Manchester City

Key additions have Pep Guardiola's Man City squad starting to fall into place

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:30:00 PDT

Sid Lowe details what exactly Manchester City would be getting by signing Dani Alves. Craig Burley believes Pep Guardiola's defence still needs improving, even if Dani Alves decides to join Manchester City. ESPN's Manchester City correspondent Jonathan Smith tells us who he thinks could be playing under Pep Guardiola in the 2017-18 season. ESPN FC's Dan Thomas and Mark Ogden discuss Man City's transfer market plans, which include Alexis Sanchez and Kyle Walker. With Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea yet to make a dent in the transfer market and Arsenal and Liverpool both conjuring only one major acquisition so far, it is Manchester City that are setting a scorching pace this summer. It is only June and City have secured a new goalkeeper in Ederson Moraes and one of the brightest young global talents in Monaco midfielder Bernardo Silva. While Ederson holidays in Lisbon, his new teammate and fellow ex-Benfica player Silva underlined just what...

Kylian Mbappe: Madrid, United, Arsenal, PSG, City and Liverpool's sales pitch

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 02:33:00 PDT

The ESPN FC crew have all the best coverage on the Kylian Mbappe transfer rumours. The ESPN FC crew have all the best coverage on the Kylian Mbappe transfer rumours. The ESPN FC crew have all the best coverage on the Kylian Mbappe transfer rumours. The ESPN FC crew have all the best coverage on the Kylian Mbappe transfer rumours. The ESPN FC crew have all the best coverage on the Kylian Mbappe transfer rumours. The ESPN FC crew have all the best coverage on the Kylian Mbappe transfer rumours. The ESPN FC crew have all the best coverage on the Kylian Mbappe transfer rumours. The ESPN FC crew have all the best coverage on the Kylian Mbappe transfer rumours. The ESPN FC crew have all the best coverage on the Kylian Mbappe transfer rumours. Monaco sensation Kylian Mbappe is the most sought after man in world football. The France international, 18, scored 24 goals in 41 appearances in all competitions last season and starred as Monaco reached the semifinals of the Champions League and won Ligue 1.  His blistering form has led to plenty of talk in the gossip columns about his next club. From Real Madrid to Manchester United, Arsenal to Paris Saint-Germain, Mbappe is a wanted man. Here, we've selected the clubs Mbappe has been linked...

Transfer target Dani Alves has won more than Manchester City

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 02:18:00 PDT

The ESPN FC crew discuss what Dani Alves would bring to Manchester City. Pep Guardiola wants to bring winners to Manchester City and he can't get anyone more successful than transfer target Dani Alves, who has won more trophies in his career than his prospective new club. The Brazilian defender won the double with Italian giants Juventus last season to take his incredible personal trophy haul to 33 medals. City, meanwhile, have won 18 trophies in their history -- four league titles, five FA Cups, four League Cups and one European triumph -- the European Cup Winners'...

Full-backs require Pep Guardiola's full attention at Manchester City

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 07:24:00 PDT

Craig Burley believes Pep Guardiola's defence still needs improving, even if Dani Alves decides to join Manchester City. Dani Alves looks likely to be the latest part of Pep Guardiola's Manchester City summer transfer splurge and the first of a major overhaul of his defence. Portuguese playmaker Bernardo Silva was the first arrival, adding more creativity, and was quickly followed by Ederson Moraes to sort out City's goalkeeper problems. But while there are likely to be more signings to add options elsewhere in his team, Guardiola has now turned his attention to the defence, an area many saw as City's biggest problem...

Premier League needs proven winners like Dani Alves, Cristiano Ronaldo

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 05:15:00 PDT

The ESPN FC crew discuss whether Cristiano Ronaldo is heading back to the Premier League. Pep Guardiola appears set to be reunited with Dani Alves, 34, at Manchester City; Manchester United are playing the waiting game over a possible return for 32-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid. This could turn out to be a transfer summer dominated by veterans. Alves, with three Champions League titles (all won at Barcelona), and Ronaldo, with four (United and Madrid combined) would head to clubs who have fallen well short in Europe's premier club competition over recent years. Should Wayne...

Get to know Talisca, the midfielder being fought over by both Manchester giants

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 11:51:00 PDT

Talisca is just the latest talented youngster to come through the Benfica pipeline and looks set for a major move this summer. An abundantly talented youngster arrives in Portugal from South America. He is taught to be tactically aware, his physique is bolstered and his technical skills honed. A raw and promising youth player turns into a hot property, is sold to one of Europe's biggest clubs, expresses his eternal gratitude and departs uttering unrealistic promises that one day he will return. This is the story of so many young footballers who have crossed the Atlantic seeking fame and fortune over the past decade, and...

Transfer Talk: Tottenham Hotspur demanding £45m for Kyle Walker

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 06:40:00 PDT

Tottenham has set their price for 27-year-old defender Kyle Walker. Tottenham Hotspur will reportedly not budge on a £45 million price tag for defender Kyle Walker, meaning the ball is now in Manchester City's court as to whether they will cough up the money. For more on the Walker negotiations, as well as other rumours, check out Transfer Talk by clicking here.

Dani Alves a perfect fit for Pep Guardiola's ambitious Man City project

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 09:43:00 PDT

Gab Marcotti and the FC crew weigh in on how Dani Alves would fit in at Man City following rumours of a Juventus exit. Alejandro Moreno contends leaving Juventus for Manchester City wouldn't make sense for Dani Alves. The FC panel answer your tweets on Dani Alves and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's futures and the Gianluigi Donnarumma fallout. So far, Manchester City's transfer campaign has concentrated on recruiting up-and-coming talents -- exciting youngsters who Pep Guardiola can develop into genuinely top-class performers. Ederson is a 23-year-old goalkeeper, Bernardo Silva a 22-year-old attacking midfielder. Things, however, are set to change -- with City on the verge of clinching the signing of one of the world's most renowned, successful and consistent footballers -- Danil Alves. While the Premier League has become renowned...

David Silva crucial to Pep Guardiola's ambitions for Manchester City

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 07:09:00 PDT

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno discusses Manchester City's links with Dani Alves. David Silva has revealed that he wants to end his career at Manchester City and that decision will be welcomed by manager Pep Guardiola just as much as the fans. The Spain international is currently contracted for another two years -- the same as the Catalan coach -- but is hoping to remain longer at the Etihad, ideally retiring with the club. Guardiola could also extend his stay but that could depend on the next two seasons with his project of transforming City into one of the leading teams in...

Transfer Rater: Nelson Semedo to Man United, Dani Alves to Man City

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 01:02:00 PDT

The latest transfer rumours from around the world. Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the whisper. Here are today's top five emerging whispers for the summer. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip. Jean Michael Seri to Roma A host of clubs have missed out on Nice midfielder Seri as he looks likely to join Roma. Spanish media outlet Sport claim...

Aubameyang, Dani Alves draw Man City interest; Chelsea ready to spend

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 05:45:00 PDT

Alejandro Moreno contends leaving Juventus for Manchester City wouldn't make sense for Dani Alves. The football world is awash with gossip! Transfer Talk is monitoring the whispers ahead of all the summer moves. Check out the latest deals and potential deals here. Aubameyang, Alves could join Man City revolution It's been a while since Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been in the spotlight, but it's time for him to stride to centre stage again. Aubameyang is wanted by Manchester City, according to Sky Sports, which says Pep Guardiola "is understood to be an admirer" and...

Dani Alves would be steadying force for City, like Patrick Vieira before him

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 12:12:00 PDT

Alejandro Moreno contends leaving Juventus for Manchester City wouldn't make sense for Dani Alves. Alejandro Moreno contends leaving Juventus for Manchester City wouldn't make sense for Dani Alves. Given how influential Dani Alves was in getting Juventus to last season's Champions League final, a move for the full-back by Manchester City makes total sense -- even if he's in the twilight of his career. At 34, he's clearly not going to be Pep Guardiola's long-term option, but given his experience playing under the City manager at Barcelona and his top level ability on and off the ball, a reported £5 million fee would hardly represent a risk. In this day and age, it's actually a bargain. City...

Dani Alves would be big step toward Pep Guardiola's vision for Man City

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 03:45:00 PDT

Alejandro Moreno contends leaving Juventus for Manchester City wouldn't make sense for Dani Alves. Gab Marcotti reveals his two reasons why Barcelona let Dani Alves leave as the Brazilian continues to shine for Juventus. ESPN's Manchester City correspondent Jonathan Smith tells us who he thinks could be playing under Pep Guardiola in the 2017-18 season. Juventus defender Dani Alves believes his side gave the ball away too much in the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid. Dani Alves had some fun at the expense of a reporter during Juventus' Coppa Italia title celebration. Pep Guardiola wants his Manchester City full-backs to play in the way Dani Alves did for him when they were together at Barcelona -- and the easiest way to do that is to buy the Brazilian himself. Sources have told ESPN FC that City are interested in signing the Juventus right-back, who could be available for as little as £5 million. City are in the hunt for new full-backs after Guardiola allowed Pablo Zabaleta, Bacary Sagna and Gael Clichy to leave at the end of their contracts in June along...

Pep Guardiola focus turns to transfers as Man City react to fixture list reveal

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 01:02:00 PDT

The ESPN FC crew discuss Kyle Walker and Manchester City's transfer targets. The ESPN FC crew discuss Kyle Walker and Manchester City's transfer targets. As fans struggle through the tail end of the international fixtures and train their thoughts on this summer's holiday destinations, the following season's fixtures are already out. Whether you are firmly of the opinion that all teams play each other twice and there is nothing remotely to get excited about or alternatively that the position, density and order of fixtures can have a significant bearing on who wins what, nobody can resist having a quick glance to see what the fixture computer has decided...

Premier League fixtures: Tough April for title-chasing Man City

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 01:00:00 PDT

Pep Guardiola has high hopes for the coming season. The Premier League fixtures are out for the 2017-18 season and Manchester City kick off the season with the first ever Premier League match at Brighton's Amex Stadium. City are also on the south coast for the final game of the season in May at Southampton, which they hope will be a title party. But there is a long way to go before then in what could be one of the most competitive title races in recent years with six genuine contenders. Here are five key fixtures to watch for City. Liverpool (H)...

De Bruyne dons keeper gloves, takes rabona to the face in penalty shootout

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 09:13:00 PDT

Kevin De Bruyne was embarrassed with a penalty, Pogba embarrasses Cahill and plenty more in The Sweeper. Larking about in Abu Dhabi as part of Manchester City's post-season training camp, Kevin De Bruyne had the misfortune to end up on the painful end of a penalty shootout gone awry. The spot kick in question was taken by YouTube vlogger Miniminter, who attempted to beat De Bruyne with a rabona only to send the ball crashing in off the Belgian winger's face. Ouch. Nice to see the usual levels of sympathy being demonstrated by Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling, who obviously checked to make sure...

England's next captain: Cahill, Hart, Henderson, Kane could replace Rooney

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 04:30:00 PDT

Harry Kane says wearing the captain's armband gave him added responsibility to help England fight back at Scotland. The FC crew debate whether the fault for Scotland's two goals in their draw with England lies with Joe Hart. Former England captain John Terry believes it's vital that the World Cup-winning under 20 side get more first team football next season. Wayne Rooney's international career appears to be over after he was left out the England squad for their final two matches of the season. He may be his country's record goalscorer and won more senior caps than any other outfield player, but the 31-year-old's omission from Gareth Southgate's squad could spell the end for the current Manchester United and England captain. So, who could take the armband on a permanent basis? We asked some our club correspondents. GARY CAHILL It might surprise...

Transfer Talk: West Ham United mulls Joe Hart loan

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 06:05:00 PDT

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart is still waiting for offers. The Hammers were linked with a move for England international Joe Hart earlier in the year and are interested in taking him on loan if the price is right, the Mirror reports. For more on the pursuit of Hart, as well as other rumours, check out Transfer Talk by clicking here.

Manchester City outcast Joe Hart in England limbo after nightmare year

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 05:54:00 PDT

The FC crew discuss whether Joe Hart was to blame in England's 2-2 draw with Scotland. In the space of 12 months, Joe Hart has gone from being regarded as one of the world's leading goalkeepers to being unwanted by his club and fearing he will be ditched by England. It's a devastating fall from grace for a goalkeeper who should be at his peak. Instead, the 30-year-old says he does not see a future at Manchester City, has yet to receive an offer from elsewhere and is now facing calls to be dumped as England's No. 1 after seven years as undisputed first...

Manchester City summer briefing: International Champions Cup, friendlies, transfers

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 04:00:00 PDT

ESPN's Manchester City correspondent Jonathan Smith tells us who he thinks could be playing under Pep Guardiola in the 2017-18 season. Manchester City wrapped up the season on May 21 and after the completion of a number of international fixtures, much of the squad will have a rare summer free to relax and recuperate ahead of what could be a crucial campaign for manager Pep Guardiola. Almost the entire squad will head out to the United States for the International Champions Cup where they will play the first ever Manchester derby outside England (having been rained off in Beijing last year) when they face Jose Mourinho's side...


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