The media are convinced that Manchester City are closing in on a new addition to the ranks in the shape of Nolito this morning.
After a brief lull in talk about potential ins and outs, mostly to do with England’s embarrassing exit from Euro 2016 on Monday night, it looks like the transfer rumour mill is being set into overdrive – but that’s nothing new, is it?
The Telegraph leads the way on the Nolito story, claiming that, “Nolito is flying in for talks with Manchester City on Wednesday as he closes in on a £13.8million move from Celta Vigo.
“The Spain international will be officially confirmed as the second major signing for Pep Guardiola later this week as the new City manager steps up his preparations for pre-season.”
However, John Percy’s piece goes on to resurrect another City-related rumour, namely that about Everton defender John Stones – “Stones, 22, failed to make an appearance under Roy Hodgson but is heading for another summer of uncertainty with his future at Goodison Park in doubt.
“City could have to pay around £40million for the centre-half, who was the subject of four unsuccessful bids from Chelsea last summer.”
Elsewhere, Gazzetta World are convinced that Roma are close to agreeing terms with Pablo Zabaleta.
They suggest that, “The two clubs have reached an agreement on a €3 million transfer for the veteran” and that “the 31-year-old has now given his consent to the move by agreeing to a multi-year contract offer”.