Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has already made his major summer snap, but there is still plenty of transfer activity at the Etihad with a number of players ready to move on.
It seems bizarre that while Manchester City have landed their No.1 target in Erling Haaland, fans are still waiting to see him in a sky blue shirt.
But it looks like Gabriel Jesus’ future rather than waiting for the transfer window to officially open is why City are waiting. If Jesus moves as seems likely with Arsenal still the likeliest destination, Haaland will take his No.9 shirt – a number he’s worn for two seasons at Borussia Dortmund.
Until an agreement is reached, this number is not officially available. City have gained a superstar striker, but could they lose a fan favorite and could that help United win their top summer target? Mirror Sports rounds up all the latest transfer news and rumours.
Bazunu will become a Saint
Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu is heading to Southampton and not Sheffield United according to The Athletic. The 20-year-old is set to move to Saints in a deal that would top £10million when various additions are considered. And that will leave the Blades considering alternative arrangements after hoping they could secure City’s backup on a loan deal.
Southampton have considered Bazunu as a replacement for Fraser Forster, who left for Tottenham Hotspur on a free transfer this week. Bazunu’s first club Shamrock Rovers are set to land a bumper seven-figure payment due to sell clauses in the original deal with City. The Irish keeper spent last season on loan at Portsmouth, where his form won him the club’s Player of the Year award.
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Zinchenko’s future undecided
Oleksandr Zinchenko seems resigned to leaving the Etihad this summer in a bid to secure a future as a more consistent midfielder. The 25-year-old Ukrainian star is a hugely popular figure at City and some reports suggest the club are open to a further extension of a deal that still has two years left.
But what Pep Guardiola won’t do is guarantee him more first-team action or move him higher up the pitch where he plays for Ukraine. Zinchenko declined to move to Wolves in 2018 in favor of staying put to fight for his place. Arsenal, West Ham and Everton have been offered as possible destinations, but a number of teams in Europe could offer a solution.
Silva to help United
Manchester United have fallen to the side that could snap their fingers and choose talent if their pursuit of Frenkie De Jong is anything to go by. But they may be about to get a helping hand from City if Mundo Deportivo are to be believed. Bernardo Silva flirted with the idea of leaving the Etihad for Spain last summer and is said to be open to the idea of a move to Camp Nou.
If that can be arranged and Guardiola loses his battle to persuade the silky midfielder to stay, De Jong would be pushed even further down the pecking order. For a player who cost €75m and still owes €40 in wages over the duration of his contract, that makes him a very expensive bench warmer. And that, more than anything a Europa League-linked United can offer on the pitch, could force the issue.