Pep Guardiola willing to let Raheem Sterling go under one condition as Man City want Ajax full-back
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Frustrated figure Raheem Sterling will be granted permission to leave but only if Pep Guardiola gets what he wants beforehand – and that won’t be easy.
Ajax right-back Noussair Mazraoui’s contract situation has alerted Premier League clubs and City could be keen on securing some budget competition for Kyle Walker
And finally, City’s kit colours for next season have been leaked, but has the rumoured third kit undone all of Puma’s good work?
Guardiola will give under one condition
Since the arrival of £100million man Jack Grealish, Sterling’s minutes have been cut extensively, with the player himself admitting he would be open to a move if it were to guarantee him more playing time.
With the World Cup being just over a year away, Raheem is probably keen to ensure his club football is going well, even if he remains one of Gareth Southgate’s untouchables for now.
Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo has again claimed Barcelona and new head coach Xavi would love a player like Sterling to fit their 4-3-3 formation.
However, the report also suggests that Guardiola will only sell Sterling if he can get a replacement before the player leaves as the City boss wants to keep “standards high”.
City track Ajax right-back
Manchester City have spent millions on full-backs over the years but Ajax right-back Mazraoui has emerged as a possible budget addition.
Eurosport believes Mazraoui’s contract status with the Eredivisie champions has put Premier League clubs on alert. His current deal expires in the summer and negotiations over an extension do not appear to be progressing.
Leeds and Arsenal are said to be interested in the 24-year old also, but he could represent an attractive option for City as cover for Kyle Walker – especially now Joao Cancelo is thriving at left-back.
Mazraoui is a solid, reliable right-back and, considering he may be available for nothing in the summer, he has the potential to be one of the signings of the year if he leaves Ajax.
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It was all going so well…
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City’s kits are always up for discussion. Just this season alone we have arguably one of the nicest away kits, then probably the worst kit in City’s history in the third strip.
The colour themes of next season’s kits have now been leaked, as per Footy Headlines.
The traditional sky blue home kit will have maroon trim – always welcome for City traditionalists, as will be the sight of the red and black striped away kit returning.
These rumours emerged last week, but the mooted third kit does not quite hit the mark in the same way. A colour combination of “fizzy yellow” and “Parisian night” sounds like a return to the bad old fluorescent days of the middle of the previous decade.
Would you welcome a red and black City strip? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below