Manchester City: Potential Transfers In and Out at the Etihad

David Silva

The 2023 summer transfer window has kicked off with a flurry of activity at Manchester City. Several significant developments have emerged regarding the future of key players, including Riyad Mahrez, Aymeric Laporte and prospect James McAtee. Interest from Saudi Arabia continues to surround the Algerian international. Meanwhile, Bernardo Silva has attracted attention from PSG, who are interested in a potential swap deal for the player. Although his preference lies in a move to Spain.

New Faces at the Etihad

Pep Guardiola has plans to include James McAtee in the City first-team squad next season. City will reject any loan offers for the prospect. The Daily Mail reports that the club intends to provide McAtee an opportunity to develop alongside established stars like “Kevin de Bruyne” and “Phil Foden”. McAtee is also due for a new contract at Manchester City.

Mateo Kovacic, the Chelsea midfielder, is anticipating a transfer to City, with both clubs expected to reach an agreement on the fee soon. The Croatian international could bolster City’s midfield options for the upcoming season.

Manchester City has also explored the possibility of signing Chelsea’s attacking midfielder, Kai Havertz, adding to their list of potential arrivals. The German international could provide additional creativity and firepower to Guardiola’s side.

The treble-winners are on the verge of securing a deal with RB Leipzig’s talented defender, Josko Gvardiol. Pep Guardiola recognizes the need for reinforcement in the center-back position, particularly on the left side, given the potential departure of Aymeric Laporte. Gvardiol’s signing would provide both immediate strength and long-term prospects for City’s defensive line.

Players Exiting Manchester City

Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez has received an official contract offer from Al Ahli, sparking negotiations with Manchester City. The club will demand a suitable fee for his sale, and it is uncertain if the deal will materialize.

Despite interest from Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), Bernardo Silva is reportedly eyeing a move to Spain. Manchester City has requested PSG to include 17 year-old midfielder Warren Zaïre-Emery in a potential deal. However, the French club has rejected the proposition. Gianluigi Donnarumma and Marco Verrati are also linked with a move to the Etihad in a potential swap deal.

Kalvin Phillips has expressed his eagerness to stay and prove himself at the Etihad, despite Manchester City considering offers for the midfielder.

While young goalkeeper James Trafford has caught the interest of Burnley, they do not view him as their primary choice. City expects Cole Palmer to leave on loan, aiming for him to gain valuable experience and return more prepared for senior football.

Furthermore, Nottingham Forest has shown interest in acquiring Carlos Borges, valued at £11 million by Manchester City. Talks are currently in the preliminary stage, leaving room for the possibility of a loan move and a potential contract extension.

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