Latest report claims Kylian Mbappe will be presented as a PSG player on Monday

Kylian Mbappe

Done deal?

The latest reports on Thursday claim that Kylian Mbappe will sign for PSG this weekend in a €180m deal and will be presented by the club on Monday.

This comes after suggestions that the club were closing in on a deal, though there were also suggestions on Thursday morning that PSG had not agreed a fee.

That is not the case according to SPORT, who claimed on Thursday afternoon that the player will be a Paris Saint Germain player and will sign a five-year-deal.

SPORT even went as far as claiming that the player will be presented as a PSG player on Monday and presumably at the Parc de Princes.

It is reported that the deal that has been agreed is €180m, with €150m paid up front with a further €30m coming in potential variables.

This comes following the side completed the biggest deal in footballing history after Neymar Jr moved from Barcelona.

Since then, nothing that PSG are looking to do has been questioned as fiercely, with many questions over Mbappe questioning how rather than just discarding.

Whether a deal will get done is still not certain with conflicting reports, but there are certainly some publications who believe it is simply just a matter of time now.

PSG meet with Atletico and Real in Madrid

While the club seemingly are tied up with Kylian Mbappe, there are reports also stating that PSG president Nasser Al Khelaïfi is in Madrid to discuss several deals.

One is in the form of an Atletico Madrid player while Real Madrid are also looking to sign one of PSG’s stars from last season.

Click here to find out who those players are. 

Danny Rose: Spurs inferior to Chelsea & Man United

Mauricio Pochettino

Danny Rose on Tottenham’s squad

One of the most intriguing aspects of the summer transfer window has been how Tottenham have approached the market.

Arguably the best team in the Premier League over the past two seasons, Spurs remain the only top flight club yet to make a signing.

Of course, with three weeks left before the window slams shut there is still time for Mauricio Pochettino to add to his squad.

And the Spurs manager and board have received added pressure to sign new players on Thursday – the day before the new season starts – from one of their star players, left-back Danny Rose.

Spurs need to sign

Rose, in an explosive interview with the Sun, has made it plain that Tottenham have a worse squad than EPL rivals Man United, Man City and Chelsea.

On Spurs, Rose has explained what he’d do if he was in Pochettino’s position:

I am not saying buy ten players, I’d love to see two or three — and not players you have to Google and say, ‘Who’s that?’ I mean well-known players.

When it came to naming names, Rose discussed Everton’s Ross Barkley moving to Tottenham, saying it “would be a huge boost.”

Inferior to Chelsea & Man United

Rose was also happy to express his belief that Tottenham’s rivals, including Man City, Man United and Chelsea, have stronger squads that the Lillywhites.

Starting with Pep Guardiola’s Sky Blues and Jose Mourinho’s Red Devils, the left-back passed the following comments:

There are three weeks to go until the window shuts and you look at Man City and think, ‘If the window shut now they would be happy with the business they have done’.

Man United, more or less, are there — although I hear Mourinho may want one or two more players — but I am sure he’d be happy with his squad.

But Rose didn’t stop there.

In comments which are sure to piss off hoards of Spurs fans, the Tottenham star praised bitter rivals Chelsea.

Perhaps stating the obvious, Rose lauded the players in Antonio Conte’s squad, harking back to last season’s FA Cup final defeat to the Blues. He said:

We played Chelsea in the Cup semi — Costa, Hazard and Cahill didn’t play.

After 60 minutes, Conte has brought on Fabregas, Hazard and Costa and they’ve changed the match.

I thought to myself, ‘Could we ever afford to play against a top team and afford to have Harry Kane, Dele Alli and a top centre-back not playing?’

For the record, this isn’t the first time Rose has openly discussed being envious of Chelsea’s squad. He previously made similar comments during an apperance on BBC 5 Live radio.

Also see: Bad news for Chelsea, good news for Man United: Danny Rose drops bombs on Spurs.

Manchester City back on ‘red alert’ over Alexis Sanchez move

Injured – apparently

Everyone knows the drill – when a player who is trying to leave a club then becomes ‘ill’ or ‘injured’ the rumours will fly. 

In the case of Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez, both illness and injury have been the case in the last couple of weeks, with the player now apparently set to miss the first few games of the season, after manager Arsene Wenger confirmed he had injured himself in training and will be absent ‘for a while’.

Wenger claimed: “Sanchez will not be available.

“He had a little abdominal strain that he caught on Sunday morning in training. He had the scan two days ago. He’s out for a while.”

The Manchester Evening News claim that’s what has made Manchester City hopeful once again in terms of landing Alexis, and with his omission from the first couple of games this season, their position may even be stronger.

£50 million man

Arsenal have of course been dogged in their determination to keep Alexis, and have seen the likes of PSG and Barcelona linked with the player, along with the more remote possibilities of Chelsea and Manchester United.

However, it’s Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City who have been considered the favourites for some time, and are willing to pay £50 million for the player they want to add to their forward line.

Given Man City already have a scary attacking line up, and the fact that you can only have so many players in a starting XI or even a squad, it once again makes you wonder about Sergio Aguero, and if he has a future at the club – which judging by the way Pep dropped him last season in favour of Gabriel Jesus, would once again become even more remote if Alexis joined the club.

Antonio Conte appears envious of Man United & Arsenal’s transfer activity (Video)

Antonio Conte celebrates at Stoke

Antonio Conte on Sky Sports

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte appeared on Sky Sports on Wednesday morning, just days before the start of the Premier League season.

The reigning champs, who were beaten by Arsenal in the Community Shield, begin the defence of their title with a home match against Burnley on Saturday.

For several weeks, reports out of Stamford Bridge have been that Conte is unhappy and frustrated.

The Italian has been outspoken about his desire to add to Chelsea’s squad, and the Blues will return to Champions League action this campaign.

So far this summer, Alvaro Morata, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Antonio Rudiger have been the only major Chelsea signings.

Asked about Man United & Arsenal

Conte was asked to reveal how he reacts to news in the summer, when rivals like Man City, Man United and Arsenal all add to their squad.

The Chelsea boss was only happy to qualify the narrative that his rivals have strengthened this summer, turning the conversation back on Chelsea and how much tougher this year is likely to be.

Conte plainly stated that “he hopes to improve the team, the transfer window isn’t finished”.

Watch the interview below.

Who will be Premier League top goal scorer in 2017/2018?

Harry Kane & the Golden Boot
Harry Kane & the Golden Boot
HULL, ENGLAND – MAY 21: Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur poses in the tunnel with the golden boot and match ball after the Premier League match between Hull City and Tottenham Hotspur at KC Stadium on May 21, 2017 in Hull, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Premier League top goal scorer: Who can topple Harry Kane?

Besides who will win the Premier League outright, undoubtedly, the next biggest market going into any new season is who will finish as Premier League top goal scorer.

The Premier League is blessed with some awesome striker talent. And there are some significant improvements this year with some big name transfers incoming as well.

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Morata & Lacazette join the party!

The likes of Alvaro Morata and Alexandre Lacazette certainly offer some intriguing alternatives to the usual faces.

Whilst Romelu Lukaku’s change of club, from Everton to Manchester United, could also seriously slant things in the favour of the big Belgian.

Below is a breakdown of the main runners and riders in one of the most intriguing markets ahead of the 2017/2018 season.

A fascinating campaign awaits!

101 Great Goals predicts: Premier League top goal scorer in 2017/2018

Harry Kane currently owns this market. And betting on anyone but the man who recently Tweeted a photo of his two golden boots seems foolhardy.

Having analysed the market. And considered that new players to the Premier League rarely finish as top goal scorer in their first season, it seems wise to point to those with experience of England’s top flight.

For us, the best odds in the market, purely in terms of numbers are Gabriel Jesus (9/1) and Roberto Firmino (50/1). Clearly both have their drawbacks but if anyone stops Harry Kane it will be a surprise.

Bet on Harry Kane to finish as Premier League top goal scorer with Bet365: 3/1

Harry Kane, Tottenham, 3-1

The overwhelming favourite is Harry Kane and it should come as no surprise.

The “one season wonder” has now won the Premier League Golden Boot in successive seasons. And the way Kane went about things at the back end of last season, means he is the man to stop.

Bearing in mind Kane suffered two significant injury spells in 2016/2017, it was an impressive feat to see off the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez.

With Spurs playing at Wembley, there is a chance Kane will not get the service he did at White Hart Lane.

Nevertheless, with Kane on penalties and Spurs’ creative players Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli looking fresh and ready for the new season, it takes a brave punter to back against the England striker.

Romelu Lukaku, Manchester United, 4/1

The 24-year-old Belgian striker looked destined for Chelsea. But Manchester United hijacked that move and Lukaku joined up with his great mate Paul Pogba at Old Trafford.

The signing of Nemanja Matic means Lukaku should have good service from Pogba. As well as the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marcus Rashford.

Lukaku scored 25 goals in an Everton side that was off the pace for a top four spot so should receive plenty of opportunities at Manchester United.

The clear second favourite – likely due to Manchester United’s huge support in England and worldwide. Also, for what it’s worth, the most picked player in Fantasy Premier League as well.

Romelu Lukaku to finish top goal scorer - great odds

Sergio Aguero, Manchester City, 13/2

The last man to win the Premier League Golden Boot before Harry Kane. With the Argentine the only other player still appearing in England’s top flight to bag this award.

Aguero’s long odds are very much reflective of the fact that he is unlikely to be first choice at Manchester City this season.

Ever since Gabriel Jesus arrived at Manchester City, Aguero has often played second fiddle. And it would be no surprise to see this continue.

Nevertheless, with Manchester City’s attacking quality now coming from all over the pitch, Aguero could still rack up a big number of goals. But, top goal scorer could be beyond the Argentine.

Gabriel Jesus
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – MAY 13: Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City celebrates scoring his sides second goal the Premier League match between Manchester City and Leicester City at Etihad Stadium on May 13, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Gabriel Jesus, Manchester City, 9/1

Gabriel Jesus took to English football like the proverbial duck to water.

After arriving from Palmeiras, Jesus looked dangerous immediately. And his odds for the new season look scandalously large.

Seven goals in 10 Premier League appearances tells you everything about his potential goals to game ratio if the young Brazilian can stay fit.

With Pep expected to favour Jesus over Aguero, the man with the brilliant surname looks like a good option at 9/1.

It is only Aguero’s presence keeping Jesus from having lower odds. So the Manchester City striker could well be worth a flutter.

Alvaro Morata, Chelsea, 10/1

There are clearly pros and cons with Morata, who is expected to start the season as Chelsea’s main man up front.

Morata has never played in the Premier League before and this could see the Spaniard struggle for goals, especially in the initial weeks of the season.

Despite that, Morata was second top goal scorer at Real Madrid last season, having played far fewer games than many of his celebrated team mates.

In addition, Morata is playing in a side that will create plenty of chances, even without Eden Hazard in the initial weeks of the season.

Alexandre Lacazette, Arsenal, 12/1

A prolific scorer for Lyon and a cool and calm penalty taker, Lacazette might take a few weeks go get going but he is a bona fide goal poacher.

Atletico Madrid were favourites to sign Lacazette until their transfer ban hit and they know a striker when they see one.

If Lacazette settles quickly and shows his Lyon form, these odds will shorten dramatically.

Alexis Sanchez celebrates at Wembley
LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 27: Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal celebrates after The Emirates FA Cup Final between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on May 27, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal, 14/1

The Chilean looks set to stay at Arsenal and is a fine option at these rather long odds.

Sanchez looks set to play from the left again due to the arrival of Alexandre Lacazette.

There have to be doubts about whether Sanchez will start the season in good form after another exhausting summer with Chile.

But, Sanchez is unlikely to be affected by being in the final year of his Arsenal contract. And has improved every year he has been playing in England.

The Liverpool dilemma: Mane, Sturridge & Salah – all 40/1

Liverpool share out the goals so don’t have one player you would stick your money on.

Incredibly, Roberto Firmino, the closest thing Liverpool have to a starting striker, is 50/1.

Mane, Salah or Firmino could all go on an individual roll and surprise us all. But we suspect only Liverpool fans will be plumping for one of Jurgen Klopp’s rotating attackers.

Javier Hernandez signs for West Ham

Could there be a surprise Premier League top goal scorer in 17/18?

Jamie Vardy, still the holder of most goals in consecutive Premier League games, finds himself at 40/1.

Whilst there are a fair few strikers out there that will take such a large percentage of their teams’ goals that they might be worth considering.

We would include the likes of Manolo Gabbiadini (40/1), Javier Hernandez (40/1), Christian Benteke (50/1), Jermain Defoe (50/1), Tammy Abraham (66/1) in this category.

But you might well need a crystal ball. And the Almanac from Back to the Future II if any of this lot win it!

Bet365 odds on Premier League top goal scorer 2017/2018 – book closes August 11, 2017

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Related: Souness: Liverpool, Arsenal & Spurs won’t challenge for the Premier League title.

Fantasy Football team names: The best & funniest for 2017/2018.

Title winning signing? Man City target Barcelona star

Barcelona celebrate after 3-2 Real Madrid win

Man City & Barcelona

Is Pep Guardiola set to go shopping in Barcelona?

And if he lands his target, is this the final piece of the jigsaw for Man City to go on a win the Premier League title?

Looking at Man City’s activity in the summer window, one thing has been crystal clear; it’s a priority for Guardiola that City’s defence is massively improved for the upcoming season.

The Sky Blues have shelled out enormous sums of money of trying to rebuild their backline this summer. Kyle Walker has joined from Spurs, Danilo signed from Real Madrid, Benjamin Mendy has switched from Monaco, while Ederson is the club’s new number one.

And according to reports out of Spain, City are now trying to poach Sergio Busquets from Barca.

What’s the story?

Spanish radio station Onda Cero have announced on social media that Man City have reached out to Barca to find out about the possible availability of Busquets.

Busquets, a vastly experienced 29-year-old deep-lying midfielder, has been with Barcelona for his whole career to date, having come up through the club’s youth system, making his debut in 2008.

He has long been regarded as one of world football’s finest midfielders, with the 97-time capped Spanish international having added a defensive tenacity to his world-class abilities on the ball over recent years.

Most would subscribe to the opinion that Busquets is an upgrade on City’s current centre-mid options including Fernandinho and Yaya Toure.

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Will the deal happen?

Guardiola also expressed an interest in Busquets last summer, though any advances were quickly rebuffed by the Blaugrana hierarchy.

A similar response is expected this summer, though the questionable atmosphere surrounding the Camp Nou at present following the departure of Neymar means the Citizens maintain a shred of hope in their lengthy quest to sign a world-class midfielder.

For the record, Busquets is under contract at the Camp Nou until 2021.

Manchester City troll League One side on Twitter

Savage

Manchester City’s social media team have trolled Northampton Town over their new kit, which looks suspiciously similar to City’s third kit from last season.

The tweet is obviously harmless fun, but does seem a bit unnecessary considering the large disparities between the two sides.

For one, Northampton Town are in the third tier of English football, while Manchester City are one of football’s richest clubs – So making fun of the Cobblers may be seen as a bit ‘small time.’

Lazy from Nike

To  be fair to Northampton, any criticism should be leveled at the manufacturers, Nike, for being lazy.

The American sports giant have effectively recycled an old kit with a smaller club, something which most manufacturers are guilty of.

It surely wouldn’t be that hard to come up with a new design, or at least another colour scheme.

 

Manchester City enquire as to availability of Barcelona star

According to a report from Onda Cero, Premier League giants Manchester City have been in contact with Barcelona regarding the availability of star midfielder Sergio Busquets.

Class act

Busquets, a vastly experienced 29-year-old deep-lying midfielder, has been with Barcelona for his whole career to date, having come up through the club’s youth system, making his debut in 2008.

He has long been regarded as one of world football’s finest midfielders, with the 97-time capped Spanish international having added a defensive tenacity to his world-class abilities on the ball over recent years.

Citizens interest

And, as per the aforementioned report from Onda Cero, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, who managed Busquets during a trophy-laden spell at the Camp Nou between 2008 and 2012, is eager to once again link up with his fellow countryman this summer.

Having allowed Fernando to depart the club for Galatasaray and with Ilkay Gundogan struggling with injuries, City are threadbare in terms of midfield options heading into the new season.

Guardiola also expressed an interest in Busquets last summer, though any advances were quickly rebuffed by the Blaugrana hierarchy.

A similar response is expected this summer, though the questionable atmosphere surrounding the Camp Nou at present following the departure of Neymar means the Citizens maintain a shred of hope in their lengthy quest to sign a world-class midfielder.

Busquets is not the only Barca midfielder that Manchester City are rumoured to hold an interest in, however, with the club having reportedly been rejected in a bid for Sergi Roberto yesterday.

Manchester City still confident of signing Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez

Collymore: Why Chelsea will pip Man City to the Premier League title

John Terry bids farewell to Chelsea

Stan Collymore’s predictions

The weekend before the Premier League season kicks off has seen the first round of pundit lay out their predictions for the new campaign ahead.

Over in the Sunday Times, Graeme Souness has suggested that Man City will edge out Chelsea and Man United for the title.

Souness also went big on his belief that Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham have little chance of finishing the EPL season in the top spot.

In the Mirror on Sunday, it’s the turn of Stan Collymore to publish his predictions, and he’s made the case the Chelsea will pip Man City to the title.

If that proves accurate, Antonio Conte will lift the EPL crown in his first two season in England.

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Chelsea > Man City

So why has Collymore picked Chelsea above Man City?

Despite the fact that Blues fans have been consuming articles this summer reporting that manager Conte is upset with the lack of signings at Stamford Bridge, Collymore believes the Blues have done enough to still have the best squad in the division:

I’ve gone for Antonio Conte and his Chelsea stars to retain their crown ahead of Manchester City simply b­ecause they didn’t need to do a lot to their team.

Chelsea have a back five or six that’s unmatched in the League and although Nemanja Matic has gone to Manchester United, Conte’s defence still has the awesome protection of double footballer of the year N’Golo Kante.

But what if Kante gets injured?

And why doesn’t the talking head believe City have a stronger squad than the Blues?

Collymore feels the Sky Blues are at a disadvantage to Chelsea because Pep Guardiola has orchestrated “a big ­upheaval that will take time to settle”.

Other calls

Collymore thinks Man United will finish third, Liverpool fourth.

Much of that believe stems from Liverpool’s shaky back four. The pundit pencilled:

My only worry for Liverpool is their defence, but if they get Naby Keita and Virgil van Dijk it will be an upgrade.

Of all the top-six managers, Jurgen Klopp will be under the most pressure, closely followed by Guardiola.

When it came to assessing Tottenham and Arsenal, Collymore is unimpressed that Spurs have yet to sign a player (“I fear Spurs may be outgunned’), while he doesn’t buy into those who think Alexandre Lacazette’s arrival at the Gunners can propel them to become title winners.

Manchester City fans are loving Benjamin Mendy’s Kylian Mbappe Tweet

Benjamin Mendy to Man City

Benjamin Mendy: The most expensive defender in the world

French left back Benjamin Mendy may not have played for Manchester City yet, but he is in impressive form on social media.

Mendy is currently the most expensive defender ever, having joined Manchester City from PSG.

The former Monaco left back was outstanding last season as he enjoyed a campaign that saw his side win Ligue 1 and reach the Champions League semi-finals.

Mendy is currently out with muscular injuries and is expected to miss the first two weeks of the season.

In his place, Danilo, signed from Real Madrid has impressed Manchester City fans.

Benjamin Mendy’s impressive social media form…

Whilst Mendy may not be able to prove himself on the pitch, Manchester City fans are loving how things are going on social media.

On Saturday, Manchester City winger Leroy Sane posted a picture alongside Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe.

This came a day after Kylian Mbappe had played for Monaco as they beat Toulouse 3-2 in Ligue 1.

Mbappe continues to be linked with a mega move away from Monaco, and Manchester City are supposedly one of the suitors for the French striker.

Leroy Sane & Kylian Mbappe

Sane met Mbappe at a Nike event and wrote a simple message on Twitter, “Nice to meet you bro”.

Mendy responded with a brilliant GIF, which can be seen below.

Clearly, Mendy is as excited about Mbappe as the rest of us!

Manchester City begin their Premier League season at Brighton next Saturday evening.

Pep Guardiola’s side will be keen to get off to a winning start as they look to win trophies and finish higher than third in the Premier League after a huge summer of spending.

Related: Raheem Sterling’s money problems with a ‘Kim Kardashian lookalike’ prostitute.

Bad news for Bale’s Man United move as Real Madrid halt the Mbappe deal.

Raheem Sterling’s money problems with a ‘Kim Kardashian lookalike’ prostitute

Raheem Sterling

The Sun stitch up Raheem Sterling

The Sun have long been accused of having a vendetta against Manchester City and England star Raheem Sterling.

In the last few years, the tabloid have repeatedly published stories which seem specifically designed to damage Sterling’s reputation.

This weekend the Sun have attacked Sterling once again, revealing that the Man City star got into an argument with a “Kim Kardashian lookalike” prostitute after he fooled around with her during the club’s American pre-season tour.

For the record, Sterling’s girlfriend is Paige Milian. The couple have a child together.

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What’s the story?

The starting point for the Sun is to claim Sterling cheated on his partner during City’s US tour. Readers are told:

Raheem Sterling had sex with a £3,000-a-night hooker while on a pre-season US tour with Manchester City.

The £49 million England winger, 22, bedded the Kim Kardashian lookalike in Los Angeles last month.

Raheem Sterling v The Sun

Why do the Sun need to remind readers how much City paid for Sterling to prise him from Liverpool?

That seems to become clear shortly afterwards, as it’s claimed that love-rat Sterling tried to get a bargain deal with the prostitute. The Sun continued to reveal:

Sterling later rowed over her fee but paid her cash in an envelope.

Raheem, who earns £180,000 a week, sent a string of angry WhatsApp messages haggling about the cost before finally getting a Man City fixer to leave £1,500 for the prostitute.

Man City start their new Premier League campaign next weekend with an away trip to EPL new boys Brighton.

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Official: Galatasaray sign Fernando from Manchester City

Turkish giants Galatasaray have officially announced the signing of Brazilian midfielder Fernando from Manchester City.

Etihad exit

Fernando, a 30-year-old defensive midfielder, had been a Manchester City player since 2014, when he arrived from Portuguese giants Porto.

The South American went on to make 64 Premier League appearances for the Citizens, though the arrival of Pep Guardiola at the Etihad saw him slip down the pecking order last season.

Having started just 5 games in the league over the course of the 2016/17 campaign, it had long been rumoured that Fernando would be the latest in a growing number of exits from the Etihad this summer.

Done deal

So it came as a surprise to few when his departure was made official late last night, with Turkish Super Lig outfit Galatasaray having forked out a reported fee of around £5 million for his signature.

Fernando joins the likes of Willy Caballero, Bacary Sagna, Gael Clichy, Pablo Zabaleta, Aleksandar Kolarov and Jesus Navas in having moved on from Pep Guardiola’s side this summer.

Man City boss Pep Guardiola leaves door open for Alexis Sanchez or Kylian Mbappe move

Man City youngster withdraws from training amid Arsenal and Spurs interest

Man City boss Pep Guardiola leaves door open for Alexis Sanchez or Kylian Mbappe move

Pep Guardiola

“Something else”

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has admitted that he side needs “something else” in the transfer market even though he is happy with his squad.

The Cityzens have been linked with a whole host of players during the summer transfer window and have spent heavily.

Guardiola has brought in Benjamin Mendy and Bernardo Silva from AS Monaco while Kyle Walker joined from Tottenham.

Real Madrid full-back Danilo has also joined the club but Guardiola admits that he is still looking for “someone different” this summer.

The two names that will certainly jump out will be Kylian Mbappe and Alexis Sanchez who have both been heavily linked with a move to the Etihad.

Alexis is the more realistic of the two and the player is yet to resolve his contract issue with Arsenal which could lead to an exit this summer.

The Chilean is said to be interested in linking up with former manager Pep Guardiola having played under him at Barcelona.

Kylian Mbappe has been linked with the club but Real Madrid or Barcelona look in a better position to land the Frenchman should he leave.

Reports this week have stated that the player has told the club he would like to leave, though having been given the number 10, that could now be unlikely.

Speaking about further reinforcement, Guardiola explained: “I think we need someone else, something else, a little bit more.”

Mega Swap deal

While Manchester City are looking at several players, one report this week involving Alexis Sanchez certainly caught the eye.

The report explained that Pep Guardiola was okay with a straight swap deal with Alexis and one of City’s best players.

Should this deal actually come to fruition, there is no doubt that it would be one of the most iconic deals of the Premier League.

Find out which player Manchester City are reportedly willing to swap for Alexis Sanchez here. 

PSG president speaks out about the clubs pursuit of Alexis Sanchez

Alexis Sanchez on his Arsenal future

Second big money signing?

Paris Saint Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has admitted that if the club want to sign Alexis Sanchez they will go respectfully to Arsene Wenger.

The president admitted that there are excellent relations between the clubs and that if they were to target the Chilean they would go about it in the right way.

This comes after a huge contract standoff between Arsenal and Alexis Sanchez that has spanned the majority of the past year.

Rumours have been rife over the potential next destination for Sanchez and Paris Saint Germain is one of the names most mentioned.

Manchester City is also seen as a potential move for Alexis with Pep Guardiola said to be keen over a potential reunion with the player.

Though, with the clear funds that PSG are willing to spend this summer, it may prove difficult for Pep’s side to seal a deal.

As well as the that, should Arsene Wenger let the player leave he would most likely want the player to go abroad rather than to a rival side.

Swap deal of the century

Although Paris Saint Germain would provide Arsenal with funds to find a replacement, Manchester City could offer much more.

It has been reported this week that Manchester City are willing to include one of their best players in a swap deal for the Chilean sensation.

Not only would Arsenal be getting rid of a player that is clearly wanting to leave the club this summer, they would receive a player of similar ability or even more.

Questions are certainly being asked as to whether Manchester City would actually be willing to give this player in a deal but if so it would be the deal of the century.

Find out which player Man City are willing to straight swap for Alexis here.

Man City youngster withdraws from training amid Arsenal and Spurs interest

Jadon Sancho

According to a report from the Independent, Manchester City starlet Jadon Sancho has stopped training with the Etihad outfit, as he attempts to secure a move away from the club.

Highly regarded

The 17-year-old attacking talent can play in a variety of positions, including behind a main striker or on either wing.

He is seen as a key part of Manchester City’s future plans, with the club having reportedly already offered the English youth international a three-year professional deal worth £30,000 per week.

On the move?

However, as per the Independent’s report, Sancho has no intention of signing this deal, with the youngster having already informed the club that he wants to leave.

The talented teen is seeking a club where he will receive first-team opportunities in the near future, a scenario which he sees as highly unlikely with the Sky Blues.

As a result, he has not turned up to training at the City Football Academy for over a week now, as he waits out a move to another Premier League club.

Suitors

All of Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United are said to be interested in the signature of Sancho this summer, with Maurico Pochettino’s side even reported to have made initial contacts with the player.

If a move does materialise before the technically-gifted starlet has signed a professional contract at the Etihad, City will receive a compensation fee of just £4 million.

Pair of Manchester City midfielders on radar of Galatasaray

Leicester City confirm impressive capture of Iheanacho from Manchester City

Pair of Manchester City midfielders on radar of Galatasaray

Turkish giants Galatasaray have set their sights on moves for Manchester City duo Fernando and Samir Nasri, according to reports.

Etihad exit

Fernando, a 30-year-old defensive midfielder, has been with Manchester City since 2014, when he arrived from Portuguese giants Porto.

The South American has since gone on to make 64 Premier League appearances for the Citizens, though the arrival of Pep Guardiola at the Etihad saw Fernando slip down the pecking order last season.

Having started just 5 games in the league over the course of the 2016/17 campaign, the no-nonsense midfielder looks set for a £4.7 million switch to Turkey, with Gala confirming via their official website that talks have begun.

Second departure

French attacking midfielder Nasri, meanwhile, arrived at the Etihad from Premier League rivals Arsenal in 2011.

Despite having enjoyed a positive start to life in Manchester, a combination of injuries and rumoured attitude problems have seen the 30-year-old fall very much out of favour with the Sky Blues.

Nasri is one of a number of players on the chopping block at City this summer, with his positive stint on loan at La Liga outfit Sevilla last season resulting in the Etihad outfit receiving several enquiries regarding his services over recent weeks.

AS Roma were thought to be leading the race for his signature, though Goal Turkey have suggested this evening that Galatasaray are also seriously considering a bid.

Leicester City confirm impressive capture of Iheanacho from Manchester City

Girona become ‘Little Man City’ with four loan signings in a week

Leicester City confirm impressive capture of Iheanacho from Manchester City

Brilliant business

Leicester City have confirmed that they have signed Manchester City star Kelechi Iheanacho in what is seen as a very impressive move.

The Nigerian starlet has long been tipped for very great things at the Etihad but the striking options at Pep Guardiola’s disposal have left his chances limited.

Sergio Aguero remains at the club while last years signing Gabriel Jesus has impressed while on the pitch for City.

That has left Kelechi too far down the pecking order for his liking and chose to leave the club, with Leicester City the most interested club.

Regardless, the players potential remains having been compared to the likes of Marcus Rashford at rivals Manchester United.

A deal reportedly cost the club in the region of £25m in what is certainly seen as an incredible coup for the former Premier League champions.

Though, the most interesting factor in a deal is the inclusion of a buy-back clause for Manchester City.

The Cityzens will have the option to buy Kelechi back for a fee in the region of £50m should they chose to in the next few years.

Safe to say, they don’t want to make the same mistake as Chelsea did with Romelu Lukaku who joined Manchester United in a £100m deal.

Astonishing swap deal

In what could be one of the biggest deals in Premier League history, Arsenal and Manchester City are being linked with an incredible swap deal.

City’s pursuit of Alexis Sanchez has been well documented over the past few months and the player is seemingly very much interested in a move.

Though, latest reports suggest that Manchester City are willing to part with one of their best players in a straight swap deal for Sanchez.

Safe to say, Arsenal fans would probably take this in a heartbeat!

Find out who the player is here. 

Man City seriously considering allowing sensational swap to land Alexis

Aguero

Manchester City are so desperate to land Alexis Sanchez, they’re considering a deal that would rock football – and send Arsenal fans into euphoria.

Pep Guardiola wants to link up with Alexis, and is aware that Barcelona are now considering a move for the player following Neymar’s departure – and know they need to move fast.

Arsenal are obviously not keen on selling to a rival, but the Express claim one thing may change their mind.

Said thing is Sergio Aguero, who Man City have considered swapping for Alexis  – a move that Man City fans may not be too pleased with.

However, considering Pep Guardiola is not keen on Aguero, and has made that very obvious at times, a move may not be out of the question, and would represent a brilliant deal for Arsenal.

 

Alexis

Aguero is one of the best forwards in the Premier League, and would certainly match the fact that Alexis would leave a hole in terms of the goals scored, and it seems that the player himself could even be willing to make the swap.

Aguero wants to play regular football, and a switch to Arsenal would allow that.

In terms of Alexis, the player has made it very clear he’s desperate to leave Arsenal, will not sign a new deal and wants to be playing in the Champions League next season – something Arsenal obviously cannot offer him.

The move could help both sides, with City keen on getting a deal done – and Alexis being pictured back in Arsenal training – yet still set on departing the club.

Barcelona could yet throw a spanner in the works, making a move for the player – and that may allow Arsenal to sell an unhappy player to a club they won’t be facing any time soon.

Chelsea & Man City lose: Alexis Sanchez won’t join Premier League rivals

Alexis Sanchez & Arsenal's third kit

Good news for Arsenal

Will Alexis Sanchez remain at Arsenal for the 2017-18 season?

And, if that happens, can the Chilean be coaxed into signing a new deal with the Gunners to remain at the club for a lot longer?

Sanchez has returned to Arsenal this week following yet another busy summer schedule for the South American.

For the third summer running Alexis was in action in the off-season for Chile.

La Roja competed at the Confederations Cup, where they lost in final to Germany. The previous two summers he was in action at the Copa America.

With one year left to run on his Gunners deal, Alexis has been a constant feature in the transfer gossip columns, however The Times on Wednesday make it crystal clear that Arsenal won’t sell their star to Premier League rivals Chelsea or Man City.

Back to training! ⚽️💪🏽 De vuelta a los entrenamientos …

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What’s the story?

The Times tell their readers that Arsene Wenger has told Alexis that moves to Chelsea or Man City are out of the question. The broadsheet report:

The Chile forward returned to training yesterday after his holiday and a bout of flu to be told by the Arsenal manager that he will not be allowed to join Manchester City or Chelsea despite his refusal to extend a contract that expires next summer.

Wenger, though, has not completely ruled out selling Sánchez to a foreign club if Arsenal receive a significant offer before the transfer window closes at the end of this month.

It’s unclear which European club could sign Alexis.

Bayern Munich seem out of the running, PSG are putting all their eggs in Neymar’s basket, while there has been little to suggest that either Barclona or Real Madrid could make a move.

Could AC Milan step up?

Girona become ‘Little Man City’ with four loan signings in a week

Douglas Luiz signs for Man City

Feeder club

It’s a part of football to loan out young players in order for them to get experience elsewhere. Occasionally, clubs strike up a relationship based on loan signings. It can a big club and a smaller club called their feeder club.

Manchester City, thanks to the City Football Group monopoly, have a selection of feeder teams to choose from and Spanish side Girona have been added to that list. They welcomed four City players this week.

Little Man City

Promoted to La Liga after finishing second in the Segunda division last season, Girona are gearing up for a battle against the odds, few giving them a hope of surviving in their first top flight season.

City have aided their cause by sending them Douglas Luiz, Pablo Maffeo, Aleix Garcia and Marlos Moreno.

Girona will face Man City in the annual Costa Brava Trophy on August 15th.

Man City secure an option in Leicester’s Kelechi Iheanacho deal

Kelechi Iheanacho

Kelechi Iheanacho & Leicester

It’s so far been a relatively quiet summer window at the King Power Stadium, but in the last twenty-four hours it’s started to get a lot busier for Leicester.

The 2015-16 Premier League champions have seen rumours sprout up linking Chelsea with midfielder Danny Drinkwater.

At the same time, Leicester seem to be about to reveal a major summer signing, as they lock down Kelechi Iheanacho from Manchester City.

Heads up and keep fighting #Godisthegreatest #MCFC #cmoncity💙⚽️💙

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What’s the story?

According to the Telegraph, Iheanacho is on his way to Leicester for his medical ahead of a 25 million pound move to the Foxes.

In a key point, however, it’s noted that Man City have secured a buy-back option on the Nigerian attacker, although the details of that option aren’t clear.

The deal isn’t much of a surprise. Leicester and Iheanacho have been on the same page for a number of week, but the 20-year-old has seen the deal held up due to image right issues with his agent.

Iheanacho will expect to be a regular in Craig Shakespeare side next season as he’s set to partner Jamie Vardy in a potent looking attack.

Leicester start their campaign with an away trip to Arsenal on August 11.

Iheanacho scored 4 goals in his 20 Premier League appearances last season, most of which were as a second half substitute.

Alexis Sanchez drops a big hint about his Arsenal future

Alexis Sanchez celebrates v Southampton

Alexis Sanchez & Arsenal

Today is the day Alexis Sanchez is expected back at Arsenal.

It’s been a long and busy summer for the 28-year-old forward, as he competed in the Confederations Cup with Chile before he finally got a few weeks off to recharge his batteries.

Amid non-stop speculation about his future, Alexis is in the final year of his Arsenal contract, while the South American star has given little indication to Gooners that he intends to stick around in north London for the long term.

Indeed, many Arsenal fans reacted cynically last weekend when Sanchez revealed he had the flu on social media.

Apparently even Arsene Wenger had trouble believing his star was actually ill.

Enfermo sick

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Is he staying?

Chilean news outlet La Tercera have reported on Alexis’s return to Arsenal, and they’ve announced that Sanchez isn’t travelling alone.

No, he’s not with his new girlfriend, but rather he’s travelled with his agent Fernando Felicevich.

But what does that mean?

There are two options. One, Alexis is with his agent to negotiate a new deal with Arsenal or two, Sanchez’s agent is due for talks with the Gunners to help his client leave the club.

Were Alexis to leave Arsenal, Man City would seem his likeliest destination.

As for Arsene Wenger, he tried to convince the media that Alexis’s contract situation is currently an “ideal situation”.

Is anyone buying that?

Man City squad is openly talking about the arrival of Alexis Sanchez

Alexis Sanchez celebrates at Wembley

Talking about Alexis

Manchester City’s pursuit of Alexis Sanchez has dominated the news over the last few months. It turns out that it’s also a hot topic among players within the City squad. The Mirror claims players regularly talk about the target.

City already have an array of talented attacking players with Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero two of the clubs biggest stars. Chat naturally revolves around which player would be benched should the Chilean complete his move.

Arsenal are going to do their best to ensure neither player has to compete with Alexis.

Temptation to sell

In the final year of his contract, the Gunners could lose Alexis for nothing at the end of the season. Still, Arsene Wenger is adamant that the club won’t sell their star. City hope they can whittle down their resolve.

Willing to pay £50m, City’s ambition could be aided by Sanchez, who is suffering from flu at the minute.

Kyle Walker reaches out to Spurs fans after Man City’s win, cue the abuse

Kyle Walker & Mauricio POchettino

Man City 3 – Tottenham 0

Spurs slumped to a heavy defeat to Man City on Saturday night in America.

Tottenham, last season’s Premier League runners-up, were beaten 3-0 by the Sky Blues. John Stones opened, Raheem sterling scored the second, and Brahim Diaz bagged a late third.

The match also saw Kyle Walker come up against his former employers for the first time.

Walker, who once famously claimed he was “Tottenham till I die” in reference to a possible move to City, joined the Sky Blues this summer in a deal worth more than £50 million.

Walker reaches out

On Sunday, long after the match finished, Wlaker took to social media to reach out to his former club.

He posted a couple of pictures, one including an embrace with Mauricio Pochettino, plus an action shot of the right-back leaping over Hugo Lloris. He added the message:

It was strange to play against the boys last night but great to see everyone at @spursofficial again!

In predictable internet fashion, Walker’s post was immediately trolled by Spurs fans.

Cue the hate

Walker should probably start getting used to being called a snake and money grabber by Spurs fans.

It’s incredible how quickly supporters can turn on players the minute they leave the club.

Arguably Walker’s move to City was good for all parties.

Nevertheless, the England international faced the following backlash on Twitter.

Man City beat Tottenham 3-0, John Stones & Brahim Diaz on target (Official Highlights)

Man City 3 – Tottenham 0

Spurs lost 3-0 in America on Saturday night as they slumped to defeat against Man City.

The match was dubbed the ‘Kyle Walker derby’ after the right back moved from Tottenham to the Sky Blues a couple of weeks ago.

Walker has become the world’s second most expensive defender after City signed Benjamin Mendy from Monaco.

Official highlights

City took the lead early on through centre-half John Stones. He headed the ball home from a deflected Kevin De Bruyne free-kick.

Spurs fell 2-behind in the 73rd minute when Raheem Sterling scored. He applied a clinical finish after the Tottenham defence had been split wide open.

Brahim Diaz completed the scoring at the death as the youngster finished from close range.

Manchester City and West Ham stars close to Galatasaray

Galatasaray Director of Football Cenk Ergün has today revealed that he is hopeful of deals for both Manchester City midfielder Fernando and West Ham United winger Sofiane Feghouli.

Etihad exit

Fernando, a 30-year-old defensive midfielder, has been with Manchester City since 2014, when he arrived from Portuguese giants Porto.

The South American has since gone on to make 64 Premier League appearances for the Citizens, though the arrival of Pep Guardiola at the Etihad saw Fernando slip down the pecking order last season.

Having started just 5 games in the league over the course of the 2016/17 campaign, the no-nonsense midfielder looks set for a £4.7 million switch to Turkey.

Feghouli farewell

Feghouli, meanwhile, arrived at the Olympic Stadium on a free transfer from Spanish side Valencia last summer, enduring an up-and-down debut campaign in the Premier League.

Despite his inconsistencies, the talent which had seen the Algerian international previously linked with the likes of Arsenal and Roma was evident on numerous occasions, with the winger racking up 4 goals and 3 assists across all competitions.

While Feghouli has insisted that he is happy at West Ham for the time being, the 27-year-old has been consistently linked with an exit over recent weeks, and is reportedly very close to a deal with Galatasaray.

Arrivals

Speaking at his side’s training camp in Austria this afternoon, Gala Director of Football Cenk Ergün revealed that:

‘Feghouli and Fernando are hopefully coming to camp.’

Ergün also confirmed that he has spoken to both Marouane Fellaini of Manchester United, and PSG’s Hatem Ben Arfa regarding possible summer moves to Istanbul.

Pep Guardiola reveals what it will take for him to renew with Manchester City

Talented Manchester City youngster set for Serie A switch

Oleksandr Zinchenko

According to numerous reports in the Italian press this afternoon, Manchester City youngster Oleksandr Zinchenko is close to a move to Serie A outfit Napoli.

Highly regarded

Zinchenko, a versatile 20-year-old midfielder, has impressed in a variety of roles to date in his fledgling career, having flourished on both wings and as a no.10 behind a main striker.

The Ukrainian talent, who has already racked up 10 appearances for his country, arrived at the Etihad from FK Ufa for just 2 million Euro last summer.

Zinchenko spent last season on loan with Eredivisie outfit PSV Eindhoven, where he managed 3 assists in 19 competitive appearances.

On the move

Despite featuring for Manchester City during their recent International Champions Cup rout of Spanish giants Real Madrid, reports this afternoon suggest that Zinchenko is close to a permanent departure from the Premier League, with Serie A giants Napoli his imminent destination.

Partenopei boss Maurizio Sarri is a huge admirer of the talents of Ukraine’s youngest ever international goalscorer, while his utilisation of a 4-3-3 formation will be perfectly suited to the attacking traits of Zinchenko.

Several sources in Italy claim that a deal could be completed over the coming days, with AlfredoPedulla.com even suggesting that the move will be announced this afternoon.

Pep Guardiola reveals what it will take for him to renew with Manchester City

Southampton look at Spurs defender as Van Dijk contingency plan

Virgil Van Dijk

Not over yet

Virgil van Dijk looked nailed on to join Liverpool at the start of the transfer window, with both player and club wanting the move to happen.

But a dodgy approach saw the move break down as Southampton threatened to take action, forcing the Reds to make an embarrassing public apology.

Although they said their interest in the Dutch defender had ended, it seems to have fully disappeared. But now Liverpool aren’t the only ones keen on van Dijk.

Chelsea, and more recently, Manchester City have both been mentioned as potential suitors for the 26-year-old, who could cost more than £50 million.

Replacement lined up

Southampton have shown great determination to keep one of their best players and maintain that the player is not for sale.

But money talks, and just incase they’re unable to resist a mega offer, they’ve looked into potential replacements.

The Saints are eyeing up Spurs’ fringe player Kevin Wimmer as a possible candidate should van Dijk leave Saint Mary’s.

According to the Mail, Spurs could part ways with the Austrian defender for around £20 million.

Here’s the price AS Monaco are willing to auction Kylian Mbappe off at

Kylian Mbappe

Mbappe valuation

Kylian Mbappe is the one star that AS Monaco aren’t particularly keen on selling. However, L’Equipe claim to know the figure at which Monaco could not refuse an offer. That figure is an insane €200 million.

Having already taken in €150 million in transfer fees this summer, Monaco are not short of a few bob. But the Ligue 1 champions want a buying club to make it worth their while if they’re to lose the jewel in their crown.

City move ahead

Real Madrid are the favourites to sign the 18-year-old although reports of an agreement with Monaco were premature. The French club rubbished those, giving fresh hope to Manchester City, who also want the forward.

In fact, L’Equipe claim that City have moved ahead in the race for Mbappe. As Pep Guardiola mentioned at a recent press conference, City can outspend Madrid. That seems like a key detail in a transfer race.

Pep Guardiola reveals what it will take for him to renew with Manchester City

Pep Guardiola

Trophies

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has revealed that he will remain at the club past his current contract if the club get back to winning ways.

The Catalan boss has explained that his future in Manchester is mainly due to how results pan out in the future.

City finished 3rd in the Premier League last season but should have performed better considering their expenditure.

Guardiola’s arrival in Manchester City was well documented and much was made of his arrival.

Though, his future has been in doubt at times, even once admitting that he could have been sacked for some results last season.

Now, he has admitted that he will stay at the club but all hinges on how the results pan out.

“Nobody knows what will happen. For all the managers in the world it depends on the results,” he explained.

Big day for Manchester City

One of the clubs biggest targets are set to return to the club this weekend.

Safe to say, that will certainly be interesting as Arsenal look to quash any rumours of an exit.

Find out who the player is here.