There has been lots of speculation as to why the Carlos Borges deal has yet to be finalised with Manchester City, but the answer is very simple.
West Ham Voice YouTube channel presenter may have the answer, Borges was in the Portuguese youth team who were beaten by Italy 1-0 in the UEFA Men’s U19 European championship final which was played on 16 July. The 19 -year-old played the full 90 minutes of the game.
Like all professional football players, they are allowed a three week break before reporting for duty back at their domestic teams, which means that Borges won’t be due back from holiday at Man City until around 6th August.
Ben Johnson and Michail Antonio have not reported back to West Ham for similar reasons.
Johnson was part of the England U21 squad which reached the Euro final beating Spain 1-0 on 8 July so should be due to return.
Antonio played in a Concacaf Gold Cup game which ended in a 3-0 defeat against Mexico on 13 July