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Manchester City Transfer News: City bid for PSG midfielder with Barcelona closing in on the deal; Defender sent on loan immediately after signing for Man City and more - January 15, 2019

Suman Dey
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2.15K   //    15 Jan 2019, 18:40 IST

Rabiot linked to some European clubs.
Rabiot linked to some European clubs.

Hello and Welcome to daily Manchester City Transfer corner.

The Premier League title race is getting interesting as we head into the business head of the season, and so is the transfer scenario around Etihad. Though Pep Guardiola has given his verdict about City's transfer plans, that won't stop any top player getting linked to the defending Premier League Champions.

Hence without much ado, let's look at what's today's transfer edition has in store for us.


#4 Man City confident of signing Ilaix Moriba from Barcelona

Moriba has drawn interest from top European clubs.
Moriba has drawn interest from top European clubs.

According to the Sport Witness, the club from Manchester has kept a close eye on promising Barcelona youngster, Ilaix Moriba and are confident of signing him this January. Barcelona has given a new contract to the youngster which he can sign after he turns 16 on Saturday.

Apart from Manchester City, clubs like Chelsea and Juventus are also interested in the youngster. However, Pep Guardiola's side has emerged as firm favourites, and a deal could be finalized in the next few days. It's believed that City would wait till the 20th for the player to arrive and sort out the final details of his contract.


#3 Pep Guardiola gives an update on Wolves midfielder, Ruben Neves

Neves has impressed in the Premier League this season.
Neves has impressed in the Premier League this season.

Manchester City has been in the news in recent times about a potential replacement of Fernandinho whose growing age and undoubted reliance is a concern for Pep Guardiola. The defending champions have been linked with many midfielders to replace the Brazillian with Ruben Neves the latest to appear on the scene.

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In an interview, Pep said -

It's not difficult - there are many who can play in that position. There are many clubs in the world, many holding midfielders in the world, and most of them can play here. That's not the point.
Most of them are under contracts. A month ago, I started reading - 'Ruben Neves, £100million'. That is not going to happen, we are not going to pay £100million for a holding midfielder

Guardiola spoke highly about Fernandinho and believed it's challenging to find someone who would fit that role but for the time being he would use either John Stones or Ikay Gundogan whenever necessary.

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Suman Dey
ANALYST
A sports enthusiast and an avid follower of football. Since childhood I was encouraged to play cricket and in no time it became a hobby. Gradually I found interest in other sports also. Football is in my blood and I love the electrifying ambiance that surrounds it. I often watch the pre and post match analysis of a match and try to learn how to analyze a football game. The thing that intrigues me the most is that there are so many things happening behind the scenes that are oblivious to our naked eyes. The technological advancements that has been made are phenomenal. I like analyzing a game from a statistical point of view. Being a data guy myself , I am firm believer of providing insights through facts and data. Though a game is always unpredictable , analyzing it from different dimensions can provide some very interesting conclusions.
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