Man City transfer window stance two days from the deadline
The chances of Manchester City adding any more players to their squad before Monday’s transfer deadline are almost non-existent.
There is a slim chance that they could still move for a left back, but that depends on several factors all falling into place.
One of those factors is that Aleks Zinchenko has a change of heart and decides he wants a move away – and another is that the club can find a buyer ready to meet the asking price for the Ukraine international.
If that happens, the Blues will be in the market for a left back to challenge Benjamin Mendy.
They have been looking at several options, one of which is Ajax’s Nicolas Tagliafico, but the Dutch club have already said the Argentina international is going nowhere as they prepare for a Champions League campaign.
Any other left back targets would have to fall within City’s budget, limited after a £126million outlay on Ruben Dias, Nathan Ake and Ferran Torres, which has been partially balanced out by the £59m sales of Leroy Sane and Nicolas Otamendi.
The books could look even healthier if Barcelona press home their interest in defender Eric Garcia, but the two clubs seem a long way apart in valuation.
City boss Pep Guardiola was asked about Garcia, but other than confirming there is no deal, added nothing new.
“I don’t know, I cannot answer this question,” he said when quizzed about the possible move. “Today he’s our player and on Monday I think the transfer window finishes. I don’t know what will happen.
“I know he wants to leave and that Barcelona want him but there is no deal between the clubs right now. How it’s going to finish I don’t know.”
The Catalan club, according to reports in Spain, have put together a bid which is for a paltry £7.2million initial fee, with add-ons depending on Garcia’s success.
City want north of £20million to even consider letting the 19-year-old go. If Barcelona stick at their low bid, the Blues think Garcia’s contribution to the coming season – the last year of his current contract – could be more valuable to them than the money.