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Man City MAKE CONTACT with £100m midfielder’s entourage over summer deal

Manchester City have now made contact with the entourage of Newcastle United midfielder Bruno Guimaraes over the terms of a blockbuster summer transfer, according to reports in Spain, following on from our exclusive report earlier this week that the English champions were mulling over paying the player’s release clause.

The 26-year-old has been a bright spot in a disappointing season for the Magpies, as they struggle to replicate the form which saw them qualify for the Champions League for the first time in two decades last term.

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They are currently marooned in 10th place in the Premier League table and tumbled out of the Champions League at the first hurdle back in winter.

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Guimaraes has scored three goals in 27 Premier League matches for the Toon during this campaign, and added five assists for his side.

The form of the Brazilian international has led to talk of a move to one of English football’s biggest clubs with Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United previously credited with interest.

Man City contact Guimaraes over £100m summer move
And now AS is reporting that Pep Guardiola’s City side are prepared to meet a £100 million buyout clause in Guimaraes’ Newcastle contract in order to get him out of St. James’ Park.

It follows our FootballTransfers report early this week which revealed that the treble winners were considering paying his buyout in full.

As part of the operation, claims the Spanish sports daily, the club have already sounded out his representatives, initiating contact ahead of the summer window.

© IMAGO – Bruno Guimaraes
Guardiola is seeking a proven option in the centre of midfield to go alongside Rodri having seen Kalvin Phillips fail to make the grade in that position.

Guimaraes has been a shining light for his side since first moving to the Premier League in January 2022 from Lyon for a fee of €20m.

He recently signed a new and improved five-year contract with the club, meaning any interested parties are going to have to pay big money to secure his signature.

Newcastle face City in the FA Cup this weekend with Guardiola being asked on Friday about Guimaraes – one of his club’s potential summer transfer targets.

“Exceptional holding midfielder; aggressive, with the ball he has pause, in set pieces he is aggressive,” the Spaniard said.

© IMAGO – Pep Guardiola
“Now Newcastle wants to grow and I am quite sure that it is part of their project for the next few years, definitely.”

Douglas Luiz and Joshua Kimmich also on City list
Two other names on the list for City include Joshua Kimmich, Bayern Munich’s unsettled midfield star who previously worked under Pep, and Douglas Luiz, who signed for City before moving to Aston Villa and becoming a Premier League mainstay.

Guimaraes has also attracted attention from European giants in the shape of Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona.

It is reportedly the player’s dream to one day play for Barca but their precarious finances mean they will only have €80m to spend this summer and will need to sell players before they make a splash in the market.

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Manchester City face exodus: SIX players could exit with Pep Guardiola
By Joe Mewis published 1 hour ago
As Pep Guardiola completes his eighth season at Manchester City, speculation over a future exit date grows

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola (Image credit: Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Pep Guardiola is about to complete his eighth season in charge of Manchester City and knows that victory in the next three matches will seal a record fourth consecutive Premier League title and a sixth championship of his reign.

This is now by far the longest Guardiola has stayed with one club, easily outstripping the four years he managed Barcelona and the three seasons in which he was at the helm of Bayern Munich. But how much longer will the 53-year-old remain at the Etihad for? Guardiola’s current contract expires at the end of 2025 and rumours are growing that this is the date he will say farewell to the club.

If Guardiola does call it a day in 12 months time, will any of his City players take that as the opportunity to follow him out of the door? Here is a look at the players who could potentially do just that.

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Kevin De Bruyne

Kevin De Bruyne
Like Guardiola, Kevin De Bruyne’s contract is set to expire in 2025, when the Belgian playmaker will be almost 34 years old.

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2. Stefan Ortega
Manchester City goalkeeper Stefan Ortega

Manchester City goalkeeper Stefan Ortega (Image credit: Alamy)
The only other player whos deal expires in 2025 is backup goalkeeper Stefan Ortega. A year older than City’s No.1 Ederson, the German may have to move on if he wants regular first-team football before his peak years end.

3. Kyle Walker
Kyle Walker

Kyle Walker
The England defender signed a new deal at the club last summer to end Bayern Munich’s hopes of signing him, meaning he is under contract until 2026.

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But the German side are rumoured to be back in for him and at the age of 33, if Walker does want to join his former teammate Harry Kane in Bavaria or head out for another new challenge, the clock is ticking.

4. Erling Haaland
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Manchester City striker Erling Haaland (Image credit: Getty Images)
Last year’s Golden Boot winner is under contract until 2027, but as long as he keeps scoring at a record-breaking pace, Europe’s biggest clubs will always be interested in signing him.

While Haaland looks to be happy in Manchester, a future Guardiola departure could be the catalyst for one of his potential suitors to make a move, amid a reported £170million release clause.

5. Jack Grealish
Jack Grealish #10 of Manchester City in action during the UEFA Champions League Group G match between Manchester City and BSC Young Boys at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester on Tuesday 7th November 2023. (Photo by MIke Morese/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

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If next season is to be Pep’s final campaign in Manchester, Jack Grealish will want to bounce back from what has been a stop-start year this time out, as a series of injuries have limited his action.

Like Haaland, Grealish is safely under contract until 2027, but a parting of ways with Guardiola may see one of the winger’s admirers move for him.

6. Bernardo Silva
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Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva
The Portuguese has a reported £50million release clause in his deal that runs until 2026 and at the age of 29, would probably have one more big move in him, should he fancy a new challenge.

One of Guardiola’s favourite players, Silva could see a future Pep exit (Pexit, anyone?) as the chance to try his luck in Italy or Spain.

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Sir Jim Ratcliffe wants to sign “superb” £35m Man City player for Man Utd.

After a difficult season, Manchester United have reportedly turned their attention towards the summer transfer window and a shock move to sign a Manchester City player.

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The Red Devils are entering their first summer transfer window under new co-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe and there’s no doubt that he’s got plenty of work to do when it comes to revamping the current United squad. His first move is reportedly set to be parting ways with Erik ten Hag, in a move that would come despite the manager’s recent confidence over his future.

Pep Guardiola makes feelings clear on John Stones after Man City no-show at Fulham
Manchester City have two Premier League matches remaining and know winning both will make it four successive league titles – with John Stones restricted to a watching brief during the 4-0 thumping of Fulham

Manchester City’s John Stones didn’t feature against Fulham
Manchester City’s John Stones didn’t feature against Fulham (Image: 2024 CameraSport)
ByNeil McLemanSports Writer
05:30, 13 May 2024UPDATED05:33, 13 MAY 2024
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City moved another step closer to retaining their Premier League title by deploying four centre-backs in a defence not including John Stones.

The £100million signing Jack Grealish, who was out ill, has made only 10 league starts this season. And their worst player on the pitch at Craven Cottage was 25-goal Erling Haaland who missed two clear chances.

But it did not matter when £77m defender Josko Gvardiol netted twice. The only doubt during this one-sided encounter was who was going to take the injury-time penalty converted by Julian Alvarez for the final goal.

The Premier League’s claim to be the most competitive in the world took more time off to enjoy the sun down by the Thames. And the biggest question after the FA Cup finalists’ seventh consecutive Premier League win by at least two goals is: How long will their domestic domination continue?

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On recent evidence, only the departure of Guardiola when his contract expires next summer – or if City are found guilty of breaking PSR rules – can stop the World Club Champions at home.

The case of Stones shows how strong they are. He is the best English centre-back and essential if the Three Lions are to get close to winning Euro 2024.

For City he has been on the bench for six of the last seven and has not started in the Premier League for a month. Stones did not even come off the bench when Nathan Ake went off injured.

At least he will be rested for Germany.

Manchester City manager Josep Guardiola
Manchester City manager Josep Guardiola ( Image: 2024 CameraSport)
“He is really ok,” said Guardiola. “Sometimes the players make a step up, the other ones.

“Mateo (Kovacic) is playing unbelievable now, Nathan (Ake) was unbelievable as well. That is why also. When you play games in that position.

“Jack last season played a lot. This season he plays less. And in this team, you have to perform consistently well, well, well many, many times. I know their qualities.”

The Catalan’s ability to refresh his squad every season ensures his players don’t get old together as young blood is injected. The three goalscorers at Fulham – Gvardiol, Foden and Alvarez – are 22, 23 and 24.

The Croatian defender started slowly in the Premier League career but has had the time to adapt.

“When you talk about football and all life, life is about confidence,” said Guardiola. “He has come here for many, many years and he is proving to himself that he can do it and play with us. He wants to be better and better, and when that happens you have something special.”

Josko Gvardiol has five goals in seven matches ( Image: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
Gvardiol, who has scored five in seven, said: “Currently I’m in good form and the end of the season is coming. Three more finals so we need to be ready.

“We were discussing about me taking the penalty I said I’d like to take it, but we know who is the taker and he takes. In the end it was Julian and I’m happy for him to score a goal.”

Fulham had the same number of shots on target as red cards after Issa Diop got a second yellow for his stoppage time on Alvarez for the penalty

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