Since our piece concerning academy talents and who we're likely to see at preseason, further loans have been completed and announced, with others close to being finalised. Other talents have left Manchester City following the expiration of their contracts at the club.
Lewis Fiorini has joined Lincoln City on loan for the season after it was revealed by MCFC Reserves & Academy that the lifelong City fan had signed a new 5-year deal at the club keeping, tying him down until 2025.
The League One side announced the capture of the 19-year-old on Friday, where the midfielder revealed he had spoken to City's Morgan Rogers, who the Imps loaned last season, ahead of the move, and expressed his delight at the deal:
"I’ve spoken with the manager [Michael Appleton], and he’s shown me some of the young talent that he’s worked with over the years. His plans along with Lincoln’s ideas really seem to suit me and I cannot wait to get going. Last year was my first season in professional football and I managed to settle down, break into the team and scored a few good goals too. I’m hoping to carry that on this season with Lincoln.
"I’ve spoken to Morgan throughout the summer and as recently as yesterday. He was extremely complimentary about the club, he loved his time here, and only had good things to say. I’ve watched numerous Lincoln games and kept my eye out for Morgan last season. I remember the play-off semi-final match here against Sunderland and the place was rocking. I’m really looking forward to playing in front of the fans."
Scotland youth international Fiorini will look to help Lincoln to the Championship after the club fell in the semi-finals of the League One playoffs against Sunderland last season.
City Football Group side Lommel SK announced the signing of Kluiverth Aguilar today. The 18-year-old has joined the Belgian second-division side on loan. City signed Aguilar last year from Peruvian club Alianza Lima, and the right-back is regarded as a talent with immense potential.
Ross County announced the signing of Alexander Robertson on a season-long loan today in a somewhat unexpected move, with many expecting the academy midfielder to play a key role within the Elite Development Squad for the forthcoming season. City, however, had better plans for the 18-year-old, with a loan to the Scottish Premier League side now confirmed.
Ross County manager Malky Mackay said:
"We are delighted to have signed Alexander, someone I have been tracking personally for nearly 4 years. He has scored goals for every team he has played with, and the variety of goals he scores, off both feet as well as set plays, has really caught the eye. Alexander also brings energy, hard work and tenacity to our midfield group, as well as a youthful vibrance and an elite mentality.
"There were a number of clubs interested in Alexander as he is a really promising young talent and I am happy that we will be able to play our part in this stage of his development and will be really eager to impress our supporters and we are really excited to be working with him.
"We would like to thank Manchester City for allowing us to be part of Alexanders development, we look forward to showcasing his talents in the Scottish Premiership"
In February of 2020, it was reported by Jack Gaughan of Mail Sport that a then 16-year-old Robertson was personally called for by Pep Guardiola to train with the first team on numerous occasions - highlighting how highly rated the England youth international is regarded.
REPORTED CONFIRMED LOANS (SO FAR)
Diego Rosa - Lommel SK (SEASON-LONG)
Taylor Harwood-Bellis - R.S.C Anderlecht (SEASON-LONG)
Marlos Moreno - K.V. Kortrijk (SEASON-LONG)
James Trafford - Accrington Stanley (SEASON-LONG)
Gavin Bazunu - Portsmouth (SEASON-LONG)
Issa Kabore - ES Troyes AC (SEASON-LONG)
Lewis Fiorini - Lincoln City (SEASON-LONG)
Kluiverth Aguilar - Lommel SK (SEASON-LONG)
Alexander Robertson - Ross County (SEASON-LONG)
Players who are expected to go on loan or complete permanent switches over the next few weeks include Ante Palaversa, Pablo Moreno, Yangel Herrera, Yan Couto, Ivan Ilic, Luka Ilic, Ryotaro Meshino, Lukas Nmecha, Ko Itakura, Philippe Sandler, Daniel Arzani, Patrick Roberts, Aro Muric, and Nahuel Bustos, amongst others. Other academy products like Tommy Doyle could go out on loan to further his experience of first-team football.
Leeds confirmed the permanent signing of Jack Harrison from City on Friday after three successive loan spells at Elland Road. The 24-year-old signed a deal until 2024 after a purchase option for an undisclosed fee was activated this summer, reported to be between £10million and £15million.
Yesterday, Felix Nmecha announced his departure from City with a classy goodbye message following the expiration of his contract at the club. It was reported by MCFC Reserves & Academy that the midfielder was offered a new deal by the club but rejected the offer along with Adrian Bernabe, who was in the same position.
TyC Sports report that new Manchester City signing Dario Sarmiento donated to Estudiantes' academy structure before leaving the club. TyC add that the 18-year-old forward, who they claim was bought for more than $11million, will head out on loan - most likely to Girona in the Spanish second division.
Metinho, who was signed by City Football Group from Fluminense, will be heading to Troyes this week, according to various sources. The 18-year-old midfielder has either been bought by Troyes themselves or by City and loaned out to Troyes - we're not totally sure as there are conflicting reports. An update will be provided in the ELSEWHERE section of a future news article.
Manchester City's set-piece specialist coach Nicolas Jover has joined Arsenal following the expiration of his City contract in June. City have promoted former Under-18s lead coach Carlos Vicens to the first team, who is set to work primarily on set-pieces, according to reports.
In the most heart-warming news of the day, Zorya Londonsk report that Oleksandr Zinchenko has financed the arrival of a German plastic surgeon who will treat affected children in need of reconstructive surgeries for one week.
Manchester City's fixture away at Chelsea has been rescheduled for the 25th of September at 12:30 pm (BST), with BT Sport televising the game in the United Kingdom.
Speaking to TV3 in Catalonia - relayed by News18, Pep Guardiola has revealed that Ferran Torres and Rodri could have gone to the Tokyo Olympic Games but aren't going as the stresses of one major international tournament, Euro 2020, are enough, with the clubs having to protect their assets.
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