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Man City News 16/08: City could trigger £51M release clause to sign Liverpool target

These are Man City latest news update in August 16th.

According to the latest Spanish reports, Liverpool may miss out on their £50 million target due to Barcelona’s acquisition of Bernardo Silva.

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Sporting CP’s Matheus Nunes has been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool, but they aren’t the only club interested.

With Silva’s potential departure gaining momentum, City may look for a midfield replacement.

Should Silva leave, that replacement could be Liverpool target Nunes.

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According to FanNation, Barcelona is still interested in Bernardo Silva and will try to offload a player to fund a move for the midfielder.

Barcelona are willing to sell Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in order to fund a move for Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva, according to Roger Torello.

The Barcelona striker is worth around €25 million, and the club is eager to offload him, with Chelsea reportedly leading the pack.

Silva is keeping his options open while remaining respectful of his current club: “I’ve been open with Man City, and they know what I want.”

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“If I stay, I will be very happy, and I will always respect this club and give my all.”

“If not, it’s football and we’ll just see what happens.”

City will no doubt move for a midfielder if Silva goes, given just how important the Portuguese midfielder has been for them over the years; he even totalled 50 appearances last season.

The Citizens have been linked with long-term Liverpool target Matheus Nunes – a player who Pep Guardiola called ‘one of the best players in world football‘.

Liverpool are reportedly close to making an offer, with the Portuguese club holding out for someone to pay his release clause of £51M.

Allowing City to sign the midfielder could all but guarantee the title whilst also leaving Liverpool shortchanged with an ageing and injury-prone midfield with no other viable options on the market as of right now.

Matt Targett hoping for green light to return to action against Manchester City

Matt Targett will be carefully assessed through the week ahead of Newcastle United’s clash with Manchester City on Sunday.

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The former Aston Villa star missed the 0-0 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion and was in contention right up until the day of the game, even travelling to the South Coast with the team and being part of the match day squad. But Targett was left on the sidelines as a precaution at the Amex Stadium.

Targett had suffered a dead leg in the 2-0 victory over Nottingham Forest and underwent a scan but Howe opted to play Dan Burn at left-back.

Howe said: “He got a dead leg to his hamstring, we actually thought it was a knock.”He had a scan and it showed very subtle damage to the muscle.

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“So we are treating it as a very small muscle strain. We hope he will back soon.”

Newcastle’s medical team are aware of Targett’s history with hamstring trouble with the defender missing 38 matches in 2016/17 while at Southampton. But the decision not to take a chance at Brighton is typical of the meticulous work of Howe and his sports science team at Newcastle these days.

Howe should also be in a position welcome back Scotland winger Ryan Fraser who was missing for the stalemate against Brighton due to a back spasm. Longer term injuries for Federico Fernandez and Jamal Lewis will also be looked at this week.

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