Man City ‘seriously interested’ in £50m transfer and Lionel Messi available

Manchester City have been making significant headway in their pursuit of key transfer targets as Pep Guardiola looks to protect City’s Premier League title and finally break their Champions League duck

Last week, reports indicated the Sky Blues were ready to test Aston Villa’s resolve with a Premier League-record £100million bid for Aston Villa.

One man who is said to be on Pep Guardiola’s radar is Sergio Ramos, who is now officially a free agent, while Lionel Messi’s contract at Barcelona has also expired.

Harry Kane does not appear to be any closer to reaching a decision about whether or not he will leave Tottenham either, but Daniel Levy has made his stance even more clear.

Here is your latest Manchester City transfer round-up.

Lionel Messi is no longer a Barcelona player officially after his contract expired

Lionel Messi available for free

Lionel Messi is officially available for nothing after his contract expired at Barcelona.

The Argentine superstar was linked with a move to City last summer but ended staying on another year at the Nou Camp.

Barca president Joan Laporta is confident that Messi will sign a new deal with the club he has spent his whole career with.

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But Laporta admitted that anything is possible, meaning a reunion with Guardiola is not entirely out of the picture.

“We want him to stay and Leo wants to stay, everything is on the right track, what’s left to sort out is the issue of fair play and we are in the process of finding the best solution for both parties,” Laporta told El Transistor .

“I’d like to be able to announce that he is staying but at the moment I cannot do that, because we are in the process of looking for the best solution for both parties.”

City ‘seriously interested’ in £50m swoop

City are said to be “seriously interested” in landing Leicester defender Caglar Soyuncu this summer amid reports of a defensive reshuffle.

Aymeric Laporte is being linked with an exit after falling down the pecking order at the Etihad, with John Stones and Ruben Dias proving to be a largely impenetrable partnership.

Highly-rated Turkish centre-back Soyuncu could soon be added to that mix though, with reports in Turkey linking the 25-year-old with a move away from the Foxes.

Caglar Soyuncu has impressed during his time at Leicester

Posta claim that Real Madrid, Barcelona and City are all eyeing a move for Soyuncu, with the player most keen on joining the Sky Blues due to his close friendship with Ilkay Gundogan.

Levy ‘lays out £150m Harry Kane plans’

Daniel Levy has moved to reassure the club’s new boss Nuno Espirito Santo on the future of club captain Harry Kane.

City are reported to have made a bid in the region of £100million for the 27-year-old, who has been on the books of the North London club for the entirety of his professional career.

But a report in the Mail now outlines that new Spurs boss Nuno has been given assurances by club chairman Levy that he will not accept any bids for the striker below the valuation of £150million.

Kane still has three years remaining on his current deal at the club and he is thought to have interest not only from City, but from Manchester United and Chelsea.

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