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Kylian Mbappe is talking about his future again, which sounds like bad news for Paris Saint-Germain – but not necessarily good news for Real Madrid.
Another Ligue 1 forward could be on the move and that could influence the future of Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic, who has been in goal again and linked with City in recent days.
Meanwhile, there is a strong hint that Barcelona may have to think again when it comes to getting Ferran Torres on the cheap.
Big time kylian
Mbappe enjoyed his outstanding Champions League performance at the Etihad Stadium when he scored for Monaco in an exciting game against the Blues in 2016.
He made it two-to-two in east Manchester when he opened the scoring for PSG last month, only for City to win 2-1.
The French superstar was targeted by Real Madrid in the previous transfer window and his next move remains a major source of intrigue – not least because his contract in Paris expires at the end of the season.
“It’s not easy. Whatever happens, I’m going to play for a big club,” in comments that could put City and other top European clubs on high alert.
“People would ask me if I was not too disappointed [about not joining Real Madrid]. Yes, a little bit at the beginning, when I wanted to leave, but I was not in the third division. “
Our point of view
Come to Eastlands, Kylian, and we’ll find plenty of people to feast on stories about playing in the third level!
Mbappe is a player Pep Guardiola is known to admire, but the sight of PSG’s static attacking line as City buzzed relentlessly all around them painted Mauricio Pochettino Galactic in a bad light.
There is no doubt about the 22-year-old’s supreme talent and he has everything to be remembered as a defining player of his generation. At present, Mbappe is not living up to this bill.
In contrast, City’s all-for-one and one-for-all approach is characterized by former Monaco teammate Bernardo Silva producing all-in-action screens.
Mbappe is at a crossroads but, unless he shows he may be ready to adjust to Guardiola’s setup, he’s the one the Blues must watch unfold from a distance for now. .
Could Ikone lead to Vlahovic’s turn?
Italian media Corriere dello Sport have identified City as the favorites of Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic.
The Serbian international has a price tag of â¬ 70million, which is increasingly looking like a bargain.
His penalty to get three points for I violate against Bologna on Sunday brought him to 30 goals for the calendar year in Serie A. Vlahovic is only the fourth player to accomplish the feat despite being under 22.
Fiorentina appear to be wisely planning their lives after Dusan, with the â¬ 15million capture of Lille striker Jonathan Ikone reportedly imminent by transfer expert Fabrizio Romano
However, Ikone’s signing is reportedly not linked to any departure of Vlahovic in January.
Our point of view
Vlahovic is racking up an impressive job and, at the price quoted, it would make sense for City to at least test the water.
Naturally, Fiorentina’s public position will be to paint a one-line picture ahead of Vlahovic-Ikone to lead their charge for European qualifying, but we all know how these things tend to play out.
In a year where Mbappe and Erling Haaland both appear to be in the market, City turning to Vlahovic could be a shrewd move.
Despite the massive spending of the Guardiola years, City tend to buy players with the potential to learn, grow and flourish at the Etihad stadium, as opposed to ready-made superstars.
Vlahovic is an exciting talent and certainly fits that record better than any of the more glamorous names connected with City.
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Barcelona told Ferran the imposing value
Barcelona, ââin their secular My What A Club manner of treating with respect, have made their desire to sign City forward Ferran Torres very public.
Vice-President Rafael Yuste spoke of having “friends at Manchester City” and that’s great, but if you want top talent you have to pay the money. And Barcelona don’t really have too many at the moment.
A CIES Football Observatory report released on Monday gave an estimate of transfer values ââfor under-23 players in the top five European leagues and there is no doubt that Ferran is in the top bracket.
Among forwards, Haaland, Vinicius Jr and our own Phil Foden lead with â¬ 150million, while Ferran comes behind Manchester United duo Mason Greenwood and Jadon Sancho with â¬ 120million.
Our point of view
Obviously, such reports do not define the prices that will actually be paid for players, but it does give a practical indication of Ferran’s position among his peers.
Such a player shouldn’t be the subject of haggling at around halfway through that assessment, with the prospect of throwing in some scraps from Barca’s first team as questionable sweeteners.
If Ferran wants to join Barcelona, ââthen all is well. But the La Liga giants just have to pay top dollar or they waste everyone’s time.
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