Man City set sights on Serie A star, club understand Premier League midfielder deadline, and a quiet window - Man City Transfer Breakdown #12

Another day in the transfer market and loads of exciting news stories to go with it. From a Scott Carson conundrum to a shock move for a certain ex-Man United striker, we've got you covered with all of the Manchester City transfer news of the last 24 hours.
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Another day in the transfer market and loads of exciting news to go with it. From a Scott Carson conundrum to a shock move for a certain ex-Man United striker, we've got you covered with all of the Manchester City transfer news during the last 24 hours.

City failing to negotiate a permanent move for Scott Carson? Could Pep bring back Douglas Luiz in the summer? Could Kevin De Bruyne welcome a fellow Belgian at the Etihad?

BREAKDOWN

Pep delivers verdict on potential January signings

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Previewing Manchester City's clash against Aston Villa, Guardiola was quizzed about any potential transfer incomings during the January window.

"No," replied the City boss.

It is no secret that City are in the hunt for a left-back, midfielder and a long-term successor for Sergio Agüero, who's struggled with knee injuries yet another campaign.

However, Pep has always maintained that City will not enter the market mid-season and amid a positive run of results with a newfound defensive resilience, perhaps the Sky Blues won't require any additions this month after all.

Could it be a risk? Well, maybe. In crunch games such as during the latter stages of the Champions League, City cannot do without the attacking acumen of the likes of Agüero and Jesus.

Keeping his out-and-out front-men fit and firing will be one of Pep's biggest challenges in the second-half of the campaign.

Pep candid

City set to bolster attack with Romelu Lukaku swoop?

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According to a report from Italian journalist Fabio Santini, Manchester City are planning to launch a bid worth €80 million for Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku in the summer.

It may be worth noting that Italian journalist and transfer expert, Fabrizio Romano, replied to City Xtra’s tweet on the report with an “❌” emoji.

Could it happen, though? Well, the Manchester United connection doesn't help either party but does he fit the profile of a Pep-type striker?

Sergio Agüero's recurring injury setbacks have often left City short of reliable options down the middle, and City have been constantly linked with centre-forwards to replace the prolific Argentine. 

However, according to The Express, the Belgian striker has no intentions of leaving the Italian club for a return to the Premier League despite claims that Guardiola had “earmarked” the 27-year-old as a potential successor to Agüero. 

Then again, as chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak eluded to in City's 2017/18 'All or Nothing' documentary by Amazon, if it doesn't make sense for the club, they're perfectly comfortable in walking away from a deal.

Should a deal be struck, it would be remarkable and quite shocking but the prospect of Lukaku on the end of a Kevin De Bruyne makes you wonder, why not?

Big Rom

Scott Carson left unsettled by dispute between clubs

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According to the Daily Mail, goalkeeper veteran Scott Carson has reportedly been left 'aggrieved' by a dispute between his current club, Manchester City, and his parent side, Derby County, over his immediate future.

The League One outfit have reportedly angered the City board by blocking their attempts to sign Carson on a permanent deal this month.

The Rams insist on collecting a loan fee this month, which is claimed to be £500,000, to help pay overdue player wages.

The former England international has never made an appearance for Pep Guardiola's side since his arrival at the Etihad Stadium.

However, Carson has formed a good relationship with Ederson and Zack Steffen and his presence in and around the dressing room has boded well for the younger members of the squad.

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City given deadline to trigger Douglas Luiz clause

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According to The Athletic, Manchester City have a deadline of June 5th to activate the buy-back clause embedded into the contract of Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz.

Pep Guardiola remains a big fan of the 22-year-old Brazilian, with reports confirming that Luiz would be part of the Spaniard's plans had it not been for work-permit issues a couple of seasons ago.

With their being recurring question marks around Fernandinho's future in Manchester, City are bound to strengthen personnel in the middle of the park come the end of the season.

However, with Rodri's emergence as a first-team crucial player and with and with the transfer fee reportedly as big as £27.5 million, it could be that City hang their hopes on the likes of Rodri and İlkay Gündoğan to fill in at the heart of midfield in the seasons to come.

Who knows? John Stones, the 'Barnsley Beckenbauer', could adapt his game to a number six in the future as well.

Douglas Luiz

Watford register interest in academy starlet Keyendrah Simmonds

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Watford want to bring in City academy star Keyendrah Simmonds in the January window.

Simmonds joined City at the age of eight and has swiftly made his way up the youth ranks at the club, representing the Three Lions at each youth level along the way.

The 19-year-old is highly rated at the Manchester outfit but is yet to be introduced to the first-team setup at the Etihad.

With the wealth of attacking talent that City boast, it may serve well for the forward to go to the Championship and get regular game time under his belt.

The talented forward can operate as a sole striker or as a winger owing to his pace and trickery and would be a valuable addition to Watford should they convince him to move to Vicarage Road this month.

Keyendrah Simmonds

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