Manchester City transfer news: Umtiti's contract situation, Griezmann interest and more: 17 January 2018
Umtiti is in no hurry to sign a new deal
Samuel Umtiti has been brilliant for Barcelona this season. The French International has been valued at €101 million by CIES laboratory in a recent report. His current contract has a release clause of just 60 million and this has attracted many clubs including Manchester City.
Barcelona are ready to offer him a new contract with a higher release clause. According to the Mundo Deportivo, the Barcelona board is calm about the situation and will deal with it after closing new deals for Sergi Roberto and Gerard Pique.
Samuel Umtiti has no intention of leaving the club and is willing to wait for Barcelona to offer him a new contract.
Manchester City looking to sign Antoine Griezmann
Manchester City have been linked to Alexis Sanchez since last summer. Manchester United seem to have hijacked that deal and the dastardly wage demands of Sanchez meant that City backed down from the deal.
The Premier League leaders are looking for the alternatives after failing to sign the Arsenal winger. According to the Metro, Manchester City have now shown interest in signing Manchester United target Antoine Griezmann.
Griezmann was linked to Manchester United in the summer but the Red Devils seem to have dropped their interest in the French forward. The report claims that Pep Guardiola is the driving force behind the deal as he is urging the City board to get the deal done.
Manchester City close to signing Jonny Evans
Manchester City are looking to sign a backup defender in the January window. They have been keeping the tabs on West Brom defender Jonny Evans. The England International has no dearth of Premier League experience as he has won the Premier League title four times.
He is a ball playing defender and he will fit right into Pep's system. According to the City Watch, the deal is imminent as bookmakers have slashed the odds on him. The odds were slashed due to an increase in a number of bets placed on the defender's move to Manchester City.