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2 reasons why Dani Alves to Man City is a waste of time all round

The Guardian has revealed how Dani Alves is out of contract at PSG and Man City have shown an interest.

Despite the fact he’s now 36, it looks like he still wants one more shot at big-time football. The right-back had achieved a lot under Pep Guardiola when they were together at Barcelona.

Even though Alves will be eager to have a season in the Premier League, however, there may be a few issues to why a move to Man City may not happen.

Putting the rumours aside that Tottenham has reportedly held talks with the defender. The Football Manc Cave have picked out two things that will stop the Brazilian from reuniting with Pep Guardiola…

No Room

He’s a right back and Man City already have a reserve in Danilo to fill in that position if needed, so there’s no potential room for Alves. If the 36-year-old does want to move to the Premier League, he will not want to spend his time warming the Man City bench.

Reaching the twilight years of his career, he will want to make the most of the time he has left. This is why he may benefit from weighing up his options and browsing other clubs in the top flight of English football.

Rejected

In 2017, Alves turned down Manchester City’s advances to sign him.

So what’s changed now? Apart from the fact he’s out of contract and could potentially be looking at clubs in the Premier League, I don’t see why he would go back on the decision now. Especially when he’s not guaranteed playing time. This news is only fresh this week so I’m guessing we’ll be hearing more in the coming days regarding the Brazilian’s future.

How Man City’s starting 11 could look against West Ham Utd

Pep Guardiola has been on a mini spending spree this summer with Man City bringing in a couple of new faces.

The back to back Premier League Champions have added a sprinkle of freshness in this summer transfer window. Which will be much needed as they aim to go for three titles in a row.

It all kicks off on August 10th against West Ham United. The Football Manc Cave takes a stab at the starting line up come 12:30…

Defence

Ederson is the obvious choice of ‘keeper but then it gets tricky. With Vincent Kompany’s departure at the end of last season, Man City have been on the lookout for a replacement so choosing the back four was a little difficult. However, I’ve gone with Kyle Walker, John Stones, Laporte and new signing, Angelino. Who has only just signed to the Manchester side again after spending some of his youth at the club.

Midfielders

Guardiola has a list of players to choose from when it comes to his midfield. Following his recent record-breaking signing, Rodri, it didn’t make the choices any easier. So Bernando Silva, Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva all should be able to help Rodri fit right into that midfield line up.

Forwards

I have then gone with Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling because, why wouldn’t you? That was probably the easiest part of the pick.

David Silva has stated how this may be his last season with the Manchester side so he has to be a big part of this squad. Not only will fans want to see him have an amazing climax with the club, but I’m also sure people are hoping that Rodri could learn a lot from him enough to fill his shoes.

I’ve generated this team with real-time signings. However, this transfer window has been no stranger to twists and turns as Pep’s team have been looking at players such as Joao Cancelo and Harry Maguire too. If any more signings do happen for the Manchester City, I’m sure this starting eleven will shift again although, for the time being, there are players like Delph and Zinchenko who can be back up plans.

Nottingham Forest capture 20y/o GK, 3 things he brings from Man City

Nottingham Forest has signed Aro Muric from Manchester City on loan. The Football Manc Cave is looking at what he could bring to their squad.

The Man City keeper is only 20 years old and has been training with the Manchester side since 2015. He couldn’t break into the first team squad and at his age and experience, it was no surprise so he was sent to NAC Breda on loan. Now that the loan is over, he’s looking for a chance to gain some more experience from Nottingham Forest.

It’s a big accomplishment for Forest, as he has received interest from a number of clubs abroad and in the UK.

Here are a 3 things Muric will bring to the Championship side…

Age

With him only being 20, he’s still got plenty of time to grow and develop. He’s not had a proper chance at showing what he is capable of although, clubs have still shown their interest. On his only appearance at NAC Breda, he kept a clean sheet in a 3-0 home win. So I can only imagine he will maintain the same standard and mature as a player as he gets the chance to play.

Training

Think about his development as a young player. He’s been a part of various Swiss youth teams training programs and worked with Manchester City’s coaches. He must have been put through his paces with these clubs as there’s a high standard there. The ‘keeper has trained with the likes of Claudio Bravo and Ederson. He must have learnt a lot from them that he can bring to another team.

Determination

A move to Nottingham Forest will see him compete with Costel Pantimillon for the number one spot. However, with the 20-year-old wanting to prove that he’s ready for a team to take a chance on starting him, he should have the determination and motivation to give it his all so even though he will be trying to prove himself. Forest should get good games out of him and hopefully clean sheets.

Man City face competition from Barcelona for Juventus full back

There has been huge speculation this transfer window about Juventus player, Joao Cancelo and his future at possibly Man City.

Man City is one of the top names that have been listed as interested in the full back. Now they’ve got more competition as Barcelona have entered the race in trying to sign the 25-year-old.

Pep Guardiola’s side has been looking to strengthen their defensive back line all summer now that captain, Kompany has left the club. I think it’s safe to say that after the blues managed to sign Rodri and Angelino, getting Cancelo would have ended City’s transfer business for the summer.

Rumour has it that Barcelona defender, Nelson Semedo could be leaving the club. Which would put the Spanish side in the same boat as Man City in terms of needing to complete the signing of a replacement. The opening bid for Cancelo is yet to be placed, and there’s a list of teams including Bayern Munich who are interested.

In my opinion, it’s clear that the other options Guardiola has like Walker and Danilo aren’t consistent enough for the Man City manager. That’s why he’s trying to make sure he’s got strong enough reinforcements. I think Cancelo is being clever about his own future here, by giving as many teams as possible the chance to monitor him. He can then weigh up his own options in terms of where he wants to go.

If he does choose Man City, I hope he’s consistent and reliable enough and can live up to the Manchester side and fans expectations. Hopefully with the right preseason training, if he does sign, he’ll make the difference that Pep is clearly looking for.

3 Key Dates For Man City Next Season

Before the new season starts, I’ve picked out 3 key dates to look out for as Manchester City start a new Premier League campaign.

Pep Guardiola’s side will have another title race on their hands. Fans will be expecting the same if not more trophies next season, but with the departure of Vincent Kompany and more transfer gossip to come. They will have another hard season ahead of they want to win the league again.

Here’s 3 dates that I think will be crucial for the Manchester side…

Liverpool

Man City will travel to Liverpool on the 9th of November. With Liverpool being their biggest rivals to win the league last season, it should be one of the best matches that the Premier League will see. Both meetings will be big games if they are both competitors for the top position. However, playing them away will be the bigger game as they should feel the pressure more. If their points are as close as they were last season, then it could be a match that sees the top of the league shift around.

Tottenham

Man City will be travelling to Spurs on the 1st of February. Another side that was up there as a top team last season, so an away trip may prove difficult to Pep’s team. Not only will the football be great, but it will also be a great day for fans and the players to experience Tottenham’s new stadium again.

Norwich City

This may seem like an obvious pick, but City will host Norwich on the last game of the season, this will be played on the 17th of May. If the Blues manage to win the league again, they will get to celebrate at home. If it is as tight as last season, fighting with other teams like Liverpool on the last day of the season, may see them having to win this game and score quite a few goals. It will also be a huge celebration if they can win the title because David Silva will be playing his last match at the Etihad.

Man City’s Spanish invasion is the hot topic

Man City have resigned a familiar face. Although a different piece of City transfer gossip is taking the spotlight here at the Football Manc Cave.

The news broke this morning that Angelino has become Pep Guardiola’s first addition to his side. The Spanish 22-year-old has spent a year at PSV Eindhoven where he played in every game for the side. His form attracted clubs like Arsenal. However, Man City beat them to it and have signed him on a four-year deal.

Angelino has reportedly been keeping up to date with Man City while playing in Holland. He spoke about, how it’s been a ‘pleasure’ to watch the football coming out of Guardiola’s team. The left-back will be able to contribute to the blue’s defensive line next season. With Kompany departing over the summer. The Manchester side needs to make sure their options for their back four is strong.

Personally, I’m happy that Man City has signed a player back to them that spent years in their youth teams. It’s always good to see a club develop a player, send them out to gain experience and then end up wanting them back as a result of their hard work. Now that he has grown as a player, he will surely gain interest from his international side too. Angelino has already played at youth levels for Spain. So now he may gain his senior level call up as a result of being back at the Premier League side.

A hot topic for Man City fans

As part of the deal in seeing the Spanish defender come back to the Etihad. Man City has had to activate a £5.3 million buy-back clause. However, this signing is not the hot topic for fans of the Manchester club.

This comes after the news of Man City paying Atletico Madrid the £63 million release clause for Rodri. The signing will be a club record signing. Confirmation of Rodri becoming a blue had been revealed this morning and many comments stating, that while they welcomed the Spanish defender. They were really just hanging on for the Spanish midfielder. 

Hidden Gem: Man United target 16 y/o Ajax forward

Ajax ‘wonder-kid,’ Hossein Zamani could be leaving Holland and coming for the Premier League.

The future of the 16-year-old is currently a hot topic as website, Transfermarkt has changed his current club to ‘unknown.’ It also states that he is available on a free transfer. This has put clubs such as Man City, Man United, AC Milan, Leicester City and even Everton on red alert as he could become a potential signing for an English club.

The striker is rated as one of the most ‘promising young players in Europe,’ but there’s not a lot about him online. This may be due to his age and the fact he’s not had a senior moment, although teams seem to be interested in his skill and style of play. Here’s what we do know.

With help from Leicestershire Live, we can tell you that the youngster has come through Ajax’s youth ranks. He is a right footed-left winger who can also operate the right wing too. As well as his ability to cross and his skill, he can also shoot from range with a keen eye for goal. Zamani is yet to appear for Ajax’s first team, but he has made 43 appearances in the Eredivisie Under 17’s league and has one cap for the Netherlands under 15 teams.

If the news of him leaving his current club is true, then Premier League clubs will have a battle on their hands to sign the 16-year-old before the summer is over. When you read the gossip on this transfer possibility, there’s a quote flying around that Zamani wants a ‘new challenge.’ If that is true, it will now be a matter of which club for him.

His age will be a big factor of interest because he can be developed with clubs youth squads, loaned out and brought back whenever they want. Man United have had a bit of a challenge on their hands with nearly every player they’ve shown interest in this transfer window, and I feel like City will put in a bid because Pep Guardiola always has an eye for young talent. So we could see another battle of the Manchester rivals.

Man City Women Must Tick Off These 2 Things Before The Season Starts – Agree?

Nick Cushing’s may be out for his squad to win the Super League this season but what can he and his team do to ensure that?

After City finished 2nd in the Women’s Super League last season, I think they’ll be hugely pushing for a first-place finish this campaign. With Man United now in the same league and women’s football interest growing, what will Man City women need to do in order to have a successful season?

World Cup

A lot of the City team are out in France right now for the World Cup. They have done well not to pick up many injuries while they’re out there so far although they will come back fatigued.

Another factor that will have to be considered is the result of the current competition. The heartbreak of the semi-final defeat will hit a lot of the player’s hard. However, the experience in defeat can only aid the individuals and the team for the better. They may come back a little deflated but they absolutely cannot let it get in the way of the players that work so brilliantly together. Houghton, White, Scott and Bardsley are just a few names that will be deemed legends off the back of the World Cup, no matter what happens.

Etihad

I have been saying this since the WSL opening fixtures and I strongly stick by this. With the record-breaking viewers that England has drawn in over the World Cup, the leagues have now surely got to draw in more people.

With this in mind, I think City will benefit from getting their opening game against Man United played at the Etihad, to draw in a huge audience and just to show how they can drive the sport forward. Then Man United should push for the same to happen at Old Trafford. I think it’s a great influence on the rest of the season and the sport moving forward.

‘Sooner rather than later’ What does Guardiola have to achieve at Man City before returning back to Barcelona

Guardiola has put City on alert after revealing he may return to Barcelona.

There have been quite a few rumours in the football world about Pep and his possible moves. From how stressed he is, to the fact that he’s stayed at City longer than any club. Now the blues fans do have something to worry about.

He spoke at the presentation of the Cruyff Court near Barcelona this week and said, “I’m trying to be a good coach, that hasn’t gone too badly in this decade. I will return to Barcelona to live sooner or later.”

The manager does still have two years remaining on his current contract and after leading the Manchester side to a historic domestic treble last season, it’s no surprise that fans of the club have been unsettled by any rumours of their current leader leaving. He did begin his career at Barcelona’s B team before he was promoted to their senior team.

As he enters his fourth year with City, what should he try to achieve in Manchester first?

Champions League

Most have heard by now, UEFA has threatened to boot City out of the Champions League for ‘Financial Fair Play Breaches.’ Although they have already launched an appeal to the court of sport in a bid to have any suspension overturned, this will hit City harder than they think of they do get banned. For example, players sign for teams that are in the European competition because it’s a big appeal, it will drive players away and possibly Pep himself. So, with this in mind, Pep should prepare his men mentally for both outcomes. If they can play in the competition, they should aim to win it before their manager departs, if they can’t, he should prepare them for another title win.

Replacements

Before Guardiola does depart, he should help the club find good investments in either youth or new players that can replace legends, David Silva and Vincent Kompany. The ex-captain has left to manage Anderlecht and Silva has confirmed he will be leaving the club at the end of the season. I have no doubt that the 48-year-old will be able to find suitable replacements.

Revolving door: Man City’s 2 in, 2 out before the window shuts

After winning so much last season, who can Pep Guardiola sign and get rid of before the end of the summer transfer window?

It was a brilliant campaign throughout all competitions for City but it has come at a slight cost as City’s leader, Vincent Kompany has left the club and now gone on to manage Anderlecht. As well as Kompany leaving, the blues legend, David Silva has also confirmed to be leaving at the end of the 2019/20 campaign.

With this in mind, which two players would benefit from leaving the club over the summer, and which two would benefit from signing a contract with the club?

IN:

Harry Maguire:

He’s been a hot topic over the transfer window as he has gained interest from a few clubs. It can be said that his recent England performances have taken a slight downfall, however, City may still be interested in having him join the club.

They need a replacement for Kompany and the 26-year-old centre back could be the right man. It would also be a good fit for him as he has stated in the past that he wants to compete in Champions League football. Which is why the defender was put off by Manchester United’s advances.

Joao Cancelo

Pep Guardiola wants to freshen his squad so why not being in the Portuguese star? City has already named him as an option previously. However, I think they should take it more seriously as the 25-year-old has had a good run for Juventus and for his national team. The Manchester team can only develop him even further and give him a chance in the highest English league.

OUT:

Fabian Delph

The 29 year old is a good player but since 2015 when he signed for City, he’s only had 57 appearances and it could be a good time for him to try his luck elsewhere. Man City have already said that they would be open to offers for him. I think he may be more useful at another club if he goes somewhere that has regular starts for him.

Phil Foden

Don’t judge so quick. I think he is a brilliant footballer, especially as he is only 19. I don’t think he should leave City permanently. I was thinking more along the lines of a loan.

Maybe Pep can loan him out to a club either here or abroad for the start of the 2019 season, monitor how he does and then bring him back and he can permanently replace David Silva. The midfielder has only had 18 appearances since 2017 for City’s first team although he has had a lot of England youth games.

He’s a product of Manchester City’s youth and this is why I don’t think he should leave. For his age, he is at one of the best clubs around, I just think he might benefit from some experience somewhere else before having big responsibilities in the first team.

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