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Monday's Manchester City transfer talk news roundup: Lionel Messi, Jack Grealish, Sergio Ramos

Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest transfer talk for Manchester City on Monday, November 16.

The summer transfer window has now closed, with Manchester City having again focused on bolstering their defence first and foremost.

Nathan Ake and Ruben Dias arrived for a combined sum of more than £100m, while Ferran Torres was another notable signing. Attention will now switch to the January window as Pep Guardiola's side attempt to win back the Premier League title.

Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest news on possible comings and goings at the Etihad.

Monday morning's Manchester City transfer talk news roundup:

Jack Grealish 'becomes Manchester City's number one target'

Jack Grealish warms up for Aston Villa on October 18, 2020© Reuters

Manchester City have reportedly identified Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish as their leading transfer target.

The 25-year-old was strongly linked with a move away from Villa Park over the summer, but he ultimately penned a new five-year contract with Dean Smith's side in September.

Grealish has been in brilliant form for his club during the 2020-21 campaign, contributing four goals and six assists in seven Premier League appearances.

According to the Daily Star, Pep Guardiola's side have been impressed by the attacker's development, and the England international has now become 'the main focus of City's attentions'.

Grealish, who is thought to be valued by Villa in excess of £70m, was believed to be a target for Manchester United over the summer after an impressive finish to the 2019-20 season.

The playmaker provided an assist in England's 3-0 win over the Republic of Ireland on Thursday night.

Manchester City 'want to bring Sergio Ramos to Etihad Stadium'

Sergio Ramos celebrates scoring for Real Madrid on November 3, 2020© Reuters

Manchester City are reportedly keen to sign Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos on a free transfer.

The 34-year-old's existing deal at the Bernabeu is due to expire next summer, and as it stands, he would be free to agree a pre-contract with a foreign club at the start of 2021.

Madrid will allegedly make a statement on the central defender's future on Monday, and it has been suggested that an extension for the Spain international will be announced.

However, the speculation surrounding Ramos's future has not stopped, with both Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain said to be keeping a close eye on developments.

According to Argentinean journalist Gustavo Yarroch, City have also identified the former Sevilla youngster as a potential signing and want to bring him to the Premier League on a free transfer.

Ramos, who missed two penalties in Spain's 1-1 draw with Switzerland in the UEFA Nations League on Saturday night, recently scored his 100th goal for Los Blancos.

More transfer news from Manchester City:

Barcelona 'considering Antonio Rudiger as Eric Garcia alternative'
Chelsea centre-back Antonio Rudiger emerges as a January transfer target for Barcelona, according to a report. Read more.

Manchester City 'putting together plan to sign Lionel Messi'
Manchester City are drafting a plan to sign Barcelona attacker Lionel Messi next summer, according to a report. Read more.

Barcelona, Manchester City 'locked in talks over Eric Garcia'
Barcelona are locked in discussions with Manchester City over teenage centre-back Eric Garcia, according to a report. Read more.

Barcelona 'will owe Lionel Messi £30m even if he leaves for free'
Barcelona will reportedly have to pay Lionel Messi a £30m loyalty bonus next summer even if he decides to leave the club. Read more.

Barcelona 'eye Paris Saint-Germain's Neymar as Lionel Messi replacement'
Barcelona identify Neymar as the perfect replacement for Lionel Messi should the Argentine depart at the end of the season, according to a report. Read more.

Lautaro Martinez, Erling Braut Haaland 'top Manchester City wish list'
Manchester City's two priority transfer targets for next summer are Inter Milan's Lautaro Martinez and Borussia Dortmund's Erling Braut Haaland, according to a report. Read more.

Kevin De Bruyne confirms talks over new Manchester City deal
Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne reveals that he is in talks with the Citizens over extending his contract at the Etihad, which is due to run out in 2023. Read more.


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