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Man City to go to battle with Barcelona over Anderlecht star

Anderlecht’s 19 year old, Albert Sambi Lokonga is generating a lot of interest. Could a move to the Premier League be on the cards? Man City is one of the latest teams to be monitoring the teenager.

According to Marca, clubs like Man City and Barcelona are currently looking at the Belgian midfielder.

His contract at Anderlecht runs out in June. This should allow him a chance to think about his future and where he wants to go.

Lokonga has said that his ideal plan would be to stay with Anderlecht for another two years. However, he knows that might not be likely when European clubs start to put their tempting offers in.

Anderlecht

Even though Anderlecht haven’t had the best start to the season, Lokonga has stood out.

Vincent Kompany was the player-manager at the club earlier this season. He departed the Etihad to take the job. If Lokonga wants any advice, he can always ask the ex-Man City Captain.

Positioning

The 19-year-old is a comfortable defensive and central midfielder. If he was to make a move to the Etihad, he could offer help and relief for a few players.

Fernandinho has proven he’s a capable defender rather than a midfielder. Players like Gundogan could do with an understudy. David Silva will be leaving at the end of the season. Phil Foden could be breaking into the first team to cover Silva’s departure.

All of these reasons would give the teenager a chance. He could offer Foden some relief from playing 90 minutes next season. The other midfielders could also benefit from having a younger player on the bench as an option.

However, wherever he moves to will have to offer him something promising in order to convince him to move.

Man City keeping tabs on the highly-rated 19y/o Bundesliga striker

The Sun has reported that Man City have joined the race for another player. Apparently, the Premier League Champions are interested in Salzburg star, Erling Haaland.

The Norwegian youngster has caught the eye of some top clubs. This comes after he scored a staggering 18 goals in 11 games so far this season.

He’s earned himself some rave reviews after his efforts in the Under 20’s World Cup. The 19-year-old scored a world record 9 goals in one game.

Some Man City fans will be interested to know that he is the son of Alf Inge. So if the teenager was to move to the Etihad, he would be following in his dad’s footsteps.

Scouts

Man City scouts have been sent out to watch the youngster. They attended the Liverpool Champions League clash with Red Bull Salzburg.

Haaland scored in the game, however, his team lost 4-3 in the end. That hasn’t put anyone off the teenager though.

In fact, scouts say they are confident they could strike a deal with his current club. They were impressed by his style of play at his age.

Competition

However, if Man City want this man, they’ll have to work hard and look at the money side of things closely.

Haaland has been continuously linked with a move away from the Austrian side. Teams like Man United, Real Madrid and Barcelona have shown interest.

Fortunately for the blues, Haaland branded the Red Devil’s as ‘boring.’ That wouldn’t stop him from looking elsewhere.

Willing to wait

If Salzburg were to sell the teenager, they would be looking at around 50 million for him. Although, it looks like they might not sell him in January.

This is important as Pep Guardiola has stated that he is willing to wait for the talented player.

Man City will soon be looking for a Sergio Aguero replacement. Even if the striker doesn’t leave the Etihad soon, they will need someone to work to his level. Haaland could be that man, but not until next year.

Pep looking to use La Liga contacts to solve Man City’s defensive problems with this duo

Man City’s website offers a transfer news update every week. In the most recent update, it looks like Pep Guardiola could be looking at La Liga players to solve his defensive issues.

Pep Guardiola has previously stated that Man City wouldn’t be active in the next transfer window.

However, according to reports from Spain, the Premier League champions look to have changed their mind.

Bids for Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti and Real Madrid’s Nacho could happen. This is in an urgent appeal to improve the defence at the Etihad.

It would also offer some relief for the injuries Guardiola is having to deal with. Neither player is a first-choice option at their current clubs.

Also, each of the La Liga teams is allegedly keen to raise funds at the beginning of 2020.

Nacho

The Spanish 29-year-old is known as a centre back. His current contract expires in 2020 therefore, he could be looking for a change.

He can also operate as a right-back and left-back which would solve some problems at the Etihad. If any more injuries cropped up, he would be able to fill the void.

Samuel Umtiti

The 25-year-old Frenchman has a current contract until 2023. However, no game time could mean he would be tempted by a move to the Etihad.

The centre back is another versatile player as he is also comfortable as a left-back. At the age of 25, he definitely should be a club who can offer him playing time.

2 in-form players for Man City that need to play Crystal Palace this weekend

Man City fans will be hoping that Pep Guardiola has used this international break wisely. The Blues face Crystal Palace this weekend and will be hoping to take all three points.

After recent unexpected losses to teams like Wolves and Norwich, Man City need to get back to winning ways.

A lot of the Man City squad have been on international duties in the past week. This weekend will see them return.

While some may be tired, the majority will be hungry to get back to the Premier League.

Here are two in-form Man City players who deserve a chance…

Phil Foden

It’s now been said time and time again that the youngster deserves more game time.

He has been out playing for England’s youth squad and has been impressing fans even more.

If he is going to be taking over David Silva next season, he needs the experience now. I’m not saying he has to play a full 90 minutes this weekend. However, easing him into Premier League action is the best preparation.

Raheem Sterling

The England star has been sublime for Man City and for England. Recent events in an international game saw him and teammates become subject to racial abuse yet again.

He was the real winner though as his name was on the England score sheet. The Man City favourite helped the three lions win big time.

This is why he should definitely be in the squad this weekend. Some games this season, Pep Guardiola has decided to rest him or sub him mid-game. Personally, I think he’s determination and drive has earned him the start.

2 Man City women fringe players that should be given a chance this weekend

Man City women are doing great in every competition. However, The Football Manc Cave are looking at two of their players who Nick Cushing could take a chance on this weekend.

In recent weeks, Man City women have been battling it out with Everton to go top of the Women’s Super League. A few weeks in and the tables have turned. Now it’s Arsenal who are back at the top.

Nick Cushing’s side is joined on points, however, goal difference separates the two teams. This weekend, Man City face Birmingham City Ladies. While they’ll be looking for all three points, they also have the Champions League to keep in mind.

With this being said, the Manchester side could take this as an opportunity to use some of their players who don’t usually start.

Here’s two that I’ve picked out…

Lauren Hemp

The 19-year-old striker is someone who is making a name for herself. She has had appearances for Man City before. However, she is regularly used as a substitute. This could be a chance to start her.

The teenager managed to impress this week when she debuted for England’s Lionesses against Portugal. It looks like she is out to impress Nick Cushing.

Tyler Toland

The 18-year-old midfielder is a relatively new Man City signing. She only signed a contract in August and has made it to the bench for most games. It would be nice to see her start a game.

She might get a chance this weekend as Jill Scott is currently injured. If she doesn’t recover in time for the weekend clash, Toland could potentially get a game.

It will be interesting to see which team Cushing’s puts out. A few have had international duties this week and some are hoping for more game time. However, the winning streak is something to build on and the Man City boss will want all three points.

Man City & Man Utd to go head-to-head again in January transfer battle

There could be some hope for the defensive issues at the Etihad. Man City look to be joining the race for Ruben Dias according to The Mirror.

Vincent Kompany departed the Manchester side at the end of last season and there seems to have been a hole left ever since. Now with injuries also contributing to the problems at the back, Guardiola needs to recruit.

Pep is very good at preparing his players to be versatile. Most of his squad can alternate in positions but one player who has had to do that recently is Fernandinho.

He’s gone from midfield to defence and while he is trying his best, its a new signing that is needed. Now the Man City bosses are supposedly going after the Benfica defender.

Race

Man City aren’t the only team ready to sign the 22-year-old. There have been links with Atletico Madrid, Juventus and Lyon. Manchester United are also meant to be interested.

This is why Man City need to act fast. Harry Maguire was the last defender that Pep Guardiola expressed his interested in and Man United beat him to it. Imagine losing out on another signing to your biggest rival.

Ruben Dias

As well as getting in appearances for Benfica, the defender has also got international duties to perform. He’s got 13 senior Portugal caps to his name currently and will get more.

The much-wanted man has worked his way up through Benfica’s youth ranks and has done a brilliant job of getting into the first team. However, he could benefit from a change.

Could January be a chance for him to explore? His current contract expires in 2024. His deal also has a release clause of around £59 million. Any team would have some negotiating to do as Benfica are reportedly trying to raise his fees.

I truly hope that if the 22-year-old does want to move, he considers the Etihad in the new year.

Man City should be lining up one of these 2 managers following Pep rumours

According to The Sun, Pep Guardiola could be leaving Man City sooner rather than later. The Football Manc Cave looks at 2 possibilities that could replace the title winner.

The Sun has reported that Pep is prepared to step down from his role at the Etihad. This headline has come after the successful manager has explained things in his book. Apparently, the Man City chairman, Khaldoon Al Mubarak knows of his plans to step aside if things don’t go to plan.

The book also describes his anger at players who stayed out partying last Christmas. He has a plan to punish any who do the same this year, as he is desperately trying to get that 3rd in a row Premier League title.

If he can’t be as successful this Premier League campaign, who could replace him?

Mikel Arteta

Some Man City fans will definitely disagree with this pick due to lack of actual experience. However, the 37-year-old has been Pep Guardiola’s apprentice for some time now. He must have learned a lot from the current boss.

This is why he would be a perfect fit, even if it’s only temporarily. The players already know him and have respect for him which would be ideal. Guardiola has already spoken about how he thinks Arteta will succeed him at Man City.

This could be a plan already in the works. Another note to add to this pick is that Mikel Arteta got offered the Newcastle job before Steve Bruce. He turned it down. Does this suggest he’s waiting for his turn to be in charge at the Etihad? Possibly.

Patrick Viera

If it’s someone with some experience you’re looking for, then Viera is your man. The 43-year-old has already managed at New York City. He also currently manages at Nice.

The ex-midfielder is certainly no stranger to the Premier League. He spent a large period of his career with Arsenal and finished it at Man City. This could be a great Guardiola replacement.

It will be hard to find someone who matches the record that Pep has or the standard he expects. However, I believe these are two great picks who could both deliver.

It’s clear Guardiola needs to Man City strengthen in this key area in January

The Football Manc Cave is looking at what’s going wrong for Pep Guardiola at Man City and which area he needs to work on.

This season was supposed to be another exciting battle between Liverpool and Man City for the top spot. I don’t think I’m the only one who thought it would be a lot tighter at the top in terms of points at this stage in the season. Liverpool remains undefeated while City is losing points to unexpected teams like Wolves and Norwich.

So what is going wrong for Guardiola? And what area of his team needs work?

In January, he will have the chance to recruit any new players of interest and at this stage, it just has to be defenders. Let’s be honest here, things at the back have been a worry since Vincent Kompany left. Fans could tell that the Kompany shaped hole that had been left, hadn’t been filled to standard and now with Laporte’s injury, things are even more concerning.

Defence

The current plan at the Etihad is a combination of Fernandinho, Joao Cancelo, Otamendi and Kyle Walker. Guardiola has used a past tactic and is using Fernandinho, a midfielder, and putting him in a defensive position. It’s working well for now but it is in no way a long term plan.

Against Wolves, when you break it down, Emerson, Cancelo, Otamendi, Fernandinho, Rodri and Gundogan all got yellow cards. To me, this proves that the defence is scrambling all the time to try and stop any attack progressing and they are getting frustrated.

Kyle Walker was the only defender without a card, he got subbed in the 46th minute for Zinchenko. Rodri and Gundogan are both playing in defensive midfield positions and they are also receiving cautions which proves that they are also struggling.

When I was watching the Wolves goals at the weekend, I kept a close eye on the defence and to me, it looks like the defence are pushing too far down the pitch. At one point when Wolves broke and did actually score, every defender was on the halfway line at the start of the attack. That left them all chasing the ball and the Wolves players and it resulted in conceding.

Pep needs to sort this issue out if he wants a shot at getting his team back in the title race. He has some promising development team players like Eric Garcia and Taylor Harwood-Bellis but they’re not up to the challenge of Premier League football just yet in terms of fitness and age.

So when January comes, who would you recruit in his position?

Liverpool fans buoyant after Man City’s defeat ‘Congrats from a Liverpool fan, you wonderful Wolves!’

The Football Manc Cave is taking a look at Liverpool fans responses to Man City losing this weekend. As this opens up their chances of running away with the league title.

It may be early doors, however, it looks as though Liverpool are going to do everything in their power to stay top of the Premier League all season. A shock result at the weekend saw Man City lose 2-0 to Wolves. Raul Jimenez and Adama Traore worked brilliantly together to produce the final products and keeper, Rui Patricio had a fantastic game in which he worked extremely hard to keep a clean sheet.

This shakeup came as a huge shock to the top of the table as everyone expected this game to close the gap between Man City and Liverpool. A late penalty against Leicester City saw Liverpool take all three points from them on Saturday.

So when news came in of City’s loss on Sunday, it left Liverpool fans very happy, as you can imagine. They’ve been thanking Wolves fans via Twitter and also mocking City fans.

This now puts Liverpool on 24 points with 8 wins from 8 while Pep Guardiola’s side sits second on 16 points with only 5 wins from 8.

The race is on and here are your reactions…

Give them minutes: Man City must simply give these 2 outcasts the opportunity to shine

Man City is known for having a fast-moving development squad with a lot of talent. The Football Manc Cave are picking out two of those who Pep Guardiola should be giving more of a chance to.

In Man City’s Carabao Cup tie against Preston, fans expected to see a few youngsters in action. This was due to the game being classed as easier than a Premier League tie.

This was a perfect opportunity to rest some of the usual starting eleven and give some others a chance to shine. That’s exactly what happened and a couple stood out.

Phil Foden is a name that’s a topic of conversation in the footballing world at the moment. Fans think he deserves more of a chance now that he’s fit. He’s supposed to be one of the best players Pep Guardiola has ever seen but if this is the case, why is he only being used as a Cup player?

Maybe because Guardiola wants to ease him into the game at his young age. However, despite the excitement around him, he didn’t impress as much as fans would have hoped.

Here are two youngsters that did.

Taylor Harwood-Bellis

The 17-year-old has made his impression on fans in the youth squads and in England youth teams. However, his dream came true when his name was in the starting line up against Preston.

The centre back really impressed and has got fans calling for his name to be in the line up more often. He has even spoken on the matter himself. He said that he ‘hopes to stay in the manager’s mind’ after his performances.

Eric Garcia

The 18-year-old is another who got a chance to make his debut and also got fans talking. Garcia and Bellis are now looking like they could form the perfect centre back pairing for the future at the Etihad.

There’s a long way to go to get them at the standard Pep will want them at. However, they have both proven that they are worth taking a chance on, willing to work hard and that they compliment each other on the field.

The Manchester Evening News posted their player ratings after the match and both of the youngsters came out with 8’s. These were the two highest scores given out to any of the Man City players by the news website.

It’s a very promising start for the pair and it looks like they will both go far. As for Phil Foden, the subject now has risen to whether it would be sensible for Guardiola to send him out on loan so he can get regular playing time.

Do you agree?

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