In addition, Manchester City could try to reshape the squad by bringing some big names from European and world football.
Sunday brought a day of more reliable news from the better sources, with the likes of Sam Lee providing a glimpse into the feel and mood of some of the current situations surrounding certain players.
As always, City Xtra is here to take you through the final 24 hours of the Manchester City transfer world …
Left Defender – Rumor Rating: Aug.
Manchester City would be ready to replace left-back Benjamin Mendy this summer, but would not necessarily “oust” the boat for a £ 50m player, according to the ever-reliable Athletic’s Sam Lee. £ 60 million.
The position has been a sore spot in Pep Guardiola’s squad for a while as many players outside of the position played as left-backs to cover Mendy during his frequent injury breaks.
And although the club is affiliated with a number of players across Europe, it becomes clear that the Etihad hierarchy will save the high transfer fees for attacking players.
Pau Torres – Rumor Rating: Jan.
According to Sam Lee, one option Etihad officials are considering to potentially replace Aymeric Laporte is to promise young Spanish defender Pau Torres as part of a lengthy study of the possible changes at Manchester City this summer.
The Villarreal man has other admirers in the Premier League and in Spain and his buyout clause went from € 50million to € 65million earlier this year after a very impressive season for Unai Emery’s side.
Pep Guardiola and Sale – Rumor Rating: 4th
We begin this edition with a statement in the Spanish press, as reported by journalist Gerard Romero of a conversation between Pep Guardiola and two of the key Barcelona board members.
It is alleged that during a meeting between Barcelona President Joan Laporta, football director Mateu Alemany and Manchester City manager last week, Guardiola said that up to seven players could leave Etihad Stadium this summer if they received offers.
This may be true. We already know that the club will be open to offers for a number of key players for a variety of reasons this summer, however there will almost certainly be no active pressure to sell key first-team stars.
Taylor Harwood-Bellis – Rumor Rating: Sept.
With the young center-back on the verge of becoming a first-team member for Etihad, the 19-year-old could be on his way to continue his development.
According to Alan Nixon, who was a reliable source of information on the situation surrounding the Manchester City Academy graduate, the defender is on loan from the Premier League champions for the next season.
It is alleged that Harwood-Bellis could return to the Blackburn Rovers championship team, where he spent last season on loan. Along with the Lancashire club, they are considering the Brentford center-back who recently promoted to the Premier League and would absolutely provide a great experience at the highest level in English football, but their ability to play adequately would be questioned offer time.
Outside England, Nixon writes that a number of German clubs could strike to pick up Harwood-Bellis on loan.
Nathan Ake – Rumor Rating: Jan.
It’s been a relatively disappointing debut season at Etihad for Nathan Ake and possibly for the Dutchman from a personal point of view.
The Dutch international suffered a hamstring injury earlier in the season that banned him from the squad for ten weeks – and while some rumors circulated that Nathan Ake might look elsewhere for a move to find a more consistent playing time, Sam Lee claims that the Player camps have suggested that this is nowhere near the case.
The player really appreciates the work he has done with Pep Guardiola and the Manchester City coaching staff.
He should look forward to a much more promising second season …
Aymeric Laporte – Rumor Rating: 7
With John Stones and Ruben Dias solidifying as Pep Guardiola’s defensive pair, Aymeric Laporte was frustrated with the lack of game time he was given in 2021.
As a result, the now Spain international could try to move away from the Etihad Stadium. The thought of returning to Spain has always appealed to Aymeric Laporte and losing his place on the team has accelerated those plans, claims Sam Lee as part of his latest article for the Athletic.
And while many believe Manchester City will try to make a big splash with Harry Kane and Jack Grealish, Sam Lee says any money received for Laporte would be used to create a replacement for the talented center-back.
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