The latest players linked with a move to Manchester City…
Kalidou Koulibaly – Manchester City are being offered Koulibaly for £60m, with Napoli keen to complete a deal (Mirror, August 19); Napoli are willing to sell Koulibaly this summer but he is 29 – although that hasn’t stopped the Italian club’s president Aurelio De Laurentiis valuing him at €80m (£72m)… Our colleagues at Sky Italy have excellent contacts at Napoli and they are confident that City want Koulibaly despite his age and price tag (Sky Sports, August 17); City are hoping rivals Manchester United announce they are not interested in signing Napoli’s Senegal defender to avoid a bidding war (Manchester Evening News, August 10).
Lionel Messi – City believe they are in pole position to sign the Argentine if he quits Barcelona in the aftermath of the club’s Champions League humiliation (Mirror, August 16); Messi has told Barcelona he wants to leave the club immediately, with Manchester City leading the race for the 33-year-old Argentina forward (Esporte Interativo, August 17).
Harry Winks – City are lining up a shock £40m bid for the Spurs midfielder with Jose Mourinho willing to sell (The Sun, August 14).
Thiago Alcantara – City have entered the race for Bayern Munich’s Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara and are believed to be offering more than Liverpool for the 29-year-old (Bild, August 13).
Diego Carlos – City have ‘moved seriously’ to capture Carlos from Sevilla, but it is ‘feasible’ they may look elsewhere with a deal potentially proving difficult (El Desmarque, August 3); Liverpool will face competition from Manchester City as they look to sign Sevilla centre-back Diego Carlos. (Mirror, August 1).
David Alaba – Chelsea and City are among a number of leading clubs who are monitoring whether Alaba signs a new contract at Bayern Munich (Daily Telegraph, July 31); City have received a major transfer boost after Alaba’s talks with Bayern hit a stalemate (Bild, July 30).
Dani Ceballos – City are eyeing up a shock move for the midfielder if Arsenal don’t extend his stay at the Emirates (Express, July 27).Ismael Bennacer – City are keen to sign AC Milan midfielder Ismael Bennacer, but face competition from Paris St-Germain with the 22-year-old Algerian’s fee set to exceed £45m. (Le10 Sport, July 23).
Jose Gimenez – City have been told they must pay £109.1m to sign the Atletico Madrid defender (Sunday Times, July 19).
Eric Garcia – Barcelona are unlikely to pay more than £13.4m) for City’s wantaway Spanish defender (ESPN, August 11). Barcelona will test the water with a £14m bid for the City starlet (Sun, August 8); Guardiola says Garcia has told City he does not want to sign a new contract and believes the young defender wants to leave the club (August 6); City are looking at opening contract talks with Garcia amid interest from Barcelona (Mail, June 5).
Nicolas Otamendi – City are ready to slash the asking price for after the £41m signing of defender Nathan Ake (Sun, August 10).
John Stones – Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is hoping to snap up Manchester City defender Stones in a bargain £20m deal (Daily Mirror, August 9); Stones could be set for a reunion with former boss David Moyes at West Ham as City begin a clear-out (The Sun, July 31).
David Silva – Silva will reportedly join Lazio on a three-year deal when he leaves City after their Champions League run comes to an end (Mirror, August 12); The midfielder’s father has confirmed the City midfielder is open to a move to Italy amid speculation linking with him with Lazio (Sky Sports, August 7); Lazio are confident of signing the City and former Spain midfielder, 34, who will become a free agent this summer (Sky Sports, August 7).
Pep Guardiola – The Manchester City manager won’t be leaving the Etihad any time soon, despite the club’s disappointing exit from the Champions League, according to his agent (Daily Express, August 18); The Spaniard says talks over his City future can wait. (The Sun, July 15); City will offer Guardiola a lucrative new long-term deal after the club’s Champions League ban was overturned (Mirror, July 14).