The English giant, Manchester City are planning to bid for Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez and Kevin De Bruyne of Vfl Wolfsburg in this summer transfer window. According to the recent transfer rumours, Man City have already made inquiry for the availability of this two star players in order to bring youthful and energetic talents in their present ageing squad.
The capture of Rodriguez might cost more than £20 million if the City want to land the English international at Etihad. Rodriguez has been a prime target for the Citizens as they are struggling in the current league run. The defending champions have failed to carry their last year’s outstanding form in this campaign as they are in the fourth position in the Premier League table, 12 points behind the league leader Chelsea.
City’s dream of hanging on to their league title has definitely faded away because of their rival Chelsea’s superb performance under Mourinho’s management. Their poor performance is creating much headache which has compelled Pellegrini to seek success in the new players.
The Saints will likely try to hold the forward at the St Mary’s Stadium though the 25-year-old attacker has missed the full season due to cruciate knee ligament injury.
Man City will face competition in their hunt to lure Rodriguez at Etihad as the Spurs are also keen to attain the services of former Burnley striker. The Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino will be happy to see his former disciple at White Hart Lane. But as per the recent transfer rumours, the Saints refused to accept any offer from Tottenham in the last season.
Southampton boss Ronald Koeman wants him to stay at St Mary’s Stadium as the striker fits in his plan. The Saints have developed tremendously under Koeman’s surveillance this season, holding the seventh place in the league table with just 1 point behind the Spurs. They still posses a chance to finish this campaign at the fifth place.
Man City will try to add some English players to their squad to meet the homegrown player quotas.
The Citizens are also interested in Ross Barkley and Raheem Sterling, according to the latest transfer rumours. City were ready to pay £30 million for the Everton youngster last summer, but the Toffees demanded £50 million to begin any further talk. Despite having a poor season so far, Everton will stick to their earlier valuation if they decide to let go of Barkley.
Liverpool’s prolific winger Raheem Sterling has refused to sign a new contract which has allowed the big guns to keep a close eye on him. Man City is also monitoring this dynamic winger, but the City boss Manuel Pellegrini doubted that Sterling might cost them £100 million even if they managed to convince the Reds.
The Belgian international Kevin De Bruyne’s Agent,Patrick De Koster has confirmed that Man City have discussed about a possible move for the Wolfsburg’s attacking midfielder with him. He has admitted that European clubs are highly interested in the 23-year-old attacking midfielder.
De Bruyne has scored 15 goals and assisted 24 others after his arrival from Chelsea at Volkswagen Arena for a fee of £18 million. According to his agent, Man City heads have held a meeting and expressed their desire to bring the Belgian in the top flight of England.
De Koster told, “I have met the people from Manchester City and we are familiar with each other.”
“I’ve never talked to anyone from Manchester United, but several other clubs have been in touch to survey some general information.”
He further added, “For the moment, there are no formal conversations. Of course in the next few weeks I will be going around the world to speak about the situation with Kevin but this is just casual information.”
“I will talk to everybody, but Kevin is very, very happy with Wolfsburg and the way they have treated him since he arrived from Chelsea last year.”
He explained that any deal is yet to be finalized. “There are still five matches to play and hopefully they can make sure of a place in the Champions League next season so it is a little bit too early to be making any decisions. He has a four-year contract at Wolfsburg so we will have to see what they want to do.”