One of this morning's hottest whispers suggests that a Juventus player could be on his way to Ashton Gate. Let’s have an in-depth look at the deal.
Young defender Hordur Magnusson is the player in question, with a proposed deal to Bristol City in the offing. Could it really be happening, and how did they manage to keep it under the radar until now?
Magnusson joined Juventus back in 2011, but it seems like he doesn’t have much of a future at the club, as the player has yet to make an appearance in the league for the Old Lady.
He’s a 6’3 ball-playing centre back, with the attributes needed to succeed as a defender in English football. If you want to see the Icelandic player in action, here’s a video showing off his progression during the last few seasons:
He’s been sent out on loan since 2013, and he was able to get much needed experience during stints at Spezia and Cesena respectively. (Including Serie A experience during his time at Cesena.)
There’s no official confirmation yet about the move, but a decent source confirmed that a deal could be complete soon. The news was shared by Johann Sigurdsson, who reported on Iceland during Euro 2016 for UEFA. Here’s the tweet:
— Johann Sigurdsson (@UEFAcomJohannS) 10 July 2016
It’s a decent source, and by the sounds of things a deal is already complete. It was enough for other accounts to jump on the info quickly, and the reporter has proved to be right about Icelandic transfers in the past.
The Icelandic article says that the player is about to sign a three-year deal with the club, ending any speculation about his future. Bristol City are said to be willing to pay €3m, which would be one of their most expensive signings in history.
(However, it’s worth noting that there doesn’t actually seem to be confirmation from the player himself. We’ll have to wait and see.)
The Iceland international was part of the squad that took a few notable scalps at Euro 2016, although he didn’t get to play in the finals themselves. He last played in a game against Liechtenstein, and he’s only managed to collect 5 caps since his senior debut in 2014.
Queens Park Rangers have also been linked with a move for the player, with reports from Italy suggesting they wanted a deal complete before the European Championships.
It seems like it’s too late for Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s side to get their man, but The Robins are the ones who are desperately in need of defensive reinforcements.
Bristol City struggled in the Championship in the 2015/16 season, finishing 18th overall. They shipped too many goals, conceding 71 with only 54 in reply. Lee Tomlin looks to be a great signing, (following his loan spell last year) but the playmaker will be expected to spend the majority of his time at the other end of the pitch.
They need to shore up defensively, even more so when you consider that current defender Aden Flint looks like he could be leaving the club in the window.
Newcastle are rumoured to be one of the teams interested in Flint, while City’s majority shareholder Steve Lansdown admitted in April:
“If a Premier League side came in for Aden Flint it'd be hard to stand in his way.”
Fans will be hopeful that the two can form a solid spine at the centre of defence, but it’s possible that the Iceland international could be signing as his replacement. Either way, it’s never a good idea to stand still in the cutthroat Championship. They flirted near the relegation spots last year, and it’s a battle that fans would prefer to avoid.
The move could be a great opportunity for both the player and the club, as long as they can keep hold of him in future.
If reports from Iceland are to be believed a deal is already complete. We’ll have to wait for confirmation from one of the teams involved in the sale, but it does seem likely that Magnusson will finally get a chance to prove himself.
The player just started following the official Bristol City twitter account, which is more evidence that a deal between the two parties is extremely close, if not complete already.
It’s a deal that seemingly came out of nowhere, and a 4.4 index score (out of 5) shows that rumours are beginning to hot up.
The Football Whispers index keeps you up to date with all of the latest transfer news. It could be a good move for Magnusson, and the player has the attributes needed to excel in a physical league. Would you be happy with the signing? Let us know in the comments below!