manager? According to reports, with Arteta set to take over at Arsenal, Pep Guardiola has lined up Andres Iniesta to replace Arteta as a player manager at Man City. Iniesta will play his last match for Barcelona today against Real Sociedad, and has been linked with a move to China. The deal has apparently fell through, with Iniesta now keen on joining Pep Guardiola. Iniesta has been linked with a move to Man City before, but his adamant statement of “never playing for another club in Europe” shot those links down. His mind has apparently been swayed by his former coach, with Iniesta himself confirming that Pep Guardiola has been contacting him. Speaking to the media, Iniesta confirmed that Pep had been in contact with him, stating, “Pep sent me messages, yes”.