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Paul Pogba has put his Man City move on ice until the outcome of the Barcelona presidential election…

The Paul Pogba transfer saga looks like rumbling on for at least another few weeks, with Man City being asked to sit tight until the results of Barcelona’s presidential elections on July 18th. The promise of which marquee signing will follow is the chief – perhaps, only – campaigning tool for potential Barca presidents. With both Joan Laporta and Josep Maria Bartomeu promising to sign Pogba. This can’t be good news for City. We know the eye-watering £70 million price tag isn’t a problem, but obviously playing second fiddle to Barca as Pogba’s preferred option might be. Another player on City’s wish list, Kevin De Bruyne has also had a ‘hands off’ notice slapped on him by his club Wolfsburg. With £145 million burning a hole in their collective pocket we can expect a third bid for Raheem Sterling this week.
Jul 1 - 5:21 AM

The agent of Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko has vehemently denied that his client held talks with Roma to discuss a potential move to Serie A.

The rumour – fuelled by the Italian press – claimed Dzeko would be used in a deal involving fellow countryman Miralem Pjanic with the midfielder moving to the Etihad. However despite claims that Dzeko would go "running" to the Giallorossi Irfan Redzepagic [his agent] dismissed any talk as nonsense revealing Dzeko has had no contact with the club and remains happy in Manchester. Following the arrival of Wilfried Bony in January competition for game time is fierce with Sergio Aguero always likely to start if fit. Dzeko was restricted to just 11 BPL starts last season and played less than a thousand minutes – his lowest return for a full season since joining back in January, 2011.
Source: The Guardian
Jun 30 - 6:30 AM

Man City brace themselves for a flurry of transfer activity as Director of Football Txiki Bergiristain returns from holiday…

There has been plenty of smoke and we are about to see some fire. City’s Director of Football Txiki Bergiristain returned from holiday yesterday, so we can expect to see some movement in the ongoing transfer sagas of Raheem Sterling and Paul Pogba. Plus, find out if there is any substance to the Jack Wilshere and Fabian Delph rumors. On top of that, reports in France have suggested that Monaco right-back Fabinho could be City’s first signing. It’s perhaps not a priority position for City, but with Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna both the wrong side of 30, a move for the 21-year-old Brazilian makes good sense. One player heading in the other direction is Edin Dzeko. The Bosnian striker started just 11 matches last season (scoring four goals) and not prepared to be third choice behind Wilfried Bony and Sergio Aguero. Expect the revolving door at the Etihad to start spinning imminently.

Man City are reportedly close to sealing a £60 million deal for the much sought after Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba…

All quiet on the Man City and Paul Pogba front for a couple of days, but today we hear that boss Manual Pellegrini is confident that the deal is done. The £60 million transfer fee is less than the eye-watering £75 million that had been quoted earlier in the summer, but will make Pogba the most expensive PL import. It will also be City’s first new face of the summer, Raheem Sterling expected to join in due course and also talk of Barcelona striker Pedro and Seville’ highly rated Argentine centre-back Nicolas Otamendi. There was a suggestion that Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere was also a target, but the signing of Pogba would put an end to that – Pogba also rated as ‘home grown’ as he came through the junior ranks across the city at Manchester United. Paul can expect a lively reception on derby day.
Source: The Sun
Jun 26 - 4:38 AM

Man City full-back Shay Facey has made such an impact he has had his loan stay at New York City extended. He and City left-back Angelino will now stay until the end of the MLS season…

Facey, a right-back who has represented England at every age group level, was due to return to City in July. But New York City coach Jason Kreis has been so impressed his stay has been extended. City’s MLS sister club had gone 11 matches without a win, but a return to form coincided with Facey’s switch to centre-back. They have now won their last three and don’t want to disrupt their back-four. The rapid development of City’s Spanish left-back Angelino is thought to be behind the club’s willingness to listen to offers for Aleksander Kolarov. The 18-year-old impressed when marking Lionel Messi in a practice match last season, when the Argentinian team were using City’s Carrington training facility. He too will remain at New York City for the rest of the season, linking up with Frank Lampard, David Villa and – according to reports – Juve’s departing Andrea Pirlo.
Jun 24 - 5:49 AM

Sergio Aguero is expected to be available for next weekends’ Copa America quarter final after coach Gerardo Martino decided not to risk his star striker in the final group game against Jamaica.

Concerned Man City supporters watched as their star player trudged off during the dying moments of Argentina’s win over Uruguay because of a shoulder injury. Aguero grabbed the only goal of a close-fought contest scoring a diving header from a Pablo Zabaleta cross but the Argentine hit-man landed awkwardly. Post-match scans revealed only minor damage but Martino did err on the side of caution with their place already assured in the knockout phase "Kun has an injury problem. If not, he would be in from the start. It is not worth taking chances with a player like him, especially as he is fighting for that position with two great players."
Jun 21 - 5:25 PM

Manual Pellegrini expects to get his man this week with an increased £50 million bid for Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling…

Liverpool have said they wouldn’t take a penny less than £50 million and it looks like they will get it. Man City have so far tabled two bids – a cheeky £25 million opening gambit, followed by an increased £35.5m plus add ons, which would take the final fee past £40m depending on appearances. But Liverpool haven’t budged. With Paul Pogba and Jack Wilshere also on their radar – both fitting City’s bill in terms of age and ‘home grown’ status, there was speculation that the Sterling deal might stall. But with Wilshere offered a new double-your-money £100k a week contract from Arsenal and Pogba still flirting with Barcelona, Real Madrid and Chelsea (among others), the onus is on City to get their number one target locked down. Plus, it will free up funds for Liverpool to pursue Southampton full-back Nathaniel Clyne and Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firminio.
Source: The Express
Jun 21 - 5:06 AM

City will turn their attention to Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere if a deal for Paul Pogba cannot be struck…

With the Raheem Sterling deal dragging its heels and the Paul Pogba saga becoming farcical – after a relentless, year-long marketing campaign from his agent we are now hearing that Pogba is happy in Italy! Manual Pellegrini has indicated he is prepared to cast his net wider, with England’s man of the moment Jack Wilshere on the radar. This could of course be bit of flirting from City to prompt a reaction from Pogba (and perhaps Sterling) and Arsenal will resist any advances. Wilshere himself hasn’t ruled a move out, but insisted he would only leave Arsenal if his was ‘no longer wanted’. His mooted £40 million price tag no doubt inflated by his recent two-goal showing in the Euro 2016 qualifiers, but his fitness is still an issue. He only appeared 14 times in an Arsenal shirt last season, scoring just twice (once v Man City).
Source: The Star
Jun 20 - 5:52 AM

Sergio Aguero proves the difference for Argentina in a 1-0 win over Copa America holders Uruguay…

After a slow start, being held 2-2 by Paraguay, last year’s World Cup runner-sup now lead Group B after a narrow and typically testy victory. The lavish talents of Lionel Messi and Angel Di Maria were outdone by a Man City combination early in the second half, Aguero providing a sharp near-post headed finish to Pablo Zabaleta’s cross. Aguero has carried his exceptional end of season PL form into the tournament, scoring two in two and 11 in his last nine over all. His name has been linked with a move to Real Madrid this summer but insists he is happy at the Etihad and has targeted winning the Ballon d’Or while at City. This should be great news for City fans as it could mean a long stay – the trophy has been the joint property of Messrs Ronaldo and Messi for the last seven years, with the mortal world playing for 3rd place.
Source: The Star
Jun 17 - 5:36 AM

Man City have lodged an increased bid of £35 million with Liverpool for unsettled winger Raheem Sterling…

The names of Aston Villa’s Fabian Delph, Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere and – of course – Juventus’ Paul Pogba have all been linked to City in the last few days. But Pellegrini's number one target has always been Raheem Sterling and if anyone doubted City's intentions, a jump of £10 million from their initial £25 million bid tells us this deal in going to happen. Liverpool’s valuation of Sterling has gone from ‘priceless’ to £60m to £50m in the last month. It’s been reported that Liverpool asked for Edin Dzeko as a makeweight in the deal, but the Bosnian striker turned it down. Should City’s offer anything north of £40m, the Anfield money men’s resolve will be severely tested – with potential deals for Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke and Southampton’s Nathaniel Clyne in the offing.
Source: bbc.co.uk
Jun 17 - 5:11 AM

Pablo Zabaleta is expected to return to the starting line-up on Tuesday after missing the Copa America opener against Paraguay because of a minor ankle sprain.

Zabaleta played every minute of the World Cup finals in Brazil under former coach Alejandro Sabella and the Manchester City full-back plays a pivotal role for his country. His timely return will be welcomed after Argentina let a 2-goal lead slip last weekend and any further mistakes against their main rivals - Uruguay - will cost La Albiceleste top spot in Group B. Sergio Aguero will be hoping to add to his goal tally as he partners Angel di Maria and Lionel Messi in a 3-prong attack while club teammate Martin Demichelis is likely to continue on the bench with Ezequiel Garay and Nicolas Otamendi playing in the heart of defence.
Jun 16 - 7:06 AM

Paul Pogba seems to have taken a step closer to the big money move of the summer as Juventus admit that money will talk. City boss Manual Pellegrini stands by to clear his throat…

The proposed transfer of Paul Pogba is very much the talk of the summer. But what is driving it is not yet clear. It could purely be down to the ambition of the player (or his agent). It could be the desire of Juventus to cash-in on their most prized asset while his stock is high and contract long – he signed a five-year extension last summer. Or maybe the media is simply having too much fun with Paul’s surname – ‘How much is that Poggy in the window?’ must surely be the best/ worst headline so far. The ante has been upped by his club admitting it would be ‘difficult to say no’ to a lucrative bid, but stopped short of naming a price. But why would they with the bottom-less pockets of Man City, Chelsea and possibly others to plunder. City looks favourites as we know they need to add ‘home grown’ players. Pogba fits the bill having done his growing across town at United, but his former club could yet be lured into a bidding war. Did someone say: ‘Poggy in the middle’?
Jun 16 - 6:06 AM

After an impressive debut season, £32 million Mangala looks the manin man at the heart of City’s defence.

Until recently Man City captain Vincent Kompany was generally thought of as the world’s best centre-back, while his defensive partner Martin Demichelis was widely mocked. But there has been a shift of power at the heart of City’s defence – and a new kid on the block. Eliaquim Mangala made more of an impression with referees than he did City fans when he first arrived (for an eye-watering £32 million) – racking up seven yellow cards and a red in his first 11 matches (all comps). But has emerged as City’s best defender. He collected more clean sheets (11) than Demichelis (9) and Kompany (7) and his goals conceded ratio (0.88 per game) also better (1.07 and 1). He has even cleaned up his act – seeing yellow just once in his final 20 matches of the season. The Mangala-Demechelis partnership coincided with City’s outstanding end of season form - six consecutive wins, including four clean sheets – and looks the pick of City’s defenders next term.
Jun 10 - 3:58 PM

Man City full-back Alexsander Kolarov plots a return to Serie A as his agent opens talks with Serie A giants Inter Milan. And he could be joined by team-mate Stevan Jovetic.

Kolarov joined City for £16 million in 2010 and has made no secret of his desire to return to Italy one day, despite signing a three year extension to his contract – worth a reported £100k a week - just last summer. In March he was quoted as saying: ‘I’d like to return to Italy, but it’s difficult.’ His first team appearances were limited last season by the presence of Gael Clichy. The Serbian started just 16 matches (to Clichy’s 23) but out-performed the former Arsenal man in clean sheets (9 v 6), Goals (2 v 0) and matched his three assists. AC Milan were thought to be leading the race for his signature, but Inter have stolen a march and are also keen to take his City team mate Stevan Jovetic and Chelsea’s Juan Cuadrado. Which might just leave a Raheem Sterling sized hole for one of last season’s top two. Just saying…
Source: Daily Mail
Jun 10 - 2:50 AM

Yaya Toure will not be involved in the upcoming African Cup of Nations qualifying game against Gabon because of injury.

The specifics of the problem remain unknown and the Manchester City midfielder was withdrawn – officially – from the squad on Monday. Toure has struggled throughout 2015 due to an ongoing hamstring issue which forced the player off on the hour mark during the final home game versus Southampton and it could be a continuation of that. However the squad should still be strong enough to secure the points against a side ranked 59th in the latest FIFA ratings with the likes of Wilfried Bony, former Gunner Gervinho and ex-Chelsea star Salomon Kalou all expected to feature. Kolo Toure has now retired from international football and will not take part in the competition as the Ivory Coast defend their crown.
Source: Daily Mail
Jun 9 - 2:54 AM



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