There’s been a fair few rumours at Manchester City in the last 24 hours. Following the unveiling of midfielder Jack Grealish, the blues have been rumoured to be pursuing striker Harry Kane from Spurs, a possible swap deal involving Aymeric Laporte and possible contract talks with Raheem Sterling.
We start at Spurs and the ongoing saga that is the search for a new striker to replace Sergio Aguero. It was evident on Saturday that the blues need a new target man and Pep Guardiola has his heart set on Kane. With City unwilling to meet Spurs’ exceptionally high price tag, defender Aymeric Laporte is rumoured to be part of a deal that brings the England captain north.
Laporte is believed to want to leave the club this summer, however a move to Spurs may not be on his wish list, preferring instead to move to Spain of Italy, with Barcelona and Juventus interested in his signature. Considering Barca’s current financial state, Italy looks most likely to be his next destination.
Moving on to Raheem Sterling and the Sun reports the blues are about to open contract talks. The England winger was another rumoured to be offered to Spurs in order to secure Kane’s signature, and the 26 year old was also reluctant to move to North London.
Contract talks stalled last month and after the signing of Grealish from Aston Villa, it looked like an exit may have been on the cards, particularly as his form dipped towards the end of last season and he found himself on the bench ore often.
Not quite as complicated for John Stones though. The rejuvenated defender formed a solid partnership with Ruben Dias at the heart of the City defence and was also an unsung hero in England’s run to the Euro 2020 final. Stones excellent form has been rewarded with a new five year contract that keeps him at City until 2026.
Stones had just 12 months left on his contract and should he see out his new deal, it will see him spend ten years at the club which has seen the former Everton man win three Premier League titles, two League Cups, and FA Cup and two Community Shields.