In the summer transfer season, Manchester City reportedly turned down three loan proposals for Oscar Bobb, including one from Italian heavyweights Lazio.
That’s according to respected writer Fabrizio Romano, who also shared some statements from the athlete on X, formerly Twitter.
Pep Guardiola elevated Bobb to the City first team at the start of the current season after the teenager impressed in the club’s EDS.
He took part in City’s pre-season tour of Asia and has been named to all bar two of City’s matchday squads this season, appearing in seven games across all competitions.
Bobb may have played for a different team this season, but City seemed determined he was not leaving…
According to Fabrizio Romano, Bobb was coveted during the summer window. He went on to say: “Man City rejected 3 loan bids in August for Oscar Bobb, including one from Lazio.”
Despite not having made his first-team debut for City, the Norway international was in high demand, with clubs wanting to land a loan deal for the promising winger.
According to Romano, Bobb had three offers, one of which came from Italian giants Lazio, who are competing in this season’s Champions League.
But City turned down all three offers, presumably because they believed the teenager was ready to play first-team football after his achievements in the EDS.
So far, Bobb – recently described as ‘excellent’ on the ball by Martin Odegaard – has had a few of opportunities to show what he can do and has looked very decent in his cameo outings.
His highlight was most likely when City faced Newcastle United in the Carabao Cup. Guardiola’s team lost that game, but Bobb came out of it with a lot of acclaim for being perhaps City’s greatest player on the night, with the manager dubbing him’more than amazing’.
Bobb is clearly trusted by the city.
This is an intriguing allegation regarding one of the Etihad Stadium’s greatest possibilities right now.
Despite having yet to play for the City first team, Bobb sparked a lot of interest in him, demonstrating that clubs are paying careful attention to the club’s EDS.
It could have been relatively simple to authorise a loan move for Bobb, but there appears to be a feeling that he can make a significant impact in the first-team under Pep. We’ve already seen him given numerous chances to shine.
One wonders if he will follow in the footsteps of Phil Foden and Rico Lewis, two other academy products who were never sent out.
Bobb has stated that if it were up to him, he would not move out on loan because he enjoys his time at City, and it would be incredible to watch him develop at the Etihad without first going abroad.