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Man City transfer round up: Sven Botman interest as Blues ‘open talks’ to sign left-back

Manchester City are still looking to complete their first major signing of this summer’s transfer window as they aim to retain their Premier League title this season

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Manchester City aren’t expected to wait much longer to complete their first major signing of the summer transfer window.

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The Blues are pushing to sign targets as they aim to reinforce their squad in a bid to retain the Premier League title and win their first Champions League trophy.

So far, Scott Carson is the only permanent first-team signing at the Etihad Stadium.

But the club continue to be linked with a sensational double swoop for Tottenham striker Harry Kane and Jack Grealish.

Pep Guardiola’s side could become unstoppable if they land the England duo in the final weeks of the transfer window.

Here, Mirror Football brings you the latest transfer updates surrounding the club…

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Man City are reportedly tracking Lille defender Sven Botman

Sven Botman interest

City are among several clubs tracking Lille defender Sven Botman, L’Equipe’s print edition claims.

Botman, 21, starred for Lille last season as the club beat Paris Saint-Germain to secure an unlikely Ligue 1 title.

He was an ever-present in the Lille side, making 47 appearances in all competitions.

But he could be on the move yet again this summer, just a year after signing a five-year deal from Ajax.

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Lille will reportedly demand €50m (£42.7m) for the centre back’s services, with West Ham and Newcastle also said to be interested.

However, central defence doesn’t appear to be a priority position for City to strengthen right now, largely due to the form of Ruben Dias and John Stones.

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City ‘open talks’ with Grimaldo

Alex Grimaldo is reportedly a Manchester City target

City continue to be linked to new left-backs and some still consider the area a weak part of Guardiola’s side.

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Joao Cancelo and Oleksandr Zinchenko successfully shared the role last season.

But according to Portuguese journalist Pedro Almeira, talks are now ‘open’ between the Citizens and Benfica over a move for Alex Grimaldo.

Almeida claims the Liga NOS side want €30m for the left-back, who has won three league titles during his time at the club.

Jack Grealish set for showdown talks

Man City have made a £100m offer for Jack Grealish


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Jack Grealish is due back at Aston Villa’s training ground for showdown talks over his future.

City have submitted a British record £100m offer for the exciting playmaker.

The Daily Star report that the Citizens are growing increasingly confident of signing Grealish.

But it is added that the Blues are also banking on Grealish telling his boyhood club that he wants to move to the Etihad.

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