Man City: Ogden addresses transfer ‘rumours’ on Robinson
ESPN journalist Mark Ogden has addressed the recent Manchester City transfer rumours linking them to defender Antonee Robinson.
The Lowdown: Summer plans
According to The Sun, Pep Guardiola’s side are lining up a summer bid for the Premier League left-back as they look to replace Joao Cancelo.
The Portuguese full-back hasn’t left on a permanent just yet, but his loan move to Bayern Munich does have the option to buy that will cost the Bundesliga outfit £61.5m.
Nathan Ake and Rico Lewis have been used by the Man City boss in their most recent games in the league and FA Cup.
The Latest: Ogden on Robinson pursuit
Despite the reports, Ogden told ESPN that he had spoken to people within the club about their interest in Robinson, who said he wasn’t on their list of candidates.
He stated: “It wasn’t close in this window. I spoke to somebody at City today [Friday] just to get a check on this before I came on the show, and they said, look, they’d heard the rumours, as far as they were concerned, the senior figures at the club are saying he wasn’t on their list. But, I was also told that anything can happen, and it can.
“Antonee Robinson’s had a good season at Fulham, he’s had a better than a good season. He’s a talented player.
“I’d be surprised if he goes to City, but because there aren’t many top left-backs around, and that City need one, it’s not the most outlandish prospect.
“But the likelihood of it happening, I think, right now is slim. And it definitely wasn’t a goer during the window.”
The Verdict: Question marks
We would be taken aback if Robinson ended up joining Manchester City in the summer, as we’re not sure if he’s ready for the step up.
The American has only played two seasons of Premier League football, suffering relegation in one of them with Fulham.
This time around, his second league campaign in England has been going a lot better with the Cottagers, while pundit Noel Whelan labelled the player as ‘excellent’ when discussing his abilities with Football Insider.
Whilst we may have reservations about Robinson, Guardiola signing him would be a massive statement, in our view.
Being wanted by a manager who’s managed world-class talent like Lionel Messi, Xavi and Manuel Neuer says a lot about what he sees in terms of his potential, and we would be intrigued to see if City reignite their reported interest in the summer.