Manchester City Transfer News: Ajax midfielder chooses French club amid interest from Man City and Barcelona; City decides on Real Madrid's Isco and more - January 17, 2019
Hello and welcome to the Manchester City Transfer corner.
The transfer window is into its third week, and several big name players are linked with the club from the blue side of Manchester. And although Pep Guardiola has stated that Man City won't be making any signings in January, it hasn't stopped the rumors surrounding the Premier League Champions.
Hence, without much ado, let's look at what's today's edition of transfer news has in store for us.
#4 Marcelo Bielsa rules out selling of Jack Clarke
According to the Sun, Leeds United boss, Marcelo Bielsa has ruled out selling of youngster, Jack Clarke at any price. The 18-year-old has been a subject of interest for many Premier League clubs, with Manchester City touted to be the favorites to land the Englishman.
Clarke has impressed for Leeds this season, putting in a series of consistent performances, including a stunning display in a 2-0 win over fellow Championship side, Derby. The manager is confident that Clarke could play Premier League with Leeds next season and the player himself has expressed his desire to stay with the Whites, saying,
I am happy at Leeds.
It is massive every time I play. All I want to do is make an impact and make a difference.
England manager, Gareth Southgate and under-21 coach, Aidy Boothroyd are also monitoring the youngster.
#3 Man City target, Frenkie De Jong reaches an agreement with PSG
In a significant blow to Pep Guardiola and Manchester City's pursuit of a central defensive midfielder, the Sun reports that Ajax star, Frenkie De Jong has reached an agreement over a £67 million switch to Paris-Saint Germain. The 21-year-old was previously reported to be joining Barcelona, but in a dramatic turn of events, the French champions are now close to signing the midfielder.
In a recent interview with the Guardian, De Jong revealed -
"It's difficult to say what will happen. I want to finish this season well with Ajax. Then we will see.
"Maybe I'll stay for another year, maybe I'll leave. I'm not sure.
A central midfielder is still a top priority for Pep Guardiola, but with De Jong moving to PSG, the Citizens would have to look elsewhere.