Manchester City transfer news – Harry Kane update, Ilaix Moriba interest, Ivan Ilić exit
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Manchester City remain keen on Harry Kane; could offer player swap plus cash
Premier League champions Manchester City look to keep themselves at the top of the football ladder in England this summer as they continue to field considerable interest in Tottenham and England star Harry Kane.
Harry Kane's England team-mates believe he could refuse to return to pre-season training with Tottenham in a bid to try to force a move to Manchester City…
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) July 17, 2021
With long-time first-choice striker and club record goalscorer Sergio Agüero now at Barcelona, and with Gabriel Jesus never hitting the heights many first thought him capable, City is looking for a top-class center-forward to keep them ahead of rivals Manchester United, Chelsea, and Liverpool.
Manchester City is now linked with the possibility of offering a swap deal for the England hitman, with Jesus’ name being mentioned along with Bernardo Silva, Riyad Mahrez, and surprisingly Raheem Sterling.
There are suggestions that Kane could even make the decision to not report for pre-season training with Spurs in the run-up to the 2021-22 Premier League season in a bid to force a move to a club that will put him in line for major honors as his career now enters its prime years.
Barcelona’s Ilaix Moriba now on City’s radar
could be set to square off against each other for the services of highly-touted Barcelona youngster Ilaix Moriba this summer, with the 18-year-old Spanish youth international holding out on contract renewal talks with the Catalan club.
❗Barcelona are convinced that some English club is behind Ilaix Moriba delaying his contract renewal. No agreement has been reached with Barça yet.#FCB 🇪🇸
— Barça Buzz (@Barca_Buzz) July 22, 2021
Moriba has been unable to train with the first team amidst the uncertainty of his contract situation at the Camp Nou, and with just one year left on his current deal, Barcelona faces the prospect of Moriba leaving on a free or being poached this summer by one of the English giants should negotiations fail to make headway.
There is scope for both clubs to press forward in a potential move for the Guinean-born midfielder, with Chelsea lacking desirable (and long-term) depth in the middle of the park, and three of Manchester City’s five central options being a minimum of 30-years-old. A deal for Moriba is just the sort of move City have done in the past as well, with Pep Guardiola tapping into his connections and history with Barcelona to prize players away in the past.
Manchester City to cash in on Ivan Ilić with Hellas Verona keen on Serbian
Young Serbian international Ivan Ilić could finally be on his way out of Manchester City to begin a new chapter this summer, with Serie A outfit Hellas Verona keen to agree a permanent deal with the Citizens for his services.
— footballitalia (@footballitalia) July 22, 2021
Ilić has been at City since 2017 when he moved from Serbian giants Crvena Zvezda (Red Star Belgrade) but as not made a single appearance in over four years. He did however embark on sucessful loan spells during that time, particularly with NAC Breda in 2019-20, and Hellas Verona last seasn in which he made 29-appearances in Serie A while scoring two goals. He also scored in his only Coppa Italia appearance against then Serie B outfit Venezia; a 6-4 win on penalties after a 3-3 draw through 120-minutes.
As reported in MailOnline via Sky Italia, Verona are prepared to make an important investment in the 20-year-old, who could very well given them a long-term anchor in midfield as they look to remain established in the top flight of the Italian football pyramid after doing well to finish 10th in 2020-21.