Despite a very rich workforce, Manchester City should be very active in the transfer market this summer. Indeed, the club headed by Pep Guardiola has targeted three priorities to strengthen: Jorginho (Naples), Riyad Mahrez (Leicester) and Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace).
Despite a title of England champion won with the way, Manchester City will complete this season 2017-2018 with a taste of unfinished. In question, an elimination from the quarterfinals of the Champions League, swept by Liverpool (0-3, 1-2). For his third performance at the head of Citizens, Pep Guardiola intends to remember the past mistakes and make some alterations in his already well-stocked workforce. With three priority targets.
Jorginho, priority in the middle
The first is Jorginho (26 years old). With only Ilkay Gündogan and Fernandinho able to play in a very remote location, the Catalan coach, who will lose Yaya Toure out of contract, believes the midfield Skyblues is too light. To strengthen it, the name of the Italian comes at the top of the list. A track of choice that the English club could buckle without problem if he puts the price. According to the Daily Mail, Naples claims 60 million euros to give up its metronome. A sum that Manchester City has ample means to pay. The player, he would be interested in a departure to the north of England rather than Chelsea, also interested, in a very unfavorable ballot for the next Champions League.
Mahrez always targeted
The second is Riyad Mahrez (27). Despite a bid of 74 million euros last winter, Leicester has retained his winger to the end. But the deal could be different in the offseason. Aware that the Algerian has the lead elsewhere, despite interesting performances in early spring, the Foxes management is ready to let it go. Two conditions: that Manchester City offers a substantial amount, on the one hand, and integrates Patrick Roberts in the deal. Loaned for two and a half years at Celtic Glasgow, the 21-year-old pocket winger is part of Citizens’ bets for the future. But faced with the pressure of a short-term result in C1, Guardiola may well decide to sacrifice in order to recover a seasoned player like Mahrez.
The third is Wilfried Zaha (25 years old). After a completely failed experience at Manchester United, the Ivorian striker was able to revive in his training club, Crystal Palace, where he scored this season. Voted best player in the Premier League in April, the man with 8 goals and 5 assists in the league pleases the Catalan tactician enormously.
According to the Daily Mirror, the Elephant would be very close to commit to the Citizens, who proposed 55 million euros to the London training to enlist. A price that would have convinced the Eagles, especially since they have paid only 4 million euros to repatriate in the summer of 2015. A nice added value in perspective. What do you think of the Manchester City targets for this summer? Feel free to react and discuss in the « Add Comment » space
Amokachi, Utaka, Kanu & Other Super Eagles players who have won the FA Cup
Brila.net takes a look at the six Super Eagles players that have represented Nigeria andhave won the most prestigious Football Trophy, ‘FA Cup’ in England.
Daniel ‘Da Bull’ Amokachi (Everton)
Amokachi is the first Nigeria international to play in the FA Cup final. He was a 69th-minute substitute for Everton in their 1-0 win over Manchester United in the 1995 final at Wembley. Paul Rideout scored the winning goal for Everton.
Celestine Babayaro (Chelsea)
Babayaro was a winner in the 2000 FA Cup final. The left-back played the full 90 minutes as Roberto Di Matteo scored Chelsea’s winning goal against Aston Villa.
Nwankwo Kanu (Arsenal, Portsmouth)
The former Super Eagles Skipper won his first FA Cup medal with Arsenal in 2002, even though he did not play in the final.
In 2008, he got the name King Kanu as he scored the winning goal and played for 87 minutes as Portsmouth beat Cardiff to win the FA Cup. He was named Man of the Match of that final.
John Chukwudi Utaka (Portsmouth)
Former Super Eagles winger John Utaka was also on the pitch with Kanu as they both helped Portsmouth win the FA Cup final in 2008. Utaka played for 69 minutes before coming off.
John Mikel Obi (Chelsea)
Super Eagles Influential Captain John Mikel Obi was on the pitch for the full 120 minutes as Chelsea beat Manchester United 1-0 in extra-time time to lift the 2007 FA Cup. That was the midfielder’s first of four FA Cup trophies he won with Chelsea.
He was on the pitch from start to finish when Chelsea beat Everton 2-1 to win the 2009 FA Cup final.
Alex Iwobi (Arsenal)
Iwobi won the first trophy of his professional football career when Arsenal beat Chelsea 2-1 to win the 2017 FA Cup title. Although the 21-year-old didn’t play in the final, he gets an FA Cup medal as an Arsenal player
Victor Moses (Chelsea)
Super Eagles forward Victor Moses is the most recent Nigerian to have won the prestigious trophy, having played in the 2018 FA Cup final between Chelsea and Manchester United and was on the winning side.
The former Wigan Athletic star man was on for 90 minutes as Chelsea got the win via a first-half penalty by Eden Hazard.
EPL: Paul Pogba speaks on leaving Manchester United for PSG
Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba, has stated that he’s not interested in joining Paris-Saint Germain this summer.
He, however, insisted that he’s unsure if he’ll stay at United.
PSG are believed to be keen on signing Pogba and their interest will only intensify if Neymar forces a move through to Real Madrid.
The 25-year-old has endured a difficult second season at Old Trafford and tension between him and manager, Jose Mourinho has resulted in the midfielder being dropped from regular first team starter.
The France international admitted he had problems at Old Trafford but refused to confirm he will stay there this summer.
“He [Mourinho] put me on the bench, I answered on the pitch, I give my maximum every time,”Pogba told Canal +.
“These are times when I wasn’t playing. I was on the bench. Much has been spoken about. People thought it was wrong but a coach and player don’t have to be best friends.
“One is not forced to go to the restaurant together. I had some problems, it’s [a] mental [problem].
“It made me grow in leadership. I had the armband with Mourinho, it was the first time in a club. It’s important to me, it makes me grow up to be as a leader in the France team.
“Stay at United? You’re never sure of anything. Contractually, it’s on, yes.”
“My presence at the Eiffel Tower has nothing to do with PSG. We like to debate
“)h you imagine Pogba was the Eiffel Tower, he comes to PSG.” No it has nothing to do,’ continued Pogba.
“Walking on the Parc des Princes? With a club, no for sure. Honestly, it doesn’t appeal to me. I grew up here, my father was a supporting Marseille and so did my mum. Paris wasn’t really in my daily life.
“Why not one day step on the pitch of the Parc des Princes. It’s a beautiful pitch and a beautiful stadium.”
PSG president speaks on hiring Wenger
Wenger has left Arsenal after 22 years, but expressed his desire to stay in the game.
There were speculations that the 68-year-old could take up a role at the Ligue 1 champions.
But in an interview with L’Equipe, Al-Khelaifi said: “He is a close friend, I have a lot of admiration and respect for him and everything he has done in football.
“He’s a big man. This is one of the first people I spoke to before buying the club, and he told me one thing that I never forgot: ‘You buy a diamond and it will be cut and shined’.
“I do not know what he will do, but he will have a lot offers. Today, the sports director [of PSG] is Antero Henrique and he will stay.”
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