Welcome to Sky Blue News. Here’s the rundown of Tuesday’s top stories.
Saul throws a wet blanket on the Silva-to-AC Milan news with this report from twitter.
Bernardo Silva is still trying to exit the club. Recent reports had him agreeing to terms with AC Milan and a deal could be in the works. The cold water arrives when Manchester City want at least 50 million euros and Milan are not going to spend more than 40.
Adding to that, Jon Smith of Goal reported this morning-
Bernardo Silva being linked with a switch to AC Milan. My understanding is that there is no expectation that he will be moving there— Jonathan Smith (@jonnysmiffy) August 24, 2021
So unless Milan meet the valuation there is no chance he will leave this window. Silva has performed decently well in for City so far, but he could make this all a mess if he pushes harder to exit in the last week of the window.
“My Understanding Is...” - Journalist Provides Update on Bernardo Silva Future Amid AC Milan Links - Freddie Pye - City Xtra
Freddie Pye reminds us that Bernardo’s favored league has plenty of teams with financial difficulties that might prevent them from making a move.
With Bernardo Silva still seemingly on the hunt for a Manchester City exit this summer, and super agent Jorge Mendes looking to find a potential suitor in the remaining days of the ongoing window, the options for the player are limited.
There has been a feeling throughout the summer that Silva would lean towards a switch to Spain, however finances in La Liga have been a stumbling block, with Manchester City looking for a fee in excess of €60 million.
At present, there remains a feeling that the most likely destination is Atletico Madrid, especially with Saul Niguez attracting interest from the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea in the Premier League.
Manchester City prepare final bid for Tottenham striker Harry Kane - Rohan Sengupta - Man City Square
Rohan breaks down the stance of each party in this Premier League standoff.
Kane has seemingly made his intentions clear of his desire to leave his boyhood club this summer in pursuit of trophies, which has eluded him so far in his career.
The Daily Telegraph claims Manchester City remain interested in the 28-year-old striker but it would take more than a staggering £150million to lure him away from north London.
The report adds Spurs chief Daniel Levy, who is a notoriously tough negotiator, would only consider selling Kane if he receives a bid of around £150m, although he remains against the idea of selling his prized asset to a Premier League rival.
Man City risk handing Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea huge title advantage if transfer strategy stalls - Stuart Brennan - Manchester Evening News
Brennan believes the City must add Kane or risk being left behind.
It was plain for all to see, once Sergio Aguero’s departure was announced, that the Blues needed a focal point up front, a goalscorer and totem who could fill Kun’s prolific boots.
Harry Kane was the clear choice, and City have still not abandoned hope of landing him, although their strategy appears to be a game of brinksmanship with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, hoping that the player’s want-away stance will force the issue.
Guardiola has put a brave front on things, saying he will be more than happy playing out this season with the squad he has at present.
Zoheb Alam of MCS thinks City may already have two young players to help fill the gap.
This season, Manchester City will have to depend on the services of Ferran Torres and Gabriel Jesus. From the latter’s perspective, getting starts and more regular minutes will likely solve his problem at the club.
In recent times, Jesus’s future at the club has been under a lot of speculation as few reports stated that the Brazilian wanted to leave the club this summer. For now, the former Palmeiras man looks set to stay under Guardiola especially after being handed a new lease of life at the Etihad this summer.
Whereas for Ferran Torres, things look in order for the Spaniard as he has showcased his capabilities upfront and has turned out to be an asset for the team since his move from Valencia last summer.
Harry Kane Man City transfer could be unnecessary if Liam Delap seizes his chance - Stuart Brennan - Manchester Evening News
Stuart adds to his earlier article with the thought of a City starlet developing into a Kane-like striker in the not-too-distant future.
Many City fans will be gutted if the Blues don’t land the man who was their primary target at the start of the summer. But many more - those of a more traditional nature - will be glad for the chance it will afford to Liam Delap, the teenage striker who has just signed a contract extension aimed at keeping him for the next five years.
If Delap was a couple of years older, and had continued his current rate of progress, there is every chance City would not need to be contemplating a new British transfer record to land the England skipper.
The fact is that Delap is actually ahead of Kane at the same age, playing at a higher level and scoring more freely.
Manchester City could not allow Ederson and Gabriel Jesus to travel for CONMEBOL Qualifiers - Saul Garcia - Bitter and Blue
And finally, Saul details what may become a sticky issue for Man City and other top European clubs as the International window draws ever closer.
The club believes that with the re-entering rules as strict as they are this will not allow the team to be fully prepared or ready for their exclusion. Another report had them missing as many as 12 matches before they’d be allowed back in the fold which is ludicrous.
City should be able to deny Brazil their players, but FIFA is thought to be playing hardball and could force City and all major European clubs to release the players regardless of re-entry rules.
One possible deal is there could be a major exception made for ‘extraordinary talent’ as has been done in the past.
A wrinkle there is the current rules has players having to quarantine for ten days in a hotel upon their return to the UK. That could be lessened for vaccinated individuals and made shorter.
Manchester City could not allow Ederson and Gabriel Jesus to travel for CONMEBOL Qualifiers https://t.co/6UxTXPMeVp— Bitter and Blue (@BitterandBlue1) August 24, 2021
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