In this instalment of our TT Roundup, Football Transfer Tavern have gathered three of the biggest stories to have involved Manchester City recently and have provided our thoughts on the reports published.
Juventus plotting move for Gabriel Jesus
Italian media outlet Tuttosport reported [via TEAMtalk] that Juventus are planning a possible transfer bid for Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus, claiming that the Brazilian is discontent at the Etihad Stadium.
The Serie A champions’ interest in the 22-year-old comes shortly after the player expressed dissatisfaction at his perceived lack of gametime with the Premier League club, as reported by Esporte Interativo in Brazil.
It’s understandable why Jesus may feel frustrated at the Etihad, where he has had just four starts so far this season.
However, Pep Guardiola may not be willing to let him leave too readily, as the Brazilian is making an impact despite his lack of starts – he has four goals from 465 minutes (one goal per 116.25 minutes) on the pitch in 2019/20.
That makes him Manchester City’s joint-third highest scorer this term, but with fellow centre-forward Sergio Aguero scoring eight times in 650 minutes (one goal per 81.25 minutes), Jesus may continue to be cast in the role as impact substitute at the Etihad.
Fernandinho set to be given new 12-month deal
According to The Sun, Manchester City are set to offer a new 12-month contract to veteran midfielder Fernandinho that would keep him at the club until 2021, albeit with a slight decrease on his current £120,000-a-week wages.
The Sun reported that the Guardiola has been impressed by how the 34-year-old has adapted to a centre-back role recently and views him as a leader within the dressing room.
Fernandinho’s current contract at the Etihad is due to expire at the end of this season, as per The Sun.
While the Brazilian may have lost his midfield starting berth to Rodri following the latter’s summer arrival, he has proven his importance to the squad in deputising at centre-back to cover for the injured Aymeric Laporte and John Stones.
He may be approaching the end of his career, but Fernandinho has not looked out of place in Guardiola’s team this season – his 93.5% passing accuracy is the highest of anyone to have started a league game for City this term, while only four players have won more aerial duels and tackles per game, and only two players have better interceptions per game averages. [via WhoScored]
His experience and adaptability earmarks him as a very valuable member of Manchester City’s squad, so it should come as little surprise that the club want him to stick around for a little while longer.
Manchester City tracking Giovanni Reyna
As reported by 90min.com, scouts from Manchester City are keeping a close watch on 16-year-old Borussia Dortmund winger Giovanni Reyna, whose father Claudio played with the Premier League club between 2003 and 2007.
According to 90min.com, the Manchester City hierarchy are thought to be furious at the decision by their sister club New York City FC to let the teenager move to Germany, with other clubs set to scout the youngster as he impresses for Borussia Dortmund at youth level.
Reyna has netted three times in 10 games for Borussia Dortmund’s under-19 side so far this season, including one in a 2-1 victory over Barcelona in the UEFA Youth League, and has provided no fewer than six assists. [via TransferMarkt]
Ben Carter of 90min.com believes that the teenager is in line for a first-team debut under Lucien Favre soon and could also be fast-tracked into the United States under-23 side despite still being a month shy of his 17th birthday.
The young winger certainly seems to be showing plenty of promise, but with the likes of Bernardo Silva, Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez proving so effective from the wide positions for Manchester City, he would likely be quicker getting first-team opportunities with his current club than the Premier League champions.
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