Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Manchester City Seeking To Hijack Deal For This Serie A Defensive Beast: Can They Pull This Off?

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Abhishek Majumdar
Editor in Chief of The 4th Official. A man in his thirties who worries about the nuances of the financial aspects of football and how it will impact the game in the long term.

Antonio Rudiger has been subject to a highly anticipated move to Stamford Bridge as the defender has been eyed by Chelsea boss Antonio Conte to come into his squad to fill the void left by John Terry, as the legendary defender joined Championship side Aston Villa yesterday. The German star has been in good form in the recently concluded Confederations Cup and helped his national team to clinch the trophy on Sunday.

However, it seems that the transfer, which is worth £33 million and was meant to be rather swift, has been hit by an unexpected road block, as Chelsea’s arch rivals Manchester City are one their way to make a shock move for the German centre back in an effort to bring in the player from his current club AS Roma with a bid that has been speculated to be higher than what the Blues are offering.

Reportedly, the sudden offer from the former Premier League champions have made the situation quite interesting regarding the future of the in demand centre back from the Italian outfit, who has also kept his medical that was scheduled to have happened in the very starting of the present week, on hold, as he discusses the terms of the mega-money move from his current club to the Etihad Stadium.

Pep Guardiola has been desperate to revamp his side for the next season, as he looks to bring in a number of players who have been in good form throughout the last season, so as to make a mark in the Premier League as well as European competitions in the next term.

The Citizens were unable to win any silverware in the last season, which was the debut term for the Spaniard as the manager of the English outfit after making a move from German champions Bayern Munich in the last summer transfer window.

As a sign of his intent to build a strong team this summer, Guardiola, who is considered to be one of the best coaches in the world, has been busy in the transfer market and has already made good business by bringing in two of the most highly rated players from other European outfits.

He splashed the cash very early in the summer to initiate a move for the Portuguese midfielder Bernardo Silva, who has been in superb form for the French Ligue 1 champions AS Monaco, along with the exuberant goalkeeper Ederson from Portuguese Primeira Liga side Benfica, the Brazilian being in immaculate form under the crossbars for the champions in the last term.

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