According to reports in France over the past day, on-loan Bayern Munich midfielder Kingsley Coman has allegedly stalled prospects of a permanent move to Germany over the summer.
Coman, who is on-loan from Italian giants Juventus for the season, is getting cold feet according to French outlet Le Parisien and this could open the door once again for Manchester City.
The 20-year-old has struggled to stake a claim for a regular first-team spot this year, playing second-fiddle to Arjen Robben for most of it, and a move to the Etihad is now growing in potential.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was at Bayern during the French international’s first season in the Bundesliga, and this previous link could help tempt Coman in a move to England.
The report claims that Coman, who has managed two goals in just seven Bundesliga starts this season, is also on the radar of City’s Premier League rivals Chelsea and Arsenal.
Another Manchester City transfer target for the upcoming window is Sunderland and England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford; but Black Cats boss David Moyes has warned against the youngster making the move.
According to the Manchester Evening News, the Sunderland boss said that a move to the Premier League giants could prove to be a ‘backwards step’ in the career of the 23-year-old at this stage.
Speaking yesterday, the ex-Manchester United boss said:
“What Jordan can’t afford is a year not playing. It would be a backward step if he wasn’t going to be a number one. I don’t think it would do him any good at all if he was to spend a season as a number two.
“He’s only 23 and maybe needs more maturity before he becomes the absolute real deal. But, as long as he keeps himself right and does the right things. he’ll be okay.”
With Manchester City currently without a real number one due to the inconsistency of Claudio Bravo, and with Willy Caballero out of contract at the end of the season and Pep Guardiola unlikely to make a U-turn on Joe Hart’s future, City will be looking to acquire another ‘keeper this summer.
Despite Sunderland’s ominous predicament in the Premier League at present, with relegation to the Championship looming large, Pickford has been one of the stand-out goalkeepers in the English top flight all season and was rewarded with a PFA Young Player of the Year nomination just last week.
Aside from transfer speculation, Manchester City midfield Leroy Sane has claimed that manager Guardiola has helped him transform into a more complete player since his arrival.
Sane, 21, arrived at the Etihad Stadium from German outfit Schalke for £37 million over the summer, and after a slow start to life in Manchester he’s hit a purple patch of form of late.
Also nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year award last week, Sane has said that the Spaniard has made the smaller details of his game better as he’s grown into the Premier League.
Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, Sane said:
“He has made me a more complete player. Sometimes I have to play in the middle, against some teams, although mostly I play wide.
“He has made me look more at the details, to keep the ball better, to be more aggressive in my action when I get the ball.”
The German international has managed nine goals in 20 league appearances this season – chipping in with three assists – as the Citizens have increased their counter-attacking intent in recent weeks.
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