Good Friday’s football stories link City with Real Madrid man..... Don’t miss the latest football transfer news and gossip from leagues in England, Scotland and Europe with footballwire.co.ukDaily Mirror: Manchester City believe they can sign Real Madrid midfielder Isco for £75m.The Sun: Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur have also shown interest in the Spaniard.AS: Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata is being lined up by Bayern Munich should Robert Lewandowski force through a move to Real Madrid.Daily Telegraph: Arsenal have made central defence and midfield their priority amid uncertainty over Jack Wilshere’s future.The Sun: Hatem Ben Arfa will leave Paris St Germain at the end of the season and has been linked with Leicester City.Daily Mirror: West Ham United are confident of signing Russia captain, striker Fyodor Smolov, from Krasnodar.The Sun: Liverpool will step up contract talks with Under-17 World Cup winner Rhian Brewster, whose deal runs out in the summer. … [Read more...] about Gossip: Manchester City’s Spanish acquisition?
Manchester City could be crowned Premier League champions on April 7 with six games to go, which could be good news for Huddersfield Town. Should City win the title next weekend it wouldn't be too surprising to see Pep Guardiola switch his focus to the Champions League and rest key players for what will essentially become meaningless games for his side. Motivation for the remaining matches could also be a little low amongst the squad, so might they suddenly become one of the easier teams in the league to beat? To find out, the Trinity Mirror's Data Unit have had a look at all the games played by the last 20 title winning sides after they’d secured the title. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will start in 8Cancel Play now Overall, those teams won 47% of their remaining games, drew 24% and lost 29%. While that’s hardly title-winning form it does suggest that they don’t automatically become pushovers. Take … [Read more...] about Are Manchester City about to become the easiest team to beat in English football?
Manchester City are confident they can land Real Madrid star Isco at the second attempt in a deal worth up to £75million. Pep Guardiola is known to have made Isco one of his chief transfer targets this summer, with Premier League champions-elect City working hard to pull off the deal. Isco, who scored a hat-trick in Spain's 6-1 win over Argentina on Tuesday, has become disillusioned with life at Real under Zinedine Zidane and is ready for a new challenge. Former City boss Manuel Pellegrini tried to bring Isco with him from Malaga when he took over at the Etihad Stadium in 2013, but the 25-year-old opted to join Real for £23m. Although Isco has won three Champions League crowns and one La Liga title at Real, he does not feel trusted by Zidane and has failed to secure a regular starting spot. After plundering his hat-trick in midweek, Isco opened up on his disenchantment at Real, with sources in Spain having since indicated a move to City is already well down the line. … [Read more...] about Manchester City growing confident of landing £75million Real Madrid star
MANCHESTER City have averaged nearly 10,000 empty seats for Premier League games at the Etihad Stadium this season - despite official attendances claiming it's virtually full. Sun Online can reveal how Premier League crowds are often a far cry from those published by clubs boasting supposedly bumper attendances. City's ground has been mocked as the 'Emptyhad' by rival fans - but official figures suggest the 55,097-capacity stadium has enjoyed crowds of almost 54,000 this season. However, crowd safety figures collected by police and obtained by Sun Online show the average attendance has actually been closer to 46,000. November's 2-1 home win against Southampton saw an official attendance of 53,407 when in reality only 38,130 fans attended the game. Home games against Burnley, Tottenham, Bournemouth and Watford also drew gates of less than 46,000 despite the official crowds being announced as around 54,000. As of January 18 - when Sun Online lodged a freedom of information request to … [Read more...] about Manchester City average nearly 10,000 empty seats for Premier League games at Etihad Stadium – despite official attendances claiming it’s virtually full
This is now a defining time of the season. We've had a couple of weeks without a game and now within a seven-day period it will be bang, bang, bang. Make no secret about it, if we were to progress to the semi-finals of the Champions League it keeps the season going and that focus on a trophy. If I was the manager I think I would take one game at a time. I wouldn't pre-plan anything and just see how we go. You go as strong as you possibly can at Crystal Palace and take it from there. If we do well and come through what will be a difficult challenge with flying colours then I'd just carry on with that same team. With a lot of the players having come back from internationals, you want them to get back into playing club football. I think it's important that they have a game that is slightly different than the internationals. I'm not too sure as where the modern day history between Liverpool and Crystal Palace has come from and whether it was that 3-3 game when we nearly won the league. Of … [Read more...] about Liverpool can’t think of Manchester City, they must go full strength at Palace