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Manchester City travel to Stuttgart for their final pre-season game on Saturday but the Citizens will be taking no risks as Yaya Toure, Fabian Delph and Gael Clichy remain at the Etihad Complex recovering from injury.

Toure was involved in a collision with Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas during a friendly game seven days ago and the Ivorian has been rested as a precaution. Initial concerns were that Toure was suffering from concussion after "feeling groggy" but subsequent tests were clear and although the 32 year-old will miss the trip to Germany he is expected to fully recover for GW1. Delph has been ruled out after suffering a hamstring tear just 20-minutes into his debut while Clichy has picked up a knock. However there was better news as Wilfried Bony was included having missed the tour of Australia due to a ‘mystery illness’ but there was no place for Aguero, Demichelis, Fernandinho or Zabaleta having been given additional time-off due to their involvement in the Copa America.
Jul 31 - 6:05 PM

Stevan Jovetic has left the Premier League and Manchester City for Serie A and Inter Milan according to a Tweet from Inter.

Jovetic arrived at the Etihad with much fanfare but poor health robbed him of a chance to really establish himself in the side. With Wilfried Bony arriving last January and Raheem Sterling coming this summer, the writing was on the wall for Jovetic. He will now move on and see if he can recreate the great Serie A form that saw City buy him in the first place. There is some question over the nature of the deal with Inter having announced a four-year permanent deal and Manchester City indicating a year-and-a-half loan with an option to buy permanently. The terms don't matter too much on the pitch but City have put together a string of disappointing transfers and to not get a transfer fee back for Jovetic for another 18 months minimum would be another brutal indictment of their transfer dealings.
Jul 31 - 12:57 PM

Out of favor Man City striker has confirmed his transfer to Roma, agreeing terms with the Serie A club according to Sky Sports. Now it is just a matter of settling on a fee…

It is a transfer that has been rumbling for a number of weeks. Bosnian front man Edin Dzeko was always going to be too good to sit on Man City’s bench, but perhaps never quite good enough to force his way into the team. Especially if Manual Pellegrini is going to tweak the shape this season, opting for a 4-2-3-1 formation to get the best out of new signing Raheem Sterling and City’s best creative force David Silva. Dzeko has always scored goals – a remarkable 50 in 74 starts, no less – but with Sergio Aguero at the club, very much played the bridesmaid role. He even scored the ultimate ‘bridesmaid’ goal, getting the oft-forgotten equalizer in the legendary last-day encounter with QPR that clinched City’s first title in 2011/12. Aguero got the winner, of course. Personal terms have been agreed, Roma and City just need to agree a price thought to be in the region of £8m.
Jul 31 - 4:10 AM

Despite the big money new signings – and potentially more on the way – David Silva and Sergio Aguero remain Man City’s ‘must have’ players for Fantasy League managers…

Money talks, but FL points talk louder. And when it comes to selecting Man City players, two voices boom out above all others. Sergio Aguero’s 28 goals and eight assists from 30 starts last season put him top of most FL games in the Forwards category. Only Harry Kane got within spitting distance in the PL.com version, where Aguero was also one of only three to break the 200pts mark. Likewise, he will top most manager’s wish list this time around. Next David Silva cannot be ignored for sheer consistency. He has provided 12 assists for the last three seasons in a row. And his average season total (PL.com) is an outstanding 163pts, with his best ever haul of 12 goals helping him towards his best ever total last time out (191pts). Raheem Sterling may well have a big season, Samir Nasri and Yaya Toure have all the tools to do the same. But David Silva and Sergio Aguero are your City ‘bankers’.
Jul 28 - 6:59 AM

Raheem Sterling was Manchester City's shining star in their 8-1 win over the Vietnam XI.

Manchester City was in control the entire way and was able to put eight goals in the back of the net. Aleksander Kolarov, David Silva, and Raheem Sterling all scored two a piece and Rony Lopes and Jose Angel Pozo added one each. It was a good warmup for Manchester, who go into the new season without their top striker - Sergio Aguero. Aguero is still on summer break following his participation in the Copa America. Sterling will get a chance to lead his team to a fast start with Aguero missing at least the first week of action.
Source: Goal.com
Jul 27 - 12:40 PM

Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed that his South American contingent – Sergio Aguero / Martin Demichelis / Pablo Zabaleta / Fernandinho – look set to miss the opening weekend of the new PL season following their involvement in this summers’ Copa America tournament.

Having played until July – Argentina were beaten finalists – Pellegrini is keen to give his players around a month off ahead of a tough Premier League campaign which means none are expected to return to training until later this week. The quartet could be ready within a fortnight with Chelsea the target at the Etihad [GW2] although starting may be out of the question. City have already been rocked by the news that new signing Fabian Delph – hamstring – is out of the opener, however Yaya Toure will be fine after he returned to Manchester as a precaution – suspected concussion - following a collision with goalkeeper Keylor Navas during Fridays' friendly defeat at the hands of Real Madrid.
Source: Daily Mail
Jul 27 - 6:06 AM

Pep Guardiola has reported agreed to become Man City’s manager next season and it looks increasingly like he will be managing Kevin de Bruyne…

Speculation on the pitch and in the dugout at Man City, as the Qatari TV station BeIn reports that a deal has been agreed to bring Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola to the Etihad next season. It is not the first time that the ex-Barcelona boss has been linked with the City job and cranks up the pressure on Manual Pellegrini to deliver in the PL and the Champions League this term. City have already spend big £57-odd million and are apparently closing in on Belgian Kevin de Bruyne, which could take the summer bill up to the around the £110m mark. If Pep does arrive next season, City’s money men will hope that he doesn’t want to bring in too many of his own players…
Source: The Mirror
Jul 26 - 5:02 PM

Man City have been linked with Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain as Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic both head to the Etihad exit…

Man City are on the hunt for a striker to replace Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic, both of whom look destined for new pastures after failing to establish themselves at the Etihad. Jovetic, show cost £22 million from Fiorentina in 2013, is reported to be having a medical at Inter Milan next week. While Dzeko, a £27m buy from Wolfsburg in 2011 has been linked with a £14m move to Roma. Argentine Gonzalo Higuain is seen as the ideal man to link-up with countryman Sergio Aguero in attack. His club Napoli has stressed he is not for sale, but a bid in the region of £45m will test their resolve. Alternatively, City boss Manual Pellegrini has Wilfried Bony on the books and is keen to give game time to 18-year-old academy player Kelechi Iheanacho this season.
Jul 26 - 8:28 AM

Man City director of football Txiki Begiristain is scheduled to meet Kevin De Bruyne’s agent in the next few days as City revive their interest in the Wolfsburg midfielder…

City rivals United have stolen a march in the transfer speculation stakes recently, with rumors of Angel Di Maria heading to PSG and Zlatan ibrahimovic possibly on his way to the PL (oh, please let him come…). Plus, all is quiet on the Paul Pogba front so the focus has shifted back to Belgian Kevin de Bruyne. The player’s agent Patrick De Koster has reportedly travelled to the UK to talk turkey with City’s director of football Txiki Beriristain. City value the player at £40m, but Wolfsburg are believed to be asking closer to £60m. The hamstring injury to latest recruit Fabien Delph – plus City’s deep pockets – might strengthen Wolfsburg’s hand in the negotiations, so the final fee could eclipse the £49m City paid for Raheem Sterling.
Jul 25 - 8:23 AM

Man City boss Manual Pellegrini seems resigned to the fact that striker Edin Dzeko will leave the club before the start of the new season…

All the talk this summer has been about who is coming in at Man City, but it seems increasingly clear that one player heading for the exit is striker Edin Dzeko. The Bosnia-Hercegovina international has played just 26 minutes of their pre-season tour, coming on as a substitute v Real Madrid (when the match was effectively over). And missing the match with Roma, a club he has been linked with. City boss Pellegrini admitted ahead of the Madrid match: ‘It is not clear if he will continue here.’ Despite always scoring goals for City – hitting a remarkable 50 in 74 starts, Dzeko has never been first choice. Sergio Aguero is – quite rightly – the main man and the suggestion is that City will be employing more of a 4-5-1 formation this season, which will limit his chances further. Now aged 29, first team football will be more appealing than batting for bench space with Wilfried Bony and Stefan Jovetic.
Source: bbc.co.uk
Jul 24 - 1:05 PM

Manchester City were put to the sword during a 45 minute masterclass from Real Madrid in Melbourne today. The Galacticos stormed into a 3-nil lead while problems were further compounded as Fabian Delph limped off with an apparent hamstring strain.

Delph lasted a little over 19 minutes of his debut before injury curtailed his afternoon as the £8 million midfielder was stretchered from the field amid fears he could now miss the start of the season. Delph partnered Fernando in a 4-2-3-1 and just moments after his departure Real opening the scoring before adding two more. City were however able to – rather fortuitously – claw a goal back as Yaya Toure converted a penalty in first half added time. Ramos was adjudged to have handled inside the box although replays clearly show differently. Real continued to press throughout the second half as another poor refereeing decision cost Ronaldo a goal but Los Blancos weren’t finished as Cheryshev confidently slotted home the fourth after great work by Isco [final score 4-1].
Source: The Mirror
Jul 24 - 8:04 AM

Kelechi Iheanacho had a goal and an assist while Joe Hart pulled off heroics in the penalty shootout as Manchester City edged AS Roma 2-2 (5-4 penalties).

The storyline at kickoff was the sight of Raheem Sterling donning the Sky Blues for the first time and anticipating how he would gel with his new teammates. It only took two minutes for a payoff. Iheanacho lifted the ball over a crowded midfield to find Sterling sprinting toward the Roma goal. Sterling slotted home with confidence. Roma would equalize quickly but Iheanacho would score himself early in the second half. Roma would level again with a late free kick to take the match to a penalty shootout. Chosen as the fifth man to kick, Joe Hart drilled his chance home, then proceeded to save the next two Roma attempts to seal the win. The highly anticipated tilt with Real Madrid is next on tap for City in a couple of days.
Jul 21 - 10:16 AM

With Fabian Delph and Raheem Sterling on-board transfer talk has gone quiet at the Etihad. Time to start speculating how Man City might set up next season…

The Raheem Sterling and Fabian Delph deals have provided the drama of this summer’s transfer window. With Sterling in the role of baddie and Delph providing a suitably shocking twist. The plot surrounding Kevin De Bruyne is a more murky one and everyone is bored of the never ending Paul Pogba franchise. Plus, Man City proudly showcased a dozen or so of their academy products on their pre-season tour of Australia so all business – incoming, anyway - might well be done for the summer. The Manchester Evening News has given fans the chance to name their starting X1 for the coming season and the most popular aggregate team adopts a changed 4-5-1 formation that looks like this: Hart - Zabaleta, Kompany, Mangala, Clichy - Delph, Toure, Fernandinho, Sterling, Silva - Aguero.
Jul 21 - 6:26 AM

Samir Nasri made a statement by scoring the only goal of the match in the 86th minute as Manchester City defeated Melbourne, 0-1.

After fading out of first team action last season, Samir Nasri reminded Manuel Pellegrini and company that he has something to offer the club. He struck a superb volley with five minutes to go to give City the win, displaying his class. New boy Raheem Sterling was not in the mix and Copa America participants Sergio Aguero, Pablo Zabaleta and Martin Demichelis were also kept out of action.

Fabian Delph has reversed course for at least the third time in 2015 and is reportedly having a medical at Manchester City ahead of a move to the club.

Delph committed his future to Aston Villa during the 2014-15 season by signing a long-term extension which supporters hailed as a positive step for the club. It was revealed over the summer that the contract had a cheap £8million release clause which Manchester City was prepared to use. That plan seemed foiled until Delph canceled a medical last week stating "I'm not leaving, I'm staying at the football club." Apparently he has changed his mind again putting Aston Villa in a difficult spot with their best two players, Delph and Benteke, likely out the door within days of each other.
Source: BBC Sport
Jul 17 - 10:26 AM


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