Saturday's Man City transfer talk: Traore, Perin, Chilwell

sportsmole.co.uk, 11 July 2020, 04:58
Saturday

The buildup to the summer transfer window has now begun, with rumours and speculation continuing to swirl as Manchester City eye possible reinforcements.

The 2018-19 champions did not bring in a single player during the January transfer window, despite suffering a defensive shortage for much of the campaign so far.

Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest news on possible comings and goings at the Etihad.

Saturday morning's Manchester City transfer talk news roundup:

Manchester United 'join the race for £60m Ben Chilwell'

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Manchester United are reportedly ready to battle Chelsea and Manchester City for the signature of Leicester City defender Ben Chilwell during this summer's transfer window.

The England international is expected to leave the Foxes ahead of the 2020-21 campaign, and both Chelsea and City have been credited with an interest in his services.

However, according to The Sun, United are ready to 'battle it out' with their Premier League rivals for the left-back, with Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer determined to build a title-winning side.

The 23-year-old has been in impressive form for Brendan Rodgers's side during the 2019-20 season, scoring three times and providing four assists in 33 appearances in all competitions.

Leicester are believed to value Chilwell in the region of £60m and are in a strong position when it comes to negotiations as they have the defender on a contract until June 2024.

Luke Shaw is currently United's first-choice left-back, and the former Southampton youngster is arguably enjoying his most productive season for the club since arriving in 2014.

Manchester City to rival Tottenham Hotspur for Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg?

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Manchester City are reportedly considering whether to make a bid for Southampton midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.

While the Denmark international has previously been regarded as a key man at St Mary's, the 24-year-old was recently stripped of the captaincy due to his desire to leave this summer.

With just one year remaining on his contract, Tottenham Hotspur have been heavily linked with an approach for the player before the beginning of next season.

However, according to the Daily Record, City are also monitoring the situation as they contemplate making new additions.

Although Pep Guardiola is well stocked for options in the middle of the pitch, City could arguably benefit from having a box-to-box midfielder in their ranks.

Despite his contract situation, Southampton may demand in excess of £15m for Hojbjerg.

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