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MEDIA WATCH: Mikel Arteta has reportedly played in a key role in City's attempts to sign French youngster Claudio Gomes

MEDIA WATCH: Mikel Arteta has reportedly played in a key role in City's attempts to sign French youngster Claudio Gomes

There are more transfer rumours on this morning’s back pages, as well as talk of a new role for Bernardo Silva, who excelled for Portugal as they crashed out of the World Cup on Saturday.

Let’s start with the news that teenager Claudio Gomes – reportedly a City target – has left Paris Saint-Germain after his contract expired on Sunday.

Stuart Brennan, writing in the Manchester Evening News, says Gomes, who can play as a defensive or attacking midfielder, could be set to train with City ahead of a move.

“The 17-year-old midfielder's contract with the French giants expired yesterday, and the Blues were heavily interested in him during the January transfer window,” Brennan writes.

“The French press reported that City had actually gone a stage further, and set up a summer transfer for the player, knowing that they could land him without a fee – although they will have to pay training compensation to PSG.

“And reports suggest that Pep Guardiola's assistant – and former PSG loan player – Mikel Arteta secured agreement with Gomes.

“Those reports suggest that Gomes will train with the first team squad when they report back next week, and that fact helped to persuade Gomes to quit Paris for Manchester.

“He posted a message on Instagram which read: ‘At the end of five very beautiful years in my training club PSG, I thank my teammates, the staff and the club for having contributed to my progress. Parisian for life.’”

We’ll keep an eye on how that progresses…

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Meanwhile, Brennan has also penned a piece praising Bernardo Silva’s performance in Portugal’s last-16 defeat to Uruguay in the World Cup.

And he believes the 23-year-old is capable of moving into a more central role next season, particularly if City complete a deal for Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez.

“With Portugal facing World Cup oblivion, the country looked to one man for salvation … Cristiano Ronaldo,” Brennan writes.

"But it was not the self-styled CR7 who almost unlocked a tight and tough Uruguay defence and gave them a glimmer of hope.

“It was waifish Manchester City man Bernardo Silva, shifted to a central role in the second half, who always looked most likely to fashion opportunities for the faltering team, as they went down 2-1.

"And the way he played opened up the intriguing possibility that he could well be lined up for a more central role with the Blues next season.

“Bernardo started the last 16 game in his more usual wide right position – from which, when he was at Monaco, he sufficiently impressed Pep Guardiola to persuade the club to splash out £43million for him.

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“He has been in competition with Raheem Sterling for the right-hand berth in a City front three.

“The expected signing of Riyad Mahrez would mean City having three players who all excel on the right.

“But 23-year-old Bernardo has always been seen as a possible long-term successor to namesake David Silva, who Guardiola admits will probably play less football in the coming season.

“His display in that central role after Edinson Cavani had put Uruguay 2-1 up, perhaps gave notice that he is ready to step up to a more senior role for country AND club.”

That's all for this morning's roundup of the back pages. Stay with us throughout the day for all the latest City news. 

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