Bristol City headlines as Burnley target relegated, ACL injury and European football
All the latest Bristol City headlines as the Robins close in on two signings ahead of transfer window opening.
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Bristol City's transfer business looks to be picking up with two players set for medicals this week.
The Robins media team and ground staff may need to open the roof twice this week, after it was reported Rob Dickie and Ross McCrorie would both be undergoing medicals ahead of their proposed moves to Ashton Gate. News of Dickie's move broke on Monday, after initial reports of transfer interest on Friday, meanwhile McCrorie has been spoken about since April, and now his move from Aberdeen looks to be nearing completion.
Nigel Pearson has made it no secret that he wants to conduct his transfer business early, and with the window not officially opening until Wednesday, June 14, having two new players in, will be perfect for when pre-season training begins.
Here are the latest Bristol City headlines, including current and former players:
European football for former boss
Six years ago, Lee Johnson said that Bristol City were capable of playing in the Europa League. The Robins are still in the Championship but did go all the way to the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup, and were only beaten by the might of Pep Guardiola and his expensively assembled team of stars, who only beat City by two goals on aggregate.
City may not be in Europe, but Johnson will be after qualifying for the Europa Conference League, or the qualifying rounds to be precise. Hibernian finished fifth, two points behind Edinburgh rivals Hearts, who have pipped them to the Europa League and have been guaranteed group-stage football.
Johnson’s Hibs finished seven points better off than where they did before Johnson arrived, and got into the top six, which allowed them to compete for European football. They’ll enter at the second qualifying round stage, and Johnson could face up against his former player Adam Matthews who now plays for Omonia or Turkish giants Fenerbahce.
Injury heartbreak for Tammy Abraham
It’s been a bad week for former Robins loan striker Abraham. He suffered defeat with Roma to Sevilla in the Europa League final, which denied him from becoming the first player to win the Champions League, Europa League and Europa Conference League.
To make matters worse, Abraham was stretchered off in Roma’s 2-1 win over Spezia. He was forced off with an injury and Sky Sports Italy are reporting it’s the dreaded ACL injury. It is likely to put a stop to any return to England amid transfer links with Aston Villa, Chelsea, Manchester United and Everton.
Owura Edwards survives but Burnley target Massengo relegated
It was differing emotions over the weekend for Owura Edwards and Han-Noah Massengo. Both players were involved in matches which had a significant baring on their clubs future, with both Ross County and Sheffield Wednesday involved in relegation battles.
Edwards, on loan in Scotland, wasn't involved in a relegation play-off but his team was, and and his loan club pulled off a remarkable comeback. The Scottish Premiership team trailed Partick Thistle 3-0 at one point on aggregate, but two goals goals from Yan Dhanda, Simon Murray, and then a 91st-minute goal from George Harmon took it to extra-time.
Josh Sims scored the decisive spot-kick as Ross County retained their place in the division. Edwards played in the entire of the first leg but was not involved in Sunday's win.
In France, out-of-contract midfielder Han-Noah Massengo suffered relegation to Ligue 2 with Auxerre, after losing 3-1 to RC Lens. Massengo’s loan club needed to match Nantes result, but they won 1-0 against Angers, sending them down. Massengo isn’t expected to remain at Auxerre beyond his loan, and there has been talk of interest from Premier League outfit Burnley.
He has been offered a new contract by the Robins, but isn’t expected to stay, and that his contract offer is more of a way to gain some compensation after purchasing him before he was 21-years-old.