We’re back for the fifth edition of the transfer disruption, and it’s fair to say a lot has happened over the last 48 hours in the Manchester City world.
OK, maybe more on the pitch than outside, with City securing their place in the 2021 Carabao Cup final after a convincing 2-0 win at Manchester United on Wednesday night.
With that said, the transfer rumors definitely didn’t stop either. Here’s everything you need to know, from Lionel Messi to Oleksandr Zinchenko …
Messi’s link continues
[Rumour Rating: 6]
It almost feels like an obligation to start the details of today’s transfer with what is arguably the biggest transfer in football history – Lionel Messi to Noisy Neighbors.
Messi and Pep Guardiola are not necessarily looking to renew their previously successful partnership during the summer window. With Barcelona going through a turbulent period of presidential elections and financial hardship, it’s no wonder the world’s best players will move on to a team that will compete for trophies.
The longer the story rumbles, the more realistic it will be that Messi can wear sky blue in August 2021. I personally don’t as Convinced of the saga as some others on social media have done, you can’t deny that it’s a near-perfect setting for a blockbuster deal.
Zinchenko is shopping at Lazio
[Rumour Rating: 5]
It feels like we’ve been here before with Oleksandr Zinchenko. As he slowly fell from the pecking order of Manchester City, clubs across Europe began to invade.
However, it seemed that this time the intermediaries hadproposed‘the Ukrainian to Lazio’s Serie A team. Zinchenko has seen far less pitch than in previous seasons with Joao Cancelo appearing on the left flank and Benjamin Mendy starting to find some small periods of fitness.
However, if we have found out anything about the 24 year old player, he is reluctant to jump on the ship once he slides down the totem pole. This is not the first time he has been linked away from the Etihad and if he chooses to stay and fight for his place in the squad again I will be far from surprised.
Aguero has not been approached with a new contract
[Rumour Rating: 3]
To all of you City fans reading this, have no fear. If Sergio Aguero wants to stay, he will stay.
There are very few players who have come through the club who appear to be of untouchable status. As the club’s all-time leading scorer and the man with the right foot smashed the ball into the family’s net to secure City’s first Premier League title, he is definitely one of the few untouchable.
While City have yet to make a bid, it is reported that both the player and the club are looking to extend the Argentine’s stay in Manchester further. The ‘3’ rumor rating I have tagged on this story is solely on the basis that if the 32-year-old extends, he may see his time on the pitch slowly diminish.
If he returns to Argentina to finish his career where it started, he will likely see a lot more pitch. I really hope he stays at Etihad.
City scout high on Derby winger Kamil Jozwiak
[Rumour Rating: 3]
After watching about eight minutes of YouTube highlights impressions of the Polish winger, I can confirm the thinking of Manchester City scout Jakub Bokiej – he is a talented man.
However, it’s not like City’s hierarchy to splash any cash on Championship players with the intention of getting them straight into the first-team squad – hence the rumor rating is only ‘3’.
Jozwiak will turn 23 in the spring, which is young for a talented attacking player, but unless he is an automatic first-team player, he is likely four-five years too old for City’s usual plans.purchased and shipped it on the next flight to Girona‘.
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