‘Not collapsed’: Fabrizio Romano Drops Man City Transfer Update on ‘Excellent’ €40m Target

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Fabrizio Romano has revealed that a potential Manchester City transfer deal for Gabri Veiga has not collapsed.

Last month, it was reported that the Citizens had joined Liverpool and Chelsea in the race to sign the Celta Vigo midfielder, who has an apparent release clause in his contract worth €40m (£35m).

However, no further development has emerged regarding the Manchester club’s interest in the 21-year-old.

Now though, Romano has addressed this particular subject and revealed why the Spaniard hasn’t been a hot topic for City in recent weeks.

Speaking in a recent episode of The Here We Go Podcast, Romano had this to say when asked if a move for Veiga from City has collapsed.

He said: “Not collapsed but City have different priorities, [Josko] Gvardiol, a winger because Man City are hoping to keep [Riyad] Mahrez at the club but Mahrez is going to Al-Ahli so that’s why they’re now focused on winger and a centre-back.”

Veiga is a versatile midfielder who can play anywhere across the midfield line but thrives in a more advanced position. He is a prolific, hard-working midfielder with plenty of tricks up his sleeve and scored 11 goals in 36 La Liga appearances for Celta last season.

The Spanish midfielder, hailed as “excellent” by Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti last season, mostly played a no.10 role for Celta last season but can also impress as a no.8 if necessary. That means he can be a versatile addition to Chelsea and play various roles for Pochettino if necessary.

Veiga is yet to make his debut for the Spanish national team but has made nine appearances for the Spain U-21 side. His heroics for Celta last season are why he is attracting attention from major European clubs and why the Premier League champions are considering a move for him.

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