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LIVE Transfer Talk: Manchester City join chase for Bournemouth's Nathan Ake

Sun, 21 Oct 2018 03:59:00 PDT

Man City made light work of Burnley at the Etihad easing to a 5-0 rout to stay top of the Premier League. Dan Thomas and Steve Nicol recap Saturday's Premier League action, including Jose Mourinho's touchline scuffle and Man City's 5-0 thrashing of Burnley. The guys respond to your tweets about the Bundesliga's relevance, Chelsea's title bid, Jose Mourinho's job, UCL fixtures and Liverpool's injuries. The transfer window for all of Europe's big five leagues is closed, but that doesn't stop Transfer Talk from rummaging around about who will be moving where come January. TOP STORY: Ake OK for Guardiola and City Transfers Revealed: How FIFA wants to fix transfers ESPN's Gabriele Marcotti obtained a FIFA report revealing the biggest overhaul to the transfer system in decades. Are they finally serious about cleaning up football? How a transfer works With help from former Tottenham and Liverpool director of football, Damien Comolli, we show you how a transfer works through Iain Macintosh's tale of fictional rising star Dave Thumper. FC Exclusives - Everton check on Liverpool's Origi - Loftus-Cheek won't be sold - Ramsey open to top six move - PSG want Wenger on transfers - Real Madrid monitoring Sterling Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake is receiving plaudits aplenty for his displays and, according to a Mirror report, Manchester City are the latest club chasing his signature. Tottenham have also been linked with Ake in recent weeks, while it has been reported that Chelsea could have first...

LIVE Transfer Talk: Ajax midfielder Frenkie De Jong a target for Man City, Barcelona

Sat, 20 Oct 2018 03:59:00 PDT

Manchester City's Pep Guardiola believes Kevin De Bruyne is fit enough to feature in their match day squad against Burnley. The transfer window for all of Europe's big five leagues is closed, but that doesn't stop Transfer Talk from rummaging around about who will be moving where come January. TOP STORY: Man City look to beat Barca to De Jong Ajax midfielder Frenkie De Jong is one of Europe's most wanted, and Premier League champions Manchester City are one of the clubs determined to sign him next summer according to the Daily Mail.  Transfers Revealed: How FIFA wants to fix transfers ESPN's Gabriele Marcotti obtained a FIFA report revealing the biggest overhaul to the transfer system in decades. Are they finally serious about cleaning up football? How a transfer works With help from former Tottenham and Liverpool director of football, Damien Comolli, we show you how a transfer works through Iain Macintosh's tale of fictional rising star Dave Thumper. FC Exclusives - Everton check on Liverpool's Origi - Loftus-Cheek won't be sold - Ramsey open to top six move - PSG want Wenger on transfers - Real Madrid monitoring Sterling The Netherlands international fits the Pep Guardiola mould, so much so that...

David Silva, Sergio Aguero take centre stage as Man City run riot vs. Burnley

Sat, 20 Oct 2018 09:31:00 PDT

Man City made light work of Burnley at the Etihad easing to a 5-0 rout to stay top of the Premier League. Manchester City continued their impressive start to the season with an emphatic 5-0 victory over Burnley to maintain their lead at the top of the Premier League. Sergio Aguero settled the nerves with a first-half strike before goals from Bernardo Silva, Fernandinho, Riyad Mahrez and Leroy Sane as City cut loose in the second-half performance. Positives City were again completely dominant, controlling the possession as they wanted and creating chances with ease. But it may be more pleasing that...

Joe Hart has Man City training pitch named in his honour

Fri, 19 Oct 2018 11:02:00 PDT

As of Friday, the goalkeeper training pitch at the Manchester City Football Academy will be known as the "Joe Hart pitch". And just as the club did for Yaya Toure, City will mark the occasion by also unveiling a special custom mosaic of Hart on a plinth next to the pitch.  We have dedicated a goalkeeper training pitch at the CFA to Club legend Joe Hart in recognition of his 12-year association with the Club =™ #mancity pic.twitter.com/VqxKOpmBfy— Manchester City (@ManCity) October 19, 2018 What is more, chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak will join the 31-year-old and his family after City's game against Hart's Burnley on Saturday to present him with a replica of the mosaic and a lifetime season ticket. Hart represented...

Manchester City expect push from Liverpool, but London clubs will also have their say

Fri, 19 Oct 2018 12:45:00 PDT

Stevie Nicol and Mark Donaldson give their picks for this weekend's Premier League fixtures including the headliner of Chelsea vs. Manchester United. Since joining Manchester City in 2010, David Silva has been instrumental in the club's continued run of success. Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan talks ESPN through his fashion choices and explains why it's so important to him. By 11 p.m. on Monday night it is perfectly feasible that Premier League leaders Manchester City could sit fifth in the table. Fellow title favourites Liverpool might be fourth. All of nine games will have been completed, under a quarter of the league season. For those predicting a two-horse race, it is clearly a little early to pronounce on such a thing, as two points presently cover the first five teams. A sprightly looking Chelsea, revitalised Arsenal and obdurate Tottenham will hope fervently...

Manchester City may buy big but they sell smart as business model becomes a cash cow

Wed, 17 Oct 2018 11:54:00 PDT

In spite of speculation that Real Madrid are interested in the talented winger, Craig Burley doesn't think Raheem Sterling is quite at the level of a Galactico. Manchester City have spent a lot of money. It is both a refrain of Jose Mourinho's and the truth. Yet it is also true that a club with the fifth-highest turnover in world football are beginning to bring in a lot. City have reported profits in each of the last four financial years, with a surplus of £10.4 million in the 2017-18 season. That owes something to a profitable ploy: selling players they were unlikely to pick. It sounds obvious, but few have made as much money from superfluous figures...

Real Madrid and Barcelona would only be interested in Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling from England's squad

Mon, 15 Oct 2018 03:00:00 PDT

In spite of speculation that Real Madrid are interested in the talented winger, Craig Burley doesn't think Raheem Sterling is quite at the level of a Galactico. Real Madrid and Barcelona don't settle for second best when it comes to box office moves in the transfer market, so given that England reached the World Cup semifinals during the summer and the Premier League is the biggest league in the world, surely any Englishman flourishing in his domestic competition would be a contender for a move to the Santiago Bernabeu or Camp Nou, right? But as Gareth Southgate's men prepare to face Spain in Seville on Monday night, the reality is that only Harry Kane...

Manchester City a different test as Riyad Mahrez struggles to be top dog

Wed, 10 Oct 2018 05:15:00 PDT

The FC crew question Pep Guardiola's decision to pick Riyad Mahrez to take a penalty against Liverpool following his less-than-impressive track record. After a scoreless draw between Liverpool and Man City, Craig Burley says we're in for an exciting title race with three teams tied at the top. After a scoreless draw between Liverpool and Man City, Craig Burley says we're in for an exciting title race with three teams tied at the top. In a match that didn't generate much attack from either side, Riyad Mahrez's penalty miss was the difference between a draw and a potential City win. With the game at 0-0 and just a handful of minutes remaining, Riyad Mahrez had a glorious chance to end Manchester City's abysmal record at Anfield, where the champions haven't won for 15 years. Virgil van Dijk had been penalised for bringing down Leroy Sane in the box and City's support, massed at that end of the ground, could barely hide their excitement -- finally an opportunity to bury some of those memories, the decades of embarrassment and pain at this unyielding place. The party would be...

Transfer Talk: Manchester City have a buy-back edge in Jadon Sancho race

Tue, 9 Oct 2018 06:46:00 PDT

Paul Mariner rates the sensibility of the latest transfer links, including potential comings and goings at Chelsea and Manchester United. The transfer window for all of Europe's big five leagues is closed, but that doesn't stop Transfer Talk from rummaging around about who will be moving where come January. City possess Sancho buy-back clause Manchester City might not have lost Jadon Sancho and his outstanding potential for good, as they have a buy-back clause for the Borussia Dortmund winger. Sancho's stunning start to the season, including nine assists, has caught the eye of Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Spurs and Chelsea....

Why Guardiola should feel better than Klopp about Sunday's draw, Kovac in big trouble at Bayern

Mon, 8 Oct 2018 07:24:00 PDT

We were expecting entertainment but got very little. Still, you don't need to spin too much for both Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola to turn the scoreless draw at Anfield into a positive. Klopp can say the result, after a very poor performance in Naples, shows his side have the mental strength to bounce back. And being on 20 points after eight games -- including matches against Chelsea and Spurs away, plus City at home -- is not a bad place to be. Particularly when you consider they're also in...

Liverpool, Man City show they can 'park the bus' to get a good result

Sun, 7 Oct 2018 01:42:00 PDT

In a match that didn't generate much attack from either side, Riyad Mahrez's penalty miss was the difference between a draw and a potential City win. Stewart Robson details exactly how Liverpool were unable to play their normal game against Premier League champions Manchester City. After a scoreless draw between Liverpool and Man City, Craig Burley says we're in for an exciting title race with three teams tied at the top. After a scoreless draw between Liverpool and Man City, Craig Burley says we're in for an exciting title race with three teams tied at the top. LIVERPOOL, England -- When is "parking the bus" actually a disciplined, well-executed plan to nullify an opposing team's biggest strength in the pursuit of a positive result? Currently, when the team is not managed by Jose Mourinho. But in fairness to the beleaguered Manchester United manager, he would have approved of the defensive performances of Liverpool and Manchester City during Sunday's 0-0 draw at Anfield. The previously unstoppable Liverpool registered just two efforts on target, with...

Aymeric Laporte 9/10 as Man City come away with 0-0 draw at Liverpool

Sun, 7 Oct 2018 11:56:00 PDT

After a scoreless draw between Liverpool and Man City, Craig Burley says we're in for an exciting title race with three teams tied at the top. After a scoreless draw between Liverpool and Man City, Craig Burley says we're in for an exciting title race with three teams tied at the top. In a match that didn't generate much attack from either side, Riyad Mahrez's penalty miss was the difference between a draw and a potential City win. There were none of the volcanic eruptions of last season's two Anfield clashes between these sides and in the end, a missed penalty was all that separated City from their third win at Liverpool since 1981. Riyad Mahrez, with a rising shot that was high as soon as it left his boot, will rue the urge that made him claim the ball for that spot-kick but perhaps his shot encapsulated the inaccuracy that had dotted much of the previous 88 minutes. Positives City's character was once again tested in...

Man City blow chance to win at Liverpool as Aguero struggles, Mahrez misses penalty

Sun, 7 Oct 2018 10:50:00 PDT

In a match that didn't generate much attack from either side, Riyad Mahrez's penalty miss was the difference between a draw and a potential City win. LIVERPOOL, England -- Three thoughts on Sunday's top-of-the-table clash at Anfield in which Liverpool and Man City settled for a 0-0 draw. 1. Mahrez spares Liverpool with penalty howler Riyad Mahrez blew the chance to inflict Liverpool's first Premier League defeat of the season by sending an 85th minute penalty high over the crossbar as Manchester City missed the opportunity reclaim top spot in the Premier League. With regular spot-kick taker Sergio Aguero on the bench after being substituted...

Liverpool vs. Man City: Burning questions on the season's first 'title decider'

Fri, 5 Oct 2018 04:48:00 PDT

ESPN FC's Stewart Robson gives his take on why the referee will take centre stage in this weekend's Premier League clash between Liverpool and Man City. It was goals galore last January as Liverpool's three second half goals would be enough to hold off Man City 4-3 at Anfield. ESPN FC's Steve Nicol explains why Napoli were deserving of their late victory, despite Liverpool's best efforts to hold on for a draw. It is the biggest game of the Premier League season so far: Liverpool versus Manchester City, the top two, locked together on 19 points from seven games and both boasting unbeaten records. A win for either team would be a huge psychological blow in the race for the title and mark them out as early favourites to finish on top. So will it be Jurgen Klopp or Pep Guardiola, Mohamed Salah or Sergio Aguero, who make the difference at Anfield on Sunday? And what are the key factors that will decide the...

Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp on different levels: History and trophies show that

Thu, 4 Oct 2018 11:51:00 PDT

You could forgive Pep Guardiola for secretly scoffing at all this talk about a personal contest with Jurgen Klopp ahead of Manchester City's visit to Liverpool on Sunday. A rivalry? Sure, the German has a better head-to-head record in thirteen previous meetings. But in terms of silverware won, Klopp can't pretend to be on the same page. The last of his three major trophies (two Bundesliga championships, one DFB Pokal) dates back to 2012, while the two-time Champions League winner from Santpedor...

Premier League W2W4: Can Liverpool really challenge Man City? Desperation at Old Trafford

Thu, 4 Oct 2018 11:49:00 PDT

ESPN FC's Stewart Robson gives his take on why the referee will take centre stage in this weekend's Premier League clash between Liverpool and Man City. Stewart Robson shares his perspective on Jose Mourinho's situation at Man United, asserting that it's only a matter of time before he gets the sack. Ahead of each round of fixtures in the Premier League, W2W4 looks at the main storylines to keep an eye on. 1. Are Liverpool favourites to beat Manchester City? It was clear from the start of the season that, if we were to see anything like a title race, Liverpool would have to fulfill their potential to keep up with Manchester City. In their opening seven games, they've certainly suggested they could: six straight wins followed by that terrific draw with Chelsea last weekend, plenty of goals and...

David Silva, Leroy Sane shine while Ilkay Gundogan underwhelms in narrow Man City victory

Tue, 2 Oct 2018 12:53:00 PDT

With little or no margin for error after the home defeat to Lyon, City left it late in a scatty match. A first half of out and out attacking was followed by a surprisingly cagey second period, with City finding it hard to create. Thanks to the magisterial skills of David Silva, however, the game was eventually won with three minutes to spare. Positives Fantasy Play ESPN Fantasy Soccer Pick your eight-man team and compete in the Champions League, Premier League, La Liga or Liga MX, then go head-to-head in leagues against your friends or people around the world. Sign up for free! How to play ESPN Fantasy Soccer Your team will be made up of eight players, at four different positions: two forwards, three midfielders, two defenders, and a goalkeeper. Find out more here. - Newcomers to pick and avoid - Champions League names to know - La Liga names to know - Breaking down ESPN's scoring system The side's character was tested by an early goal. Their shape was tested by a Hoffenheim side which looked cavalier, naive and reckless in turns....

David Silva's late winner saves the day for Man City, overshadows cracks in defence

Tue, 2 Oct 2018 12:14:00 PDT

SINSHEIM, Germany -- Three points from Rhein-Neckar-Arena as Man City edged Hoffenheim 2-1 on a late David Silva strike in UEFA Champions League Group F. 1. David Silva, Man City leave it late Manchester City left it very late, but their Champions League is just about back on track after a nervy night in Germany. The Premier League champions were just three minutes from starting the competition without a victory from their opening two games when David Silva latched onto Stefan Posch's slack...

Transfer Talk: Manchester City eye £200m move for PSG star Kylian Mbappe

Sat, 29 Sep 2018 03:23:00 PDT

The transfer window for all of Europe's big five leagues is closed, but that doesn't stop Transfer Talk from rummaging around about who will be moving where come January. Transfers Revealed: How FIFA wants to fix transfers ESPN's Gabriele Marcotti obtained a FIFA report revealing the biggest overhaul to the transfer system in decades. Are they finally serious about cleaning up football? How a transfer works With help from former Tottenham and Liverpool director of football, Damien Comolli, we show you how a transfer works through Iain Macintosh's tale of fictional rising star Dave Thumper. FC Exclusives - Everton check on Liverpool's Origi - Loftus-Cheek won't be sold - Ramsey open to top six move - PSG want Wenger on transfers - Real Madrid monitoring Sterling Manchester City eye £200m move for Kylian Mbappe Not content with a forward line that reads like the Who's Who of football stars already, Manchester City are reportedly keen to add arguably the world's best young player, Kylian Mbappe, to their ranks. The Sun claim that Pep Guardiola wants Mbappe to help City finally...

Raheem Sterling shows why he deserves new Man City contract with 8/10 performance

Sat, 29 Sep 2018 10:14:00 PDT

There were few headlines as Manchester City notched another win under their belt for the beginning of the season to keep themselves in competition with the top of the Premier League. It was a tough afternoon as Brighton defended well, but Pep Guardiola's side kept plugging away and eased themselves to a 2-0 win with very little fuss in the end. Positives Just when the fans' frustrations at Mat Ryan's time wasting and Brighton's determination to leave no gaps threatened to boil over, City were...


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