Arsenal have not given up hope of enticing Pep Guardiola

By Alex Stevens

Manchester City are confident of tying emerging star Tosin Adarabioyo down to a new contract, according to a report.

The Mail claimed earlier this week that City were struggling to agree terms with the England Under-19 international, who has less than 12 months remaining on his contract at The Etihad.

It was said this had opened the door to Tottenham, Everton and Scottish Champions Celtic as they all monitored the defender’s situation.

But a fresh report by the Mail now states that City are confident that Adarabioyo will stay at the club with talks ongoing over a new deal.

City’s attempts at thrashing out new terms have stalled because of the centre-back’s lack of assurances over first-team football even though new manager Pep Guardiola is said to be a big admirer of the 18-year-old.

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The defender, who stands at 6ft 5in, was the only player in Guardiola’s squad to complete 180 minutes in City’s first two pre-season friendlies against German giants Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich.

City’s number 53 has made one appearance for the blue half of Manchester, playing in the 5-1 FA Cup loss to Chelsea last term.

Spurs have just three senior centre-backs on their books in Jan Vertonghen, Kevin Wimmer and Toby Alderweireld following the departure of Federico Fazio to Roma in a loan-to-buy deal.

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