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Media: Talks to begin over Portuguese midfielder?

RUMOURS: Reports claim City are to begin talks over Bruno Fernandes.

RUMOURS: Reports claim City are to begin talks over Bruno Fernandes.

Transfer talk is the order of the day as we dissect the latest Manchester City stories making headlines across the regional and national media.

And on this Wednesday morning, both incomings and non-starters are up for discussion.

We'll begin with claims that City will initiate talks over Sporting Lisbon’s Bruno Fernandes, as reported by the Manchester Evening News.

Writes Daniel Murphy: “City have 'scheduled a meeting' with Sporting director Hugo Viana who 'will be receiving a ‘formal offer’' for Fernandes 'once he gets in the city.'

"It's reported that after initially showing 'they could pay €50m' City are 'ready to go to €70m, although the initial offer will be for the lower figure.'”

To the other end of the transfer spectrum now, where James Robson of the Evening Standard suggests that the form of Oleksandr Zinchenko has led to a change of tack in the transfer market.

He writes: “Guardiola placed a new left-back on his list of priorities for the upcoming window, along with a holding midfielder and centre back.

“But winger Zinchenko has been a revelation after rejecting a move to Wolves last summer.

“It has been enough to convince Guardiola to hold off a move for Leicester’s Ben Chilwell, who has long-been tracked by City.”

We complete today's news round-up with Dutch legend Frank De Boer, who has named City as a suitable destination for Ajax defender, Matthijs de Ligt.

A centre-half himself in his playing days, De Boer named Guardiola’s side amongst several European clubs when discussing de Ligt’s future with talkSPORT.

He said: “For De Ligt, it’s up to him what he wants to do. He has to look for a team that plays attacking football and has time on the ball.

“For me [he can go to] Barcelona, Manchester City, Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain, these teams I would advise him to go there.”

That’s all from the papers today, but we’ll back with more of the same tomorrow morning.

Stay tuned to mancity.com for the latest City news throughout the day.

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