Recent media reports on players until now heavily linked with Manchester City would seem to be taking on a common theme: i.e. they’re not coming!
Goal.com have quoted Carlo Ancelotti who insists that Joshua Kimmich is not for sale:”There is no possibility of Joshua Kimmich leaving this club. He stays here. He is important for us now and in the future” the Italian said in a press conference. Kimmich is believed to be viewed as the long term successor to the retiring Philip Lahm.
“Kingsley Coman will stay too” added the coach and this sentiment was echoed by Karl-Heinz Rummenigge who has claimed that the German champions are keen to take up their option to make Coman’s loan permanent
Elsewhere The Guardian has reported that Chelsea, not City are set to sign Virgil Van Dijk for approximately 50 million GBP and therefore pip Pep to the mark, with the player said to prefer the idea of living in London rather than Manchester.
CityWatch have also quoted Jose Luis Gaya‘s response to questions regarding his future at a recent autograph-signing session: “I don’t know why you ask me that question. I have always said that I have a contract until 2020, so I still have many years left on my deal” protested the young full-back.
Verdict from The Blue
Media hogwash! They would say that at this stage of the season now, wouldn’t they? And if the Van Dijk to Chelsea rumour is true, then that leaves us free to make an unchallenged bid for Leonardo Bonucci!
The one nay-saying report which does have more credibility is The Mirror‘s on Gianluigi Donnarumma, a player who would cost well over 100 million euros were he to be available. The Mirror cite Silvio Berlusconi on the subject and the old rascal was adamant:
“Gigio is one of Milan’s jewels. He’s a gorgeous product of our youth system, he feels strong attachment in his heart to the jersey and the Rossoneri colours. For us he’s completely off the market.”
With City almost certain to sign Ederson Moraes, rumours of interest in the 18 year-old Donnarumma always seemed far-fetched.
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