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Manchester City round-up: Arsenal defender approached; Bertrand deal re-ignited; Spanish teenager signed

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Manchester City round-up: Arsenal defender approached; Bertrand deal re-ignited; Spanish teenager signed

According to reports from France over the past day, Manchester City have allegedly upped their interest in Arsenal centre-back Laurent Koscielny this summer.

French outlet Telefoot claim that the Citizens have been keeping one eye on the Frenchman’s situation at the Emirates and have already been in touch with the North London side to enquire about Koscielny.

But The Sun have reported that Pep Guardiola’s side could face stiff competition to secure the signing of the Arsenal captain with both Marseille and AC Milan both showing renewed interest.

Marseille are believed to want Koscielny back in his native France and, with Arsenal missing out on Champions League football next season, they think there is no better time for the switch to happen.

It is thought that – due to the 31-year-old having three years left on his contract – it could potentially take an offer of around £30million to even begin persuading Arsene Wenger into a deal.

Meanwhile, the Mirror reports that Manchester City’s interest in Southampton left-back Ryan Bertrand has been re-ignited this summer, after Benjamin Mendy’s price-tag has stalled a move.

The report claims that French outfit Monaco are holding out for £40million for their French full-back Mendy – a price that Guardiola is unwilling to stretch to.

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And this has re-opened the door for Southampton and England’s 27-year-old full-back, with the Citizens in need of wide defenders after releasing Gael Clichy, Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna.

 

Bertrand made 28 appearances for the Saints in the Premier League last season and has also established himself as a regular starter for Gareth Southgate’s England side in recent months.

In other news, reports coming from Spain suggest that Manchester City have managed to spark an agreement with Barcelona to bring in extremely promising centre-back Eric Garcia over to England.

The 16-year-old defender has impressed on his way through the ranks at the Nou Camp and is now set to join up with City’s youth system in a move that could cost around £1.6million.

Yet Marca report that the La Liga side are unhappy with the role that former player Carlos Puyol – who is Garcia’s representative – has played in advocating the switch.

Puyol told Barcelona that Garcia had no intention of staying at the club anymore, despite being touted for a first-team debut in the upcoming years, and has been the architect of a move to City.

The 16-year-old has been likened to ex-Manchester United and Barcelona defender Gerard Pique due to his composure on the ball, ability to play out from the back and naturally read the game.

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