Monday's Manchester City transfer talk news roundup: David Alaba, Fernandinho, Lionel Messi

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Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest transfer talk for Manchester City on Monday, December 7.

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:

Chelsea 'want to sign David Alaba in January'

Chelsea are reportedly determined to bring Bayern Munich defender David Alaba to the club during the January transfer window.

The 28-year-old has still not penned a new contract at the Allianz Arena, and as it stands, he will be available on a free transfer at the end of the 2020-21 campaign.

Alaba, if his situation remains unchanged, could enter into contract talks with foreign clubs at the start of 2021, and a number of teams are said to be interested in his services.

However, according to Bild, Chelsea want to sign him in January and hope that Bayern will be tempted to negotiate a mid-season deal with the Blues rather than risk losing him on a free transfer next summer.

Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Barcelona have also all been credited with an interest in the Austria international.

The versatile defender has made 15 appearances for Bayern during the 2020-21 campaign, while he has represented the Champions League holders over 400 times in all competitions.

Pep Guardiola confirms plans for Fernandinho talks

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has hinted that Fernandinho could sign a new deal at the club.

The 35-year-old is in his eighth season with the Citizens and remains an important player at the Etihad Stadium, having already featured on nine occasions during the 2020-21 campaign.

A recent report claimed that Fernandinho was expecting to leave the club when his current deal expires next June, but Guardiola has suggested that an extension is a possibility.

"It is not necessary to say how important he is for all of us and me personally. The last game against Porto showed his incredible personality. We need Fernandinho a lot this season because we have just two holding midfielders and he knows the position perfectly," Guardiola told reporters.

"Last season he helped us a lot in a position where we didn't have much players with injuries so he is coming back to his position because we now have five central defenders.

"Whatever happens in the middle of the season or three-quarters of the way through or at the end of the season, him and the club are going to talk about it [a contract]."

Fernandinho, who has won three Premier League titles during his time at the Etihad Stadium, is believed to be wanted by City's sister club New York City FC, in addition to a number of Brazilian sides.

More transfer news from Manchester City:

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