Man City to complete summer business with huge bid for midfielder

Date published: Tuesday 24th July 2018 10:21

Manchester City are reportedly preparing a massive bid for Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic.

After missing out on Jorginho, who followed Maurizio Sarri from Napoli to Chelsea, Pep Guardiola is hoping to add another midfielder before next month’s earlty transfer deadline.

And, according to CalcioMercato.com City are readying a near €100million bid for the 28-year-old Bosnia-Herzegovina international.

The report claims City have previously shown an interest in Pjanic and that Pjanic’s agent Fali Ramidani has already spoken to Juve to inform them that City’s next bid will be close to their valuation of the player.

However, according to TEAMtalk sources Pep Guardiola has given the green light for City to pursue Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantra this summer.

Manchester United were reported to be “looking to kick-start a frustrating transfer window” by “considering deals for Robert Lewandowski and Thiago Alcántara”, according to the Independent last week.

Now though City are in hot pursuit of the Spain central midfielder – a player Guardiola has tried and failed to sign on more than one occasion since arriving in England.

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City have been looking to bolster their midfield since January, but deals for Fred and Jorginho both collapsed late on, allowing rivals Man Utd and Chelsea to swoop.

“Yaya [Toure] is leaving so we have to replace him, and maybe another one,” said Guardiola on Sky Sports’ MNF in May.

“One or two more, no more. We cannot invest…maybe people don’t believe me but we don’t have the money to invest £300m every season.”

Now Guardiola does not want to panic buy, but he does not consider Thiago to be a panic signing – given how well he knows the player and the fact City have tried to sign him before.

Meanwhile, Italian paper Corriere dello Sport claim Pjanic will be offered to Manchester United as they bid to lure Paul Pogba back to Juventus.

 

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