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Turkish pair keen on signing Manchester City outcast

Manchester City outcast Samir Nasri is reportedly attracting interest from a whole host of clubs following Sevilla’s decision to neglect the buy option on his temporary contract.


The former France international fell instantly out-of-favour under Pep Guardiola’s arrival at the Etihad, and this pushed him for a move to the Estadio Ramon where he produced a mixed bag. The 29-year-old back at his parent club for the summer, but it will not be long because he is offloaded to one of his suitors.

Preferably the Citizens would demand a sum of around £20m for the former Arsenal man, but his hefty wages have forced City to lower their asking price to just £11.38m. In recent days, Chinese heavyweights Shanghai Shenhua have express an interest in Nasri, but it is uncertain whether the Frenchman would be open to a Far East move. A fresh report from L’Equipe now suggests that there are three more parties keen on the attacker with Besiktas and Galatasaray both willing to match the Citizens’ valuation. Continue reading

Manchester City identify Alexis Sanchez as their key summer target

Arsenal attacker Alexis Sanchez remains the top priority for Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola ahead of this summer’s transfer window.


The Chile international enjoyed a stupendous season with the north London giants as he single-handedly kept them in a respectable position in the league. The Gunners finished fifth overall in the English top flight, and they have since been in negotiations with Sanchez over a new contract.

The former Barcelona man has just a year left on his previous deal and he is seemingly reluctant to extend his terms further owing to the lack of Champions League football – something which is a rarity under Arsene Wenger. Sanchez suggested last week that his representative Fernando Felicevich would take care of his future as he aims to earn further glory with Chile, who will be facing the world’s best in the Confederations Cup held in Russia this month. Continue reading

IHEANACHO MUST REALIZE TALENT IS NOT ENOUGH

The clock signaled injury time and in that moment Sergio Aguero somehow managed to skip past Bailly, flick the ball across David de Gea’s goalpost for Gabriel Jesus to tap in and wriggle away towards the stands, chased by his team mates until the linesman cut short their joy.


As it turned out, the Brazilian youngster was offside by a fraction thus was denied the fairytale of the 20-year old who came back from a supposed season-ending injury to score a 90th minute winner against archrivals Manchester United; at least not yet.

Not to worry though, he only waited three more days to get a slice of such ecstasy courtesy of his 85th minute equalizer against Middlesborough to keep The Citizens’ hope for a top four finish alive.

Gabriel Jesus’ arrival at the Etihad has proven to be worth every sweat and penny expended to make such signing possible. His stay so far has churned out a sellable success story and sadly at the same time illuminated the not so a success story of the another youngster kelechi Iheanacho whose shortcomings single handedly triggered the no. 33’s purchase from Brazilian outfit, Palmeiras. Continue reading

Pep Guardiola Expecting Tough Match from West Brom

Manchester City will be looking to finish in the top three places of the Premier league in order to qualify for the Champions League without any unwanted qualification games.


Reaching the group stages directly will help the club plan for next season. After having managed only three wins in the last five league matches, City are on 72 points. They trail Liverpool by just one point, but the Manchester outfit have the opportunity to leapfrog the Merseyside club by managing to win the game in hand against West Brom. This match will take place in the midweek followed by the final match of the season against Watford.

The game against West Brom will be the final home match of the season, but Pep Guardiola says that he is extremely wary of the opponents. Despite having nothing to play for, West Brom showed a lot of fighting spirit in the recent game against Chelsea. The blues had to work for their 1-0 win, which ultimately landed them the Premier League title. Continue reading

I’ve Learnt the Most from This Trophyless Campaign, says Guardiola

Pep Guardiola says that he has improved as a manager since joining Manchester City, but fans have been left dissatisfied with the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager’s first season at the club.


After arriving with a lot of fanfare in the summer, City are looking set to finish the season without any major trophies. The club have come close to titles on a few occasions, but they have been found wanting over the course of the campaign. After the 2-1 extra time defeat against Arsenal during the weekend, the only hope of silverware in the form of an FA Cup title disappeared.

The big objective for City will now be to finish in the top four with Manchester United hunting them down in the Premier League table with alarming consistency. United are unbeaten in the league since October, and they have been able to reduce the deficit upon City to just one point. City take on United in a crucial Manchester derby on Thursday night. Continue reading

JESUS BACK IN MAN CITY CAMP

Brazilian sensation Gabriel Jesus is back in the Manchester City camp as he recovers from his foot injury.


The player only joined in January, making an impressive start before he broke a bone in his foot on February 14 when City played Premier League rivals Bournemouth.

The player clocked 20 on Monday, and he returned to trsaining that same day despite fears that he might sit the rest of his debut season out. Jesus scored three goals in four games after he finally resumed following his £27million transfer from Palmeiras. He provided succor as Sergio Aguero was not at his best. He seemed to be the game changer for City this term before the fractured metatarsal incident. Continue reading

Pep Guardiola Praises ‘Unstoppable’ Chelsea in Latest Mind Game

Pep Guardiola has tried to contribute his share of the mind games by claiming that Chelsea have been unstoppable this season.


A number of Premier League managers have tried to unsettle Chelsea, who have been the best team in the Premier league by a significant margin. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp suggested prior to the end of 2016 that Chelsea would be struggling in the league if not for the presence of Diego Costa. Back then, the Spaniard was scoring most of the goals and was leading the goal scoring charts. However, his form has deteriorated significantly ever since rumours about a move to China came about.

However, it has not been a problem for Chelsea who have just kept on winning. Even though the incredible 13 game winning run might have ended with the loss against Tottenham, the blues have been able to extend their lead at the top of the table courtesy of their main title rivals dropping points along the way. Chelsea’s recent form has not been spectacular with the team only managing three wins in the last five games. Continue reading

JESUS DELIGHTED BY MAN CITY START

Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus said on Wednesday that he had been “surprised” by his extraordinary start to life in the Premier League.


The Brazilian forward who has scored three goals in four games since completing his 27 million move from Brazilian side Palmeiras, has admitted that he is delighted with his strong start for the club, but is ‘very surprised’ at how fast it has happened.

The 19-year old rising star arrived in England last month after City agreed a deal with Brazilian side Palmeiras in pre-season.

While some overseas players take time to adjust to the physicality and pace of the Premier League, Jesus has settled in immediately with three goals in four appearances, including a double in Sunday’s 2-1 win at home to Swansea.

Such has been his impact, he has kept Argentina ace Sergio Aguero out of the side for the last two matches and Kelechi Iheanacho out of the squad altogether, which has in turn led to speculation about the future of both strikers at Manchester. Continue reading

MAN CITY DRAGS BEHIND AFTER LOSS TO EVERTON

According to Man City manager, Pep Guardiola, the club is out of the league race as they are far behind Chelsea with ten points, following a loss to Everton at Goodison Park.


The loss happened to be the heaviest league loss in Guardiola’s career as a manager.

Concerning his thoughts about the gap between his team and Chelsea, Guardiola admitted that the gap is a great one, affirming that ten is a lot of points. Although, he has encouraged his team players to remain focused and stay together in unity during bad moments and ignore what the table might have to tell until the end of the season.

Guardiola said: “At the end of the season, we are going to evaluate our level and how our performance was, how the coach was, how the players were. After that we are going to decide. We created chances, but we didn’t score and when they had chances, they punished us.” Continue reading

Guardiola Confirms Vincent Kompany Remains Part of Plans

Pep Guardiola has confirmed that defender Vincent Kompany still remains in his plans despite the numerous injury problems faced by the Belgian international.


The last time the 30-year-old made more than 40 appearances in a single campaign across all competitions was back in the 2011-12 campaign. Since then, he has been plagued by a one injury after the other and it has especially become worse in the last couple of seasons. He made only 22 appearances last season and most were as a substitute, while the season he has suffered featured in only five games.

Kompany was expected to be an integral part of the Guardiola regime considering that he is one of the top ball-playing centre backs around. However, his injury concern is a major problem for the club considering that they have been struggling on a defensive front with the leadership skills of the Belgian.

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