Real Madrid are interested in signing FOUR of Manchester City’s double-winning team in the summer transfer window, according to Stuart Brennan of the Manchester Evening News.
As they look to rebuild their squad in an attempt to challenge La Liga champions-elect Barcelona next season, Los Blancos are expected to spend heavily in the summer and their targets include Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sané and John Stones it is reported. Liverpool’s PFA Player of the Year Mo Salah is also on their wish-list.
City’s stance is clear – they will refuse any approach and tell Real Madrid that none of the players are available at any price, similar to the case with Sergio Aguero who has been trailed by Real Madrid for years since his arrival in Manchester.
Good relations exist between Man City and Real Madrid, largely centered around a friendship between Sheikh Mansour and Florentino Perez which extends to business arrangements outside of football, and as such City have never had to deal with any aggressive approaches from Real Madrid, or vice versa.
As City Watch revealed in November, the Spanish giants did contract Patrick De Koster, the agent of De Bruyne, to register their interest in signing the Belgian. His position was clear – he didn’t want to leave Manchester City and later agreed a new deal.
Pep Guardiola wants few changes to his squad this summer, with the current plans being to bring in only two major additions – a holding midfielder, likely to be Napoli’s Jorginho, and a world-class forward who can play out wide and through the middle. A centre-back has also been speculated, but doesn’t seem to be a priority, with Guardiola still having faith in Stones despite reports that he could be put up for sale.
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