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Kylian Mbappe is talking about his future again, which looks like bad news for Paris Saint-Germain - but not necessarily guaranteed good news for Real Madrid.
Another Ligue 1 forward could be on the move and that may influence the future of Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic, who has again been in the goals and linked with City over recent days.
Meanwhile, there is a strong hint that Barcelona might have to think again when it comes to getting Ferran Torres on the cheap.
Big time Kylian
Mbappe enjoyed his breakout Champions League performance at the Etihad Stadium when he scored for Monaco in a thrilling tie against the Blues in 2016.
He made it two in two in east Manchester when he opened the scoring for PSG last month, only for City to prevail 2-1.
The France superstar was targeted by Real Madrid during 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 remarks that could place City and other elite European clubs on high alert.
"People were asking me if I wasn't too disappointed [about not joining Real Madrid]. Yes, a bit at the beginning, when I wanted to leave, but I wasn't in the third division."
Come to Eastlands, Kylian, and we’ll find plenty of people to regale you with stories about playing in the third tier!
Mbappe is a player Pep Guardiola is on record as admiring, but the sight of PSG’s static all-star forward line as City buzzed relentlessly all around them painted Mauricio Pochettino’s Galacticos in a poor light.
The 22-year-old’s supreme talent is beyond doubt and he has everything to be remembered as the defining player of his generation. Right now, Mbappe is not living up to that billing.
By contrast, City’s all for one and one for all approach is typified by his former Monaco team-mate Bernardo Silva producing all-action displays.
Mbappe is at a career crossroads but, unless he shows he might be ready to adapt to Guardiola’s setup, this is one for the Blues to watch unfold from a distance for now.
Could Ikone lead to Vlahovic turning point?
Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport has identified City as frontrunners for Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic.
The Serbia international has a €70million price tag, which increasingly looks like a bit of a bargain.
His penalty to secure three points for I Viola against Bologna on Sunday took him on to 30 goals for the calendar year in Serie A. Vlahovic is only the fourth player to accomplish this feat when under the age of 22.
Fiorentina wisely appear to be planning for life after Dusan, with the €15m capture of Lille forward Jonathan Ikone said to be imminent by transfer expert Fabrizio Romano
However, Ikone’s signing is said not to be linked to any departure for Vlahovic in January.
Vlahovic is amassing an impressive body of work and, at the quoted price, it would seem sensible for City to at least test the water.
Naturally, the public stance from Fiorentina will be to paint a picture of a Vlahovic-Ikone forward line to spearhead their charge for European qualification, but we all know how these things tend to pan out.
In a year when Mbappe and Erling Haaland both look like being on the market, City switching their attention to Vlahovic could be a shrewd course of action.
Despite the considerable outlay 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 this brief better than any of the more glamorous names linked with City.
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Barcelona told Ferran’s towering value
Barcelona, in their time-honoured Mes Que Un Club manner of respectful dealings, have made their desire to sign City forward Ferran Torres very public indeed.
Vice-president Rafael Yuste has spoken of having “friends at Manchester City” and that’s lovely, but if you want a prime talent you have to pay the money. And Barcelona don’t really have too much of that right now.
A report by the CIES Football Observatory published on Monday has given estimated transfer values of players under 23 in Europe’s big five leagues and it leaves no doubt at all that Ferran is in the very top bracket.
Among the forwards, Haaland, Vinicius Jr and our very own Phil Foden lead the way on €150m, while Ferran comes in below Manchester United duo Mason Greenwood and Jadon Sancho on €120m.
Obviously, such reports do not define what prices will actually be paid for players but it gives a handy indication of Ferran’s standing among his peers.
Such a player should not be the subject of haggling at around half of that valuation, along with the prospect of chucking in a few Barca first-team cast-offs as dubious sweeteners.
If Ferran wants to join Barcelona, then all good. But the LaLiga giants simply must pay top dollar or they’re wasting everybody’s time.
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