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It looks like a City defender, currently on loan, will not be returning to the Etihad Stadium.
Meanwhile, reports suggest a transfer goal will turn their backs on City but the Blues could sign in Barcelona.
The defender is about to leave
In the past year or so, City appear to have cured defensive weaknesses that persisted during Pep Guardiola’s early years.
This is obviously great news – but not for Pedro Porro.
Few City fans will recognize the Spanish right-back’s name, despite City signing him from Girona in 2019. That’s because he has spent his entire short career at City on loan, with Real Valladolid and now Sporting Lisbon.
The 22-year-old did not make an appearance in a sky blue jersey, but he impressed in the green and white of the Portuguese giants – so much so that he won his first senior cap in Spain in March.
According to the sports daily Save, Sporting plan to activate the â¬ 8.5million call option as part of the two-year loan deal they have with City. Porro is expected to sign a five-year contract with a â¬ 45m release clause.
The main question is whether City will negotiate a buyout clause in the final deal, as was the case when Angelino left for PSV in 2018.
The movement is the one that suits all parties. With Kyle Walker and Joao Cancelo, City don’t need a young and relatively inexperienced right-back. Porro enjoys life in Portugal, and Sporting will secure a quality player with a permanent contract.
Juventus threaten to sue their striker
Dusan Vlahovic is one of the attackers City are said to be keen to sign, although latest reports suggest Guardiola could be disappointed again.
This is because, according to Tuttosport, the Fiorentina striker is in favor of a move to Italian giants Juventus.
The 21-year-old has scored 10 goals in 12 games in all competitions this season, a comeback bolstered by a weekend hat-trick against Spezia. City fans might note that he even scored a penalty to get his hat-trick up and running.
Vlahovic has garnered a lot of attention since refusing to extend his contract at Fiorentina over the summer.
Any offer from Juventus depends on their ability to get rid of the money-making Aaron Ramsey. Otherwise, City might be in the best position to strike a deal.
Vlahovic is still young but shows all the signs of becoming an elite goalscorer. It’s understandable that he would prefer a move to Juventus – he’s been living in Italy for three years now and is settled – but he probably knows joining City and being coached by Guardiola would serve his development better.
Scheduled to cost around â¬ 60million, Vlahovic would be a very Txiki Begiristain-style signing – a player who isn’t a ready-made superstar, but who would come without the huge fees, ego and agent drama of someone like Erling Haaland.
German Star City Eye
It’s no secret that Barcelona need to raise funds over the next two transfer windows, given their financial difficulties and the need to refresh an aging squad.
It’s no surprise, then, that City have been linked with a number of their star players, the latest being goalkeeper Marc-AndrÃ© ter Stegen.
The German shooter has been a key Barca player since joining the club in 2014, but since returning from a knee injury last year, his performance has started to decline.
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Guardiola is a known admirer of Ter Stegen – City tried to sign him in 2016, before settling for Claudio Bravo. According to El Nacional, Barca are ready to take their â¬ 9million per season salary off the books and City are an interested party.
There is no doubt that Ter Stegen would be a suitable fit for this City side. He’s a good shooter, arguably better than Ederson, and his cast is impressive. Obviously, he can’t match Ederson in this department.
Given that Ederson signed a new five-year contract in early September, it seems unlikely that ter Stegen will start before him.
The German international, in the prime of his life at 29, will he want to join City just to sit on the bench? It is quite improbable. Barcelona must step up their fire-selling efforts.