Serie A side make progress to deny Guardiola major Man City transfer wish

Date published: Sunday 31st October 2021 6:25 - Samuel Bannister

Manchester City look likely to miss out on the signing of Theo Hernandez after an update surfaced regarding the left-back’s situation.

Left-back is an area that City are still looking to strengthen. Along with the centre-forward role, a signing in that position may make City even more formidable. Hernandez has been firmly on their radar for a number of months.

After rising through the ranks with Atletico Madrid, Hernandez moved to Real Madrid in 2017. He spent one season as a squad player there before being loaned to Real Sociedad.

His form earned him a permanent transfer to AC Milan, where he has established himself as a key player. City have been keeping tabs on his progress in case he could be the answer to their problems.

Pep Guardiola is apparently a big fan of Hernandez, who made his debut for France earlier this season. But Milan are keen to keep hold of him, so it has been thought that a big transfer fee would be required from City’s part.

But even that may not be enough, as there is now increasing optimism in Milan that Hernandez will sign a new contract.

According to Calciomercato, all parties are becoming confident that the 24-year-old will stay at San Siro. His current contract expires in 2024, but he is set to be rewarded with improved terms.

Hernandez earns €1.5m per season as negotiated in his initial contract. His form since warrants a payrise, especially when comparing his salary to players of similar stature.

Milan are willing to offer him double his base salary, plus some bonuses on top. Hernandez is holding out for €4m per season, but things seem to be heading in the right direction regardless.

It is predicted that Hernandez will sign fresh terms with the Rossoneri until 2026.

The report namechecks Man City and Paris Saint-Germain as the clubs who will be disappointed by the update. A small window of opportunity may remain for them, but it seems Hernandez is destined to stay where he is.

City’s search for a left-back may thus have to take them elsewhere.

Defender considers Man City transfer

More centrally, a long-term defensive target for Man City has been Kalidou Koulibaly.

Having been a long servant for Napoli, the Senegal international has frequently attracted interest from Europe’s elite.

Now 30 years old, his value may have dropped somewhat but he remains an inviting idea for many clubs.

But Koulibaly has recently revealed there are only a handful he would consider leaving Napoli for. Perhaps promisingly for Guardiola, City are one of them.

He said: “If I decided to leave Napoli, I would only do it for two, maximum three clubs in the world. I’m talking about Guardiola’s Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona at the most.

“Me at Juventus? Are you crazy? I would never play for another Italian club. I would never go to Juventus, I would not betray the Napoli fans.”

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