Manchester City Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of June 9
Manchester City’s players may be concentrating on the World Cup, but that doesn’t stop the club from continuing to go about their usual business.
Manuel Pellegrini will be desperate to improve upon his squad, which achieved Premier League glory last season, and he will no doubt be scouting a number of players both in Brazil and beyond over the next few months.
Who is coming in and going out at City?
Here are this week’s news stories and rumours.
Last updated Saturday, June 14.
City Confirm Bacary Sagna Arrival on Free Transfer
City confirmed the signing of Bacary Sagna on Friday, with a statement on the club's website reading:
Manchester City are delighted to announce that Bacary Sagna will join the club for next season.
The 31-year-old full-back will complete his transfer from Arsenal on a three year contract following the World Cup in Brazil, where he is currently on duty with the French squad.
Sagna is a hugely experienced defender, having represented Arsenal 213 times since joining them from Auxerre in 2007. During that time he has picked up 41 caps for the French national side.
France are in Group E of the World Cup, alongside Switzerland, Ecuador and Honduras. They begin their World Cup campaign against Honduras on Sunday.
Sagna will join up with his new team-mates for the first time after the end of the World Cup, when the squad take in their tour to America.
He will take up the vacant squad number 3, the same number he wore for the Gunners.
Fredy Guarin to Be Offered by Inter in Stevan Jovetic Deal?
Guarin is tipped to be a vital player for Colombia this summer, and has impressed at Inter ever since joining from Porto in 2012.
Aleksandar Kolarov Signs New Three-Year Contract Extension
The Daily Mirror report that Aleksandar Kolarov has signed a three-year extension to his Manchester City contract, tying the Serbian to the Etihad Stadium until 2018.
Kolarov told City's official website:
I am very happy and very proud of this new contract.
Bacary Sagna Bids Farwell to Arsenal
Sagna used his Instagram and Twitter accounts to post the following:
To be fair, i don’t even know where to start or even how to say it... but i just wanna thank the whole Arsenal FC... a family to me, a club who taught me so much in 7 years, a club where i had the chance to progress day by day, a club who always gave me his trust whenever i was personally not at my best, a club who change the kid i was to the man i am today, a club where i had the pleasure to give 200 pr cent every game .
I wanna thank the whole staff working at the club, the fans for accepting me so fast, making it smoove for myself and my family, my team mates witch i consider my true friends today and i had a great pleasure learning with them.
Of course i wanna thank the coach MR WENGER... who believed in me..gave me his trust..and clearly changed my life. Now, it’s time for me to move on and one more time THANK YOU.
Yaya Toure to Stay at City, Says Father
Yaya Toure will stay at Manchester City this summer, according to his father.
The midfielder hit the headlines following his disappointment that City failed to acknowledge his birthday earlier this year, but Mory Toure told Goal.com:
No, he won’t leave.
And it’s not even my wish that he leaves Manchester City. It’s said that the most wished for changes bring their sadness. And I reconfirm that he won’t leave.
If Yaya wanted Manchester City to pay particular attention to the date of his birthday, it’s because he felt that it was the right moment for the club to show him their consideration for all the sacrifices made for City to be at this level.
It’s a situation he didn’t appreciate. And as he’s a boy who doesn’t keep his frustrations to himself, he preferred to express himself. But I think it’s a situation which will be resolved.
Micah Richards Lined Up for West Ham Move
Richards reportedly wants to leave the Etihad Stadium in order to gain more first-time football, with Sam Allardyce apparently waiting in the wings to take him to Upton Park.
Inter Milan Look to End Stevan Jovetic's Manchester City Stay
Former Fiorentina forward Stevan Jovetic could be be set for a quick return to Italy just a year after moving from Serie A, with Inter Milan lining up a move for the Montenegrin according to the Daily Mirror.
The 24-year-old struggled badly with injury last season, making just five starts and scoring six goals.
Fernando and Sagna Deals Finally Set to Be Completed
Both players have long been linked with move to the Etihad Stadium, and it now appears to be a matter of when they complete their moves as opposed to if.
City to Move for £40m Angel Di Maria?
Arsenal and Manchester United are also monitoring the 26-year-old, who is set to star for Argentina at the World Cup.
Jose Callejon a Target for Both Chelsea and City
The Spaniard enjoyed a fine debut season in Serie A under compatriot Rafael Benitez, and the report claims that both Chelsea and City are willing to pay around £10 million to acquire his services.
City Eye Pepe to Be Vincent Kompany's Partner
The centre-back is reportedly being targeted as a new partner for Vincent Kompany.
He won’t come cheap, though, and is being valued at around €30 million.