Raheem Sterling’s ‘least favourite’ transfer option emerges as Man City goalkeeper ‘signs new contract’

The latest transfer reports see Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva linked with moves while James Trafford appears to have penned an extension.

Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva continue to dominate Manchester City’s transfer rumours.

The pair are both being linked with moves away from the Etihad, with the latter supposedly a target for Barcelona, while Sterling could be edging closer to a move to Premier League rivals Chelsea.

Meanwhile, one of City’s young goalkeepers appears to have penned a new deal with the club.

Here are the latest transfer rumours surrounding Pep Guardiola’s side.

Sterling is expected to make a decision soon on his future. Credit: Getty.

Sterling not planning to run down contract

Sterling does not plan to run down his contract at City and leave for free next summer, as per the Manchester Evening News, who report it’s the decision he ‘favours least’.

They add that City should expect to hear from Sterling regarding his future plans before their pre-season tour to America, with the first match taking place on 20 July.

The winger wants to play an integral role for his club, something Guardiola ‘cannot offer’, but both the player and City are hopeful of making a quick decision on the matter.

City keeper to sign contract extension

The Manchester Evening News also report young goalkeeper James Trafford is set to sign a contract extension with the club.

James Trafford is set to return to Bolton on loan. Credit: Getty.

Trafford joined Bolton Wanderers on loan last week but has supposedly not yet joined up with the club on their pre-season trip to Portugal due to his international commitments after the 2021/22 campaign.

Speaking to the newspaper, Bolton manager Ian Evatt was asked about potentially signing Trafford for free next summer when his contract expires, and responded: “I don’t think he is [out of contract next summer]. I think he’s signed a new contract, which is exceptional for him. We’ll be waiting a while for him I think.

“But that’s credit to him that he’s got that contract and also credit for us because we put him in a position where he was able to get that contract. I’m happy for him, happy for us, looking forward to working with him again this season.”

City’s asking price for Silva

Rumours that Barcelona’s interest in Bernardo Silva is cooling continue, with several reports claiming the Catalan club cannot afford City’s asking price.

Spanish journalist Toni Juanmarti recently tweeted to say the Premier League champions will demand £86m for the midfielder, although no offer has been tabled.

“To date, neither Bernardo Silva’s entourage nor Barca have made a move in the face of a hypothetical negotiation with Manchester City,” he wrote.

“The starting price of the Portuguese would be 100 million euros [£86m].”