According to the Daily Mail, Premier League champions Manchester City are looking to raise more than £70m through the sale of fringe players this summer. The sale of these players will boost Pep Guardiola’s transfer kitty, as the Sky Blues aim to spend again after a successful campaign.
It is an open secret that Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola wants to sign England duo Harry Kane and Jack Grealish—both part of Gareth Southgate’s UEFA Euro 2020 squad. The Spanish tactician wants to use the funds generated by sales of fringe players to buy both Kane and Grealish.
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The Daily Mail report the Cityzens are ready to let go of some of their young talent unable to break through into the first team.
After three successful years on loan, Leeds United are set to trigger an obligation to buy Jack Harrison for a deal worth £13m including bonuses from Manchester City.
Sporting Lisbon are keen on securing a permanent transfer of Pedro Porro, who impressed during a season on loan.
City youngster Lukas Nmecha, who recently won the Under-21 European Championship with Germany in Ljubljana, has also been linked with a move away to Sporting Lisbon. He is rated at around £15m having finished his loan spell at Belgian club Anderlecht as top scorer, the Daily Mail claim.
Other City youngsters such as Yangel Herrera, Ivan Ilic and Morgan Rogers are also likely to depart in this transfer window.
Plus, the Sky Blues are due a 15 per cent cut on Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho’s next move thanks to a sell-on clause inserted in the deal. Sancho, whose next destination is likely to be at Manchester United, can leave Dortmund for £77.5m, the report adds.
The likes of Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, Riyad Mahrez, Aymeric Laporte, Ilkay Gundogan and Bernardo Silva may also look for pastures new given Guardiola’s pursuit of Kane and Grealish. That being said, City’s top authorities have some tough decisions to make on first-team players.
All in all, both Kane and Grealish would make City stronger in the Premier League, whilst sprinkling a bit of stardust on the squad to challenge for the coveted Champions League trophy next term.