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Who had the better season: Liverpool or Man City? Spurs or Man United?

May 25, 2017 06:55 AM PDT

The FC crew rate the success of Manchester United's season and debate which Prem team will have the most UCL success next season. Janusz Michallik and Alexis Nunes take a long look at how the Premier League top 6 shaped out this season. Steve Nicol breaks down the latest rumours, including Man City's links with Kyle Walker and Alexis Sanchez. They've all qualified for the Champions League but in contrasting ways. Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester City or Manchester United: Who had the better season? Each side's fans will have a case for why their team enjoyed the best 2016-17 behind Chelsea. Tottenham finished second, while Manchester United finished sixth and won two trophies. Elsewhere, Liverpool and Manchester City finished in the top four.  We have pitted Tottenham and Manchester United together to settle the age old debate about...

Everton want £50m for Ross Barkley; Man United, City vie for Ederson

May 24, 2017 04:30 PM PDT

Brian McBride talks Ross Barkley's future as the Everton midfielder finishes up a forgetful season with Everton. The football world's gossip mill is in full swing, and Transfer Talk is monitoring the whispers ahead of all the summer moves. Check out the latest deals and potential deals here. Everton want £50m for Barkley Everton have given up hope of keeping Ross Barkley with the Mirror reporting that contract talks have failed to progress. The England midfielder has one year remaining on his contract and Ronald Koeman has given the player an ultimatum: sign a new contract or go. Everton's £50...

Manchester City got more than their money's worth from Gael Clichy

May 24, 2017 08:54 AM PDT

Pablo Zabaleta opens up about his nine-year career at Manchester City. Manchester City rarely get credit for being frugal. It's partly because they've regularly spent hundreds of millions of pounds on their summer transfers and haven't been scouting around to pick up a player on the cheap. However, it can't be ignored that City generally don't do that well when taking a low-risk punt on a signing who may turn out to be a great addition but who won't ruin the club financially if it doesn't work out. Scott Sinclair, an £8m acquisition from Swansea in 2012,...

Man City ready to splash £100m on Alexis Sanchez and Kyle Walker

May 23, 2017 04:30 PM PDT

Steve Nicol breaks down the latest rumours, including Man City's links with Kyle Walker and Alexis Sanchez. Following an up-and-down season under Pep Guardiola, the FC panel share their thoughts on Sergio Aguero's Man City future. Janusz Michallik looks at Arsenal's forgettable season, and their need for determined players to aim higher next season. The football world's gossip mill is in full swing, and Transfer Talk is monitoring the whispers ahead of all the summer moves. Check out the latest deals and potential deals here. Man City confident of landing Sanchez, Walker Manchester City are moving aggressively to avoid another season like the one that has just passed, with the Mirror claiming the club's owners probably will hand Pep Guardiola Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez and Tottenham full-back Kyle Walker. The report details how City...

Manchester City's Leroy Sane reveals huge tattoo of himself across his back

May 22, 2017 04:23 AM PDT

While you don't have to go far to find a footballer with dodgy body art, Manchester City winger Leroy Sane may well have just taken first prize in the daft tattoo stakes. In removing his shirt after Sunday's drubbing of Watford, the Germany international revealed that he has an enormous tattoo of himself etched across his back. after some thorough investigationing - Leroy Sane's tattoo is of him scoring against Monaco pic.twitter.com/oQNHTU6bHm - Matt Coleman �� (@_MattColeman) May...

Pep Guardiola's first season at Man City full of unfulfilled expectations

May 22, 2017 02:00 AM PDT

The FC crew discuss whether Pep Guardiola has been exposed at Manchester City this season. The FC crew discuss whether Pep Guardiola has been exposed at Manchester City this season. It's hard to deny that it's been a disappointing season for Manchester City. A top-four finish was the bare minimum expected of Pep Guardiola in his debut campaign. While City had their moments, they were too few and far between. However, things are set up for improvements next season. Rating out of 10: 6 Highlight At the beginning of November, City were on the ropes in their Champions League group. A 4-0 loss to Barcelona in the Camp Nou was humbling and left fans nervous about the return fixture...

Two goals by Sergio Aguero set pace for Manchester City dominance

May 21, 2017 11:10 AM PDT

Manchester City ended Walter Mazzari's reign as Watford manager with a 5-0 hammering at Vicarage Road. Manchester City ended Walter Mazzari's reign as Watford manager with a 5-0 hammering at Vicarage Road. Pep praises Man City's third place finish, but says the squad must perform better next season to challenge for the title. Pep Guardiola revels in Man City's UCL qualification, as well as their commitment to catching Chelsea and Spurs next season. Manchester City, the Premier League's most consistently high finishers in the last seven seasons, added to their sustained run with Arsenal's failure to finish in the top four. City, with seven consecutive seasons in the Champions League, now have the longest consecutive run of any of the Premier League's participants. This small detail clouds the fact that City have now finished a safe distance from the title for three consecutive seasons, a far more pertinent fact that will need to be swiftly...

Transfer Talk: United and City will battle for Neymar

May 20, 2017 08:25 PM PDT

Manchester's clubs will duel for Barcelona superstar Neymar, the Express reports. Manchester United and Manchester City will battle to sign Neymar from Barcelona, claims the Express. The Brazilian superstar has been urged to leave the Camp Nou by his father and the Premier League is seen as his ideal destination. For more on the pursuit of Neymar, as well as other rumours, check out Transfer Talk by clicking here.

Transfer Talk: Manchester clubs vie for Ederson

May 19, 2017 07:00 PM PDT

Benfica goalkeeper Ederson is a hot commodity in Manchester. The Mirror claims that both United and City want 23-year-old Benfica goalkeeper Ederson, who is represented by Jorge Mendes, and they will go head-to-head for his services. For more on the pursuit of Ederson, as well as other rumours, check out Transfer Talk by clicking here.

Yaya Toure back from the brink and deserves new Man City deal

May 18, 2017 05:00 AM PDT

The ESPN FC crew discuss rumours that Yaya Toure will sign a contract extension at Manchester City. When Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola told reporters at a news conference that Yaya Toure wouldn't play for him again until he apologised for previous comments, it seemed like the midfielder had kicked his last ball for the club in their 1-0 Champions League playoff second leg win over Steaua Bucharest in August. It felt like a night of farewells. The City fans had said goodbye to Joe Hart that evening, given a final start by the manager ahead of a loan to Torino, and it appeared...

Transfer Talk: Manchester City eye Jack Butland

May 17, 2017 06:42 PM PDT

Jack Butland could become Manchester City's No. 1 goalkeeper. Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland is attracting interest from Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea, according to the Mirror. The 24-year-old has returned to the Potters' first team after a year out with a back injury and is now being targeted by four of the league's top six. For more on Butland to City, as well as other rumours, check out Transfer Talk by clicking here.

Manchester City still have plenty to play for in finale versus Watford

May 17, 2017 06:08 PM PDT

Pep Guardiola admits the injury problems of Vincent Kompany and Fabian Delph makes his life difficult. With memories of an emotional farewell to Pablo Zabaleta still fresh in the mind, Manchester City's encouraging 3-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday at the Etihad has put the club on the threshold of automatic Champions League football next season. With all eyes on the departing Argentina international, it was difficult to focus on the task in hand, to make sure the final day's game at Watford carried as little threat as possible to City's hopes. As it stands, a draw will ensure...

Zabaleta bids farewell to the Etihad in style as Man City cruise vs. West Brom

May 16, 2017 04:20 PM PDT

Pablo Zabaleta was given an emotional send-off at the Etihad after a nine-year career with Man City. Manchester City kept their top-four fate in their own hands as they moved into third place with a 3-1 win over West Brom. The FC crew discuss how long Pep Guardiola should be given to make Manchester City a true title contender again. It isn't often that the football, especially when it's as enjoyable to watch as it was in Manchester City's 3-1 win over West Brom on Tuesday at the Etihad, takes a backseat. But the City fans were under no illusions; they wanted the job done quickly so they could enjoy Pablo Zabaleta's final home appearance for the club. That's exactly what they got, helped by West Brom's reluctance to do anything but sit deep, and it was the perfect send-off for the man who, in a nine-year spell, became a club...

Man City, Chelsea battle for Walker; Juventus weighing move for Rafinha

May 16, 2017 03:50 PM PDT

Kyle Walker may want out at Tottenham and doors could open at Chelsea or Man City. The football world's gossip mill is in full swing, and Transfer Talk is monitoring the whispers ahead of all the summer moves. Check out the latest deals and potential deals here. Chelsea and City to fight it out for Walker Chelsea have emerged as the main competition for Manchester City to sign Tottenham right-back Kyle Walker, according to the Mirror. The Premier League winners have offered to double the England international's wages to around £140,000-per-week. Spurs will demand £40...

Man City, Liverpool, Arsenal chase final UCL places, with playoff possible

May 16, 2017 02:20 PM PDT

With their UCL hopes out of their hands, the FC panel debate Arsenal's odds of reaching a top-four spot at season's end. Manchester City kept their top-four fate in their own hands as they moved into third place with a 3-1 win over West Brom. Should Liverpool fail to beat Middlesbrough and Arsenal win against Everton on Sunday, the Gunners can sneak into the top four at the very end of the season. Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal will enter the final day of the Premier League season fighting for two spots in next year's Champions League. Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are already guaranteed of taking their places in the group stage draw, but there are still two places up for grabs. Third place enters directly into the group stage, fourth place must go through the Champions League playoff round. Fifth place settles for the Europa League. Goal difference and goals scored will, as usual,...

De Bruyne's fine play takes Man City one step closer to Champions League

May 16, 2017 02:10 PM PDT

Manchester City kept their top-four fate in their own hands as they moved into third place with a 3-1 win over West Brom. The FC crew discuss how long Pep Guardiola should be given to make Manchester City a true title contender again. MANCHESTER, England -- Three quick thoughts from Manchester City's 3-1 Premier League win over West Bromwich Albion at the Etihad on Tuesday night. 1. De Bruyne takes Man City toward Champions League The double Champions League winner seems bound for the Champions League. Pep Guardiola has almost avoided the ignominy of finishing fifth and experiencing life in the Europa League. Manchester City cruised past West Bromwich Albion. They need to avoid defeat at Watford on Sunday to be mathematically...

Guardiola 'big club' comments don't help his cause at Manchester City

May 16, 2017 05:10 AM PDT

Pep Guardiola admits he will be sacked by Man City if his side don't challenge for the Premier League title next season. Pep Guardiola was honest about his situation when he claimed he would have been sacked by Barcelona or Bayern Munich if he had the same season there as his debut campaign at Manchester City.  But saying: "At a big club, I'm sacked," isn't helpful to his cause -- something he instantly realised at his news conference ahead of Tuesday's game with West Brom. "You have the [headlines] for tomorrow in the newspaper, you are happy, eh?" he replied when asked to clarify what he said. Guardiola's...

Modern Man City have been shaped by Yaya Toure more than any other player

May 16, 2017 12:44 AM PDT

Pep Guardiola has hinted that Yaya Toure could be set for a contract extension at Manchester City. Despite Man City's win over Leicester, Shaka Hislop feels Pep Guardiola must do a better job at managing games. Pep Guardiola discusses the influence of Pablo Zabaleta, who's set to leave Manchester City at the end of the season. Manchester City went a long way to securing a Champions League spot in an action-packed game match against Leicester. "[The fans] have to come [to Tuesday's game vs. West Brom] to support more than ever and to express gratitude for one of the most important players in the history of Manchester City ... His impact here was amazing, he was the first player to come here and he helped make this club what it is right now." Pep Guardiola was speaking about Pablo Zabaleta on Monday, but the words felt equally applicable to Yaya Toure. West Bromwich Albion's visit on Tuesday will be the Argentina international's home farewell...

Transfer Talk: Manchester City's Fabian Delph among Crystal Palace targets

May 15, 2017 07:08 PM PDT

Fabian Delph arrived at Manchester City in summer 2015 from Aston Villa. Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph is among multiple summer targets of Crystal Palace's Sam Allardyce. For more on Delph to Crystal Palace, as well as other rumours, check out Transfer Talk by clicking here.

Man City fan favourite Pablo Zabaleta deserves praise entering home finale

May 15, 2017 08:14 AM PDT

Pep Guardiola discusses the influence of Pablo Zabaleta, who's set to leave Manchester City at the end of the season. Manchester City's unsteady passage through the turmoil of 2016-17 will in the next five days produce two more seismic events to add to the club's fervent sense of drama. Victory over West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday will put City in the driving seat for the final day's European reckonings. The bigger the margin of victory, the softer the landing will be on Sunday when Pep Guardiola's charges visit Watford. The match with West Brom will be the last home game of the season and will, therefore, offer...


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