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Guardian - Thu Sep 7 1:00 PM
Pep Guardiola has spent £158m on his rearguard but not bought a centre-back and a shortage in that position could be exposed by Liverpool, which would augur badly for the season Despite a £226m summer transfer splurge, Manchester City are still vulnerable in central defence as Pep Guardiola’s tea...
Guardian - Thu Sep 7 10:50 AM
The transfer window has shut, the first international break is over and the real business is about to begin. Can any of Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham or Manchester United be content with the state of their squads? August never seems an entirely satisfactory month. The closing of...
Guardian - Wed Sep 6 10:40 AM
It’s time for Gareth Southgate to drop Joe Hart, Aaron Hughes embodies Northern Ireland’s ambition and Ben Woodburn has once again proved himself for Wales Before the games against Malta and Slovakia Gareth Southgate suggested no other goalkeeper had “staked a strong enough claim” to take over fr...
Guardian - Wed Sep 6 8:58 AM
Today’s tittle-tattle is surveying the wreckage It’s been almost a week since the transfer window closed, and all over the country players are sheepishly returning to training. Virgil van Dijk is running extra hard at Southampton, and Diego Costa is jetting back to London , if only because Atléti...
Guardian - Tue Sep 5 10:30 PM
• Manchester City were prepared to pay £18m for West Brom’s Evans • Evans says countries will fear Northern Ireland in a World Cup play-off Jonny Evans is claiming he was never distracted by Manchester City’s interest during the transfer window but was inspired to become a better player by the cl...
Guardian - Tue Sep 5 9:23 AM
Today’s whispers got a late call-up In a world where Jesse Lingard can collect six figures every week from the vault underneath the Old Trafford pitch – in return for 84 minutes of bench-based Snapchat stories and six minutes of dogged, diligent wingplay – one has got to take their hat off to Dan...
Guardian - Mon Sep 4 11:22 AM
• Javier Tebas has written to governing body requesting investigation • Uefa already investigating PSG over alleged FFP breach The Spanish soccer league wants Uefa to investigate Manchester City’s spending and expand its newly-launched probe into whether Paris Saint-Germain has breached Financial...
Guardian - Sun Sep 3 7:39 PM
Gareth Southgate celebrated his 47th birthday on Sunday and was asked whether he’d received a cake from his England players. His response was to joke about Yaya Touré, referring to comments the player’s advisor, Dmitry Seluk, made back in 2014 about Manchester City not getting him a cake on his o...
Guardian - Sun Sep 3 10:00 AM
In an exclusive extract from his new book, Darius Vassell recalls his incredible season with Turkish side Ankaragucu, which involved a remarkable welcome, several broken promises and a truly bizarre pre-match ritual I didn’t want to become a journeyman footballer. Aston Villa was the only club I’...
Guardian - Sat Sep 2 8:00 PM
Pep Guardiola’s treatment of the still prolific striker, who is closing in on the Manchester City scoring record, has been mystifying It isn’t easy sometimes understanding why Pep Guardiola gives the impression that he is never fully satisfied with Sergio Agüero, and it is even more perplexing wh...
Guardian - Fri Sep 1 12:59 AM
A record amount of money was spent in the window following the latest Premier League TV contract, but some of the most publicised deals didn’t materialise The summer-long Alexis Sánchez saga twisted at the very last, with Arsenal relaxing their absolute not-for-sale stance. Manchester City made t...