Manchester City Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of August 18
Manchester City's 2-0 win over Newcastle at St. James' Park saw their title defence get off to a perfect start, but with just less than two weeks remaining in the transfer window, there could still be incomings and outgoings at the Etihad.
They've already completed deals for Bacary Sagna, Fernando, Eliaquim Mangala, Willy Caballero and Bruno Zuculini. However, there may still be room for further additions following the exits of Jack Rodwell and Javi Garcia, with further exits also looking very likely.
Here, we take a look at all the news and rumours concerning City.
Last updated: Tuesday, August 19.
Zuculini Set for Valencia Loan Move
A report by Simon Jones in the Main suggests new City man Bruno Zuculini, who impressed during preseason, is set for a loan spell at Valencia.
Jones says City wanted Zuculini to join Sunderland, but red tape prevents a player from signing for one Premier League and then moving immediately to another.
Zuculini is seen as a player capable of challenging for a place in the City midfield despite the wealth of options the club has, but it's felt a loan spell is beneficial in the short term.
Edin Dzeko Set for New Contract
According to Martin Hardy, writing in the London Evening Standard, City striker Edin Dzeko is set to be the next player to sign a new deal at the club.
It follows hot on the heels of David Silva, Vincent Kompany and Sergio Aguero, all of whom penned new five-year deals. City's director of football, Txiki Begiristain, has clearly made contract renewals for the club's best players a priority, and with Dzeko currently into the final year of his contract, signing him up has become imperative.
He finished last season as City's most-important striker given Aguero's injury concerns, scoring a raft of vital goals as City overtook Liverpool in the final weeks to seal their second Premier League crown in three seasons.
Hardy says a deal is agreed, and he quotes Manuel Pellegrini as saying:
Yes - I don’t think it’s 100% finished - but yes he will renew his contract. He’s a very important player for us.
It’s not strange for me to see him play like that - he finished last season playing very well. He has grown. He’s a team player. I’m very happy for him. That’s why he is renewing his contract here - he has a very important duty in our team.
Edin finished last season playing very well and today he was one of our best players, not just because of the way he created the first goal and worked but he won a lot of headers and duels and held the ball up well. It was a complete performance. He has started the season where he left off last season.
City Quartet Could All Leave
Stuart Brennan of the Manchester Evening News is reporting Monday that Matija Nastasic, Micah Richards, Scott Sinclair and John Guidetti could all be set to exit the Etihad before the transfer window closes.
Nastasic will have no shortage of options given his reputation. His first season at City saw him put in a string of assured displays, launching him from relatively unknown to a player considered one of the best young defenders in Europe.
Richards, though, has a poor injury record, and clubs currently seem reluctant to push through a deal for a player they can't guarantee will be fit for the majority of the campaign. He's known as a player capable of performing well at the highest level, but it's been two years since he's been able to prove that consistently after a run of bad injuries.
Pellegrini said after the win over Newcastle:
Matija needs to play. We already have important players here with four full backs, Demichelis, Kompany, Mangala and Boyata.
So we will see in the next few days what happens with Nastasic. He is an important player, but he has offers and I think the best thing for him is to play.
We will see what happens, but we have until the end of August to see what kind of offers we get for Matija.
That also goes for Micah Richards, who didn't want to continue here because he wants to play more - he had a contract to renew but didn't want it.
So we have three or four players extra - Scott Sinclair and John Guidetti are also important players, but I don't like to have so many in the squad.