Man City and Man United plan to bid for € 110million from Premier League star – Chelsea also in the running
Manchester City officials are always on the lookout for long-term replacements for existing stars, and that continuity and seamless transitions between players have been essential to their success for more than a decade.
The next key player to be replaced by the club is Fernandinho, and despite the 36-year-old being set to sign a further one-year extension of his expiring contract and also the signing of Rodrigo from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2019, the scouts and officials have their eyes riveted on the Brazilian’s substitutes.
One of those names is West Ham’s Declan Rice, who is also a prime target for other big Premier League clubs – while Pep Guardiola is seen as an admirer of the youngster’s abilities. However, the Hammers’ demands could prove to be a major stumbling block for any potential contender.
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Despite the admiration of three major Premier League players, the new edition of the Athletic Radar suggests that clubs may not even have the option of signing the player.
It is declared that not only does Declan Rice want to focus on the European Championships with England, but manager David Moyes insists the midfielder is not for sale and is also worth € 110million.
However, the clubs nominated by Athletic as being ‘in contention‘For the 22-year-olds are Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City, with the clubs in the North West supposed to be’consider making an offer‘. however, it is clarified that like other Chelsea admirers, both rivals have other goals to pursue and obviously cannot afford them all.
About Chelsea, the climax of athletics how they were ‘very interested‘in the West Ham star last year, with Frank Lampard urging his employers to move on, but Thomas Tuchel remains an admirer – the German speaking to Rice staff.
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Manchester City will most likely have other options to explore this summer, if they continue their quest for a new Fernandinho replacement, and reports from Italy and previously England have highlighted Manuel Locatelli as one of these potential targets.
Other names include Denis Zakaria at Borussia Mönchengladbach, Douglas Luiz at Aston Villa and possibly Ismael Bennacer from Milan – but none of the three names are a serious candidate for Etihad bosses to pursue.
You can read the full edition of Radar by the Athletic here.
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