Transfer Talk: Man City keen on USA’s Robinson but Fulham fee high
The January transfer window may have just closed around Europe, but there’s plenty of gossip swirling around as clubs prepare to make moves in the summer. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, comings, goings and, of course, done deals!
TOP STORY: Man City interested in USMNT star Antonee Robinson
Fulham are asking for £35 million for U.S. men’s national team star Antonee Robinson amid interest from Manchester City, according to the Sun.
Following Joao Cancelo‘s surprising exit, Manchester City enquired about the 25-year-old American on the January transfer window deadline day, the report says. However, City have balked at Fulham’s price tag to sign the left-back, which they deemed too expensive.
Although there is also reported interest from AC Milan and Inter Milan for Robinson, neither are believed to be willing to spend the £35m price tag either, meaning City and manager Pep Guardiola will have time to weigh whether a move is worthwhile.
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The left-back position has proved to be a problematic one for the Premier League champions, with no less than four different players featuring at left-back for City this season. Sergio Gomez, Aymeric Laporte, Nathan Ake and Rico Lewis have all filled in at left-back this season, though the club are on the look-out for a more viable long-term option.
With Bayern Munich having the option to sign Cancelo permanently in the summer for £61.5m, signing Robinson for around half that price could be a shrewd piece of business for Man City.
Robinson has been a mainstay for Fulham since his arrival from Wigan in 2020, and he has attracted attention from across Europe. Robinson reportedly almost signed for AC Milan, prior to joining Fulham, though the move fell through.
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