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Mail: 'City to secure main summer target in days?'

Mail: 'City to secure main summer target in days?'
Rodri, Joao Cancelo, David Silva and the always entertaining Liam Gallagher feature in Sunday’s media round-up.

We’ll begin with the Daily Mail who believe City are just a day or two away from confirming the first business of the summer.

They report: “Manchester City are set to confirm the signing of Rodri from Atletico Madrid on Monday.

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“It has long been known that Rodri, the 22-year-old midfielder, has been Guardiola's top priority and he has paved the way for a switch to Manchester after telling Atletico Madrid officials that he wants to leave.

“Rodri has a €70million (£63m) buyout clause, which he will have to pay directly to his current club once receiving that advance from the Premier League champions; City insist there is still work to be done but sources at Atletico believe the conclusion of this transfer is imminent.

“Discussions, led by City's director of football Txiki Begiristain, have taken place over a number of months, and Rodri, who has been regarded as Sergio Busquets' long-term successor in the Spain national team, has verbally agreed a long-term contract at the Etihad Stadium.


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“The fee will usurp the £60m that City paid to Leicester 12 months ago to land Riyad Mahrez.

“Guardiola has been anxious to sign a midfielder to replace the influential Fernandinho in the long term and Rodri, who rose to prominence at Villarreal, has always been his preferred target.

“Rodri registered 84 appearances for Villarreal before making a £22m move to join Diego Simeone's side in May 2018.”

Elsewhere, Juventus defender Joao Cancelo has been linked with a move to the Etihad for several weeks, but Real Bundesliga suggest Bayern Munich have now entered the race to sign the Juventus star.

They write: “Manchester City look set to face competition from Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in their pursuit of Juventus full-back Joao Cancelo this summer, as the German side enter the race for the 25-year-old.

“According to Italian outlet Calcio Mercato, Bayern are now interested in the Portugal international and have begun talks with Juventus over a move for the full-back.

“City have reportedly been preparing a player plus cash offer for Cancelo, with the Premier League champions said to be readying an offer in the region of €40m-€50million.

“And Pep Guardiola may now have to step up his pursuit of the 25-year-old, with his former side Bayern said to be in discussions with the Old Lady over a move for Cancelo.

“The Portugal international made 34 appearances in all competitions for Juve last season.”

Next, back to the Daily Mail who believe David Silva will captain City next term.


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No official announcement has been made by the Club yet, but Silva would be an obvious choice after taking the armband whenever Vincent Kompany was absent last season.

The Mail write: “David Silva will be made Manchester City's captain for his final season at the Etihad.

“The Spaniard will be looking to add to the four Premier League titles, two FA Cups and four League Cups he has won at City.

“The 33-year-old has stepped in as captain in Vincent Kompany's absence, who has now left the club to become the manager of Anderlecht.

“Fernandinho and Kevin De Bruyne have also been given the armband when Kompany and Silva have been out of the side.

“According to the Mirror, Pep Guardiola believes giving Silva the captaincy is the send-off he deserves.”

And finally…

Only Liam Gallagher would risk upsetting 100,000-plus people as he was about to begin his live set.

One of the Blues’ most famous supporters, Liam couldn’t resist the opportunity to remind those gathered who won the title last season.

Somerset Live report: Liam Gallagher was booed before even starting his Pyramid Stage set at Glastonbury 2019.

“The former Oasis front man was preparing for his slot at the Worthy Farm festival, playing before headliners the Killers, and was met with jeers from the crowd.

“It's no secret that Liam, and his brother Noel Gallagher, are both huge Manchester City fans and have recently celebrated the team's second Premier League title in two years.

“Liam thought it was a good idea to remind the crowd of this before he took to the stage.

“In an attempt to wind up Liverpool, Manchester United and many other football fans in the crowd, Liam started the gig with a chorus of 'champione, champione', a song commonly sung by football fans whose team have just won the title.

“The chant was jeered and booed by those in the audience.”

As you were, Liam.

More gossip and speculation tomorrow…


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