Manchester City Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of June 2

Mark JonesFeatured ColumnistJune 2, 2014

Manchester City Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of June 2

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    With June comes the World Cup, but the action in Brazil won't stop Premier League champions Manchester City from being linked with a host of transfers both in and out of the club.

    City remain both a desirable location for plenty of players and a target for those clubs looking to pick off their best talents, but just what are the latest stories and whom do they concern?

    Remember to check back here all week for the latest news.

    Last updated Saturday, June 7.

New Deal for Samir Nasri Set to Kick off Several Extensions

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    The Guardian report that Samir Nasri is expected to sign a new five-year contract at Manchester City, with the Frenchman's new deal kicking off several contract extensions at the club.

    City are also looking to tie Joe Hart, Edin Dzeko and Aleksandar Kolarov to longer deals, although they are losing their battle to keep James Milner at the club.

Eliaquim Mangala Would "Prefer United over City"

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    France and Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala has cast doubt over his proposed move to City by apparently claiming he'd prefer to join rivals Manchester United.

    The Guardian claim that Mangala, a huge fan of the Premier League, would love to join up with new United boss Louis van Gaal, although the Dutchman is less keen to make a move for the £35 million rated centre-back.

Bacary Sagna's Agent Confirms City Move

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    One of the worst kept secrets in football came closer to being revealed on Thursday, as Bacary Sagna's agent confirmed that the defender should be joining City.

    As reported by ESPN, Laurent Gutsmuth said:

    It's true that we were contacted [by Napoli], but for information only. We never spoke about figures.

    He should be signing for Manchester City.

Fernando Move to Be Rushed Through, but Mangala Will Have to Wait

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    City are still chasing two of Porto's finest players, but the Daily Star reports that a deal for one will be more complicated than the other.

    Midfielder Fernando is widely expected to join in the coming days, but the signing of his teammate Eliaquim Mangala has been complicated by the fact that the France defender won't discuss his future until after the World Cup.

Bayern Munich Target Aleksandar Kolarov

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    The Daily Mirror claim that Bayern Munich are lining up a move for City's 28-year-old left-back Aleksandar Kolarov, who is entering the final year of his contract.

    The Serbian has also been attracting the attention of Juventus and Roma this season, and could be moved on by City after four years at the club.

City Rule out Sergio Aguero Sale

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    The Daily Mirror also claim that City have ruled out selling Sergio Aguero at any price.

    Real Madrid have been credited with an interest in the Argentina forward, who remains committed to the club after 75 goals in 122 appearances.

Confusion over Short-Term Frank Lampard Deal

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    Monday brings conflicting reports over the future of England midfielder Frank Lampard, who is available on a free transfer after his Chelsea contract expired.

    Lampard has been lined up for a move to City's U.S. franchise club, New York City FC, but the Daily Mirror's Darren Lewis claims the 36-year-old could join the Premier League champions on a short-term deal before moving to the MLS when their new season starts in March 2015.

    Stuart Brennan of the Manchester Evening News refutes those claims. He reports that neither Lampard nor David Villa, who is also being lined up for a move to New York, will play for Manuel Pellegrini's men before moving stateside.

City Hope to Wrap Up Signing of Porto's Fernando This Week

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    One midfielder that Brennan does say is moving to the Etihad Stadium is Fernando of Porto, who City hope to sign by the end of this week.

    Again writing in the Manchester Evening News, Brennan claims that City will pay an initial £12.2 million for the Brazilian-born Portuguese citizen, with the deal rising to £16.2 million depending on the progress of the player.

    He is expected to replace Jack Rodwell in the squad. 

No Move for Cesc Fabregas on the Cards

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    The Daily Mail's northern football correspondent, Ian Ladyman, has claimed that City are not in the running for Barcelona and Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas.

    Ladyman tweeted on Sunday night: 

    #mcfc aren't in the bidding for fabregas

    — Ian Ladyman (@Ian_Ladyman_DM) June 1, 2014