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Manchester City’s busy summer continues as the start of the new Premier League season edges closer.

The Blues have already completed arguably the signing of the summer in Erling Haaland, and look set to complete their second addition as Kalvin Phillips looks set to be heading to the Etihad.

City and Leeds are understood to have agreed a fee, with the latest reports suggesting the paperwork has been completed, and it looks to be a matter of time before his arrival is confirmed.

Meanwhile, Gabriel Jesus looks to be a step closer to an exit, with Arsenal seemingly winning the race for his signature. The Brazilian has been strongly linked with a move away for some time, and a move to the Emirates looks to be in the offing.

Fernandinho has sealed his return to former club Athletico Paranaense after his release from Manchester City.

Brazilian Fernandinho, 37, left City this summer as his contract expired and expressed a desire to return to his home country. Not only is he back in Brazil, but he has secured a move to his first club Athletico Paranaense, where he made 72 appearances between 2002-05 before sealing a move to Shakhtar Donetsk.

Fernandinho left City as the club’s most decorated player, and said it was a dream to wear the Paranaense shirt again, 17 years after he left. He will wear the number five shirt and has signed a two-year contract.

“Without a doubt, I am fulfilling a personal wish, a dream to wear the Athletico shirt again,” he said at a press conference on Monday, confirming he intends to retire after his new deal expires.

The Evening Standard say Chelsea and Manchester City are confident a deal will be done for Raheem Sterling after those reports this evening that contact has been made between the clubs.

They report that new Chelsea owner Todd Boehly is involved in the talks, to see how much Sterling would be available for.

It’s added that City would want to hold out for a significant fee for Sterling, despite him just having a year on his contract, while Sterling himself is still weighing up his options.

Fernandinho is in Brazil to seal a two-year return to Athletico Paranaense, local reports say.

The midfielder left City at the end of the season, with his contract expiring on June 30. Now, Globo Esporte say Fernandinho has landed in Brazil to sign a two-year contract at his former club.

They say he will undergo medicals and finalise his new contract this week in time for his contract at City to officially expire. The move would then go through on July 18 when the Brazilian transfer window opens.

It’s added that Fernandinho turned down other offers in Brazil, and also the Middle East, and could move into coaching at Paranaense after the two year deal ends.

The Daily Mail reports that Chelsea owner Todd Boehly has formally approached Manchester City regarding a transfer for Raheem Sterling.

A bid in the region of £55m could be tabled in the next few days. The report says the winger’s possible exit was discussed with club officials earlier this month.

They have given Sterling time to think about his options and, if he does decide to leave, it would be an amicable split.

Chelsea are eager to bring Nathan Ake back to Stamford Bridge this summer, according to reports.

The defender has not enjoyed the game time he craves during his time at the Etihad, starting just 20 games – only half of which were in the league.

That said, he was reliable when called upon amid City’s injury crisis towards the end of last season. Now, Sky Sports reports Chelsea are still admirers of their former youth player and may make a move for his signature again.

If you say the words ‘double pivot’ to any Manchester City fan, the chances are you’d get an impulsive groan, or sigh, or even a shudder. Because when Pep Guardiola has played two defensive midfielders together in the past, it’s rarely paid off, and in fact had a negative impact on City’s balance.

When Guardiola is accused of ‘overthinking’, it is often because he wants to be slightly more defensive against a quality opponent, and adding an extra holding midfielder is a defensive move.

However, with Fernandinho gone, City have agreed a deal for Leeds and England star Kalvin Phillips, who can play at the base of midfield but also further forward.

Sky Sports is reporting that Manchester City are bracing to recieve a bid for Raheem Sterling.

The attacker has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge with just 12 months left on his contract. The winger has seen declining game time over the last three seasons.

The report claims Blues boss Thomas Tuchel has spoken with Sterling about his future plans and how he would be implemented into his side’s attacking set-up.

Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez has reportedly been offered a new short-term contract extension.

The attacker, who started just 15 Premier League games last season, has 12 months left on his current deal.

Foot Mercato reports that the Algerian, 31, has been tabled a new short-term extension, albeit the length of it has not been outlined.

The outlet says there is optimism that the deal will be struck. Mahrez netted 24 goals and grabbed nine assists last term.

With just one swing of his right boot, Gabriel Jesus engrained himself in Manchester City folklore forever – Centurions.

The Blues had been crowned Premier League champions long before, but Pep Guardiola’s relentless pursuit of perfection kept his eam pushing for virtually every record.

Hitting 100 would solidify their place as one of the Premier League greats.
If Raheem Sterling stays at Manchester City next season, there’s every chance that six of England’s World Cup starting XI will be playing for the Premier League champions.

Kalvin Phillips is the latest England international to sign for City, following Jack Grealish last summer and joining Phil Foden, Raheem Sterling, John Stones and Kyle Walker at the Etihad.

Phillips may have a fight on his hands to displace Rodri at City, but his signing does significantly strengthen a position that needed a new face after Fernandinho’s departure.

Alan Shearer admits that the signs are ominous for would-be challengers to City and Liverpool with both clubs having already made their mark in the summer window.

Having missed out on Harry Kane last summer, City turned their attentions to Erling Haaland and have signed the Norway goal machine from Borussia Dortmund for £51million. However, that move was promptly responded to by Jurgen Klopp as the Reds offset Sadio Mane leaving by signing Benfica forward Darwin Nunez.

Here is what Shearer had to say when speaking to Sky Sports;

That’s what happens [the best teams get better]. They both had success last season. That’s what they do. When you win things, you’ve got to go out and strengthen and City wanted a forward last season when thy tried to get [Harry] Kane… They didn’t get him and have gone on and signed another huge player.

Reports are suggesting Gabriel Jesus has agreed personal terms with Arsenal.

A fee around the £45million will be required if the Gunners get this over the line.

But they have also been locked in talks over the Brazilian’s contract.

Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano suggests Jesus will put pen to paper on a five-year deal.

Kalvin Phillips could grab his ideal shirt number at City as the England international closes in on a high-profile summer move from Leeds United. City have agreed terms with the Yorkshire side for the 26-year-old which includes £42million up front and £3million in add-ons.

Personal terms are still to be confirmed, but Manchester Evening News understands they will be sorted quickly as Premier League champions City aim to get their second summer signing over the line.

Kalvin Phillips could grab his ideal shirt number at City as the England international closes in on a high-profile summer move from Leeds United. City have agreed terms with the Yorkshire side for the 26-year-old which includes £42million up front and £3million in add-ons.

Personal terms are still to be confirmed, but Manchester Evening News understands they will be sorted quickly as Premier League champions City aim to get their second summer signing over the line.

Arsenal are reported to have agreed terms with City’s Gabriel Jesus ahead of a transfer this summer.

The Brazilian has been linked with a move away from the Etihad for some time, and the Gunners now look to have won the race for his signature.

According to The Athletic, Jesus has agreed to a five-year deal which will see him make the move to the Emirates Stadium, with City set to receive £45m.

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The focus at Premier League champions Manchester City is now on outgoings, with the high-profile departures of Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling edging closer.

Arsenal and City are close to agreeing a £50million agreement for Brazil striker Jesus to move from the Etihad to the Emirates, with a deal expected to be finalised in the coming days.

Chelsea are stepping up their efforts to sign Sterling, who has entered the final year of his contract, with Stamford Bridge boss Thomas Tuchel understood to have made contact with the England winger.

Sterling has lost his status as a automatic pick under City boss Pep Guardiola, starting just 23 Premier League games last season, and feels a move to play more regularly, with the World Cup later this year, is what his career needs right now.

The forward heads a shortlist of the manager’s attacking targets and enters the final year of his contract with the Premier League champions, who are grateful for his service and will not obstruct his desire for greater minutes and status elsewhere.

Pep Guardiola has repeatedly stated “I don’t like to keep players that are unhappy” and is open to allowing Sterling’s exit this summer, even to a Premier League rival, on condition that an acceptable bid in the region of £50m is tabled.

Tuchel is desperate to add a decisive edge in the final third to cure Chelsea’s goalscoring issues.

New Chelsea owner Todd Boehly was in touch with City to discuss figures and the structure of a deal, with Tuchel expressing to Sterling that he sees him as a decisive figure for Chelsea’s starting XI, but also as a leader and reference point.

All parties are willing to finalise a deal and the process is thought to have been very transparent and amicable, especially the talks between Sterling and City.

Sterling would offer Tuchel a guaranteed threat – he has directly contributed a combined 165 goals in the division in 320 appearances for Liverpool and City – as well as tactical flexibility and experience.
Fernandinho credited Pep Guardiola with reigniting his love for football in a meeting that has been shared by Manchester City.

Fernandinho called time on a glittering City career this summer after nine years at the Etihad, where he leaves as the club’s most decorated player with 13 trophies.

The Brazilian was loved by players, staff and fans alike, but decided to allow his contract to expire and return to Brazil. Now, City have shared a trailer for a documentary following Fernandinho’s final days at the City Football Academy, which includes interviews from directors and players as well as the former captain himself.

In the trailer, Fernandinho can be seen crying in the City changing room as he says on a voiceover: “Every footballer knows they have to leave their club one day but when it happens it still surprises you.”

He is then shown in Guardiola’s office as both are seen smiling, as he says to his manager: “You made me fall in love with football again.”

There are also snippets of interviews with Gabriel Jesus, Vincent Kompany and Ederson, as well as director of football Txiki Begiristain, who said: “He became more than a player when he became captain.”

if you say the words ‘double pivot’ to any Manchester City fan, the chances are you’d get an impulsive groan, or sigh, or even a shudder.

Because when Pep Guardiola has played two defensive midfielders together in the past, it’s rarely paid off, and in fact had a negative impact on City’s balance. When Guardiola is accused of ‘overthinking’, it is often because he wants to be slightly more defensive against a quality opponent, and adding an extra holding midfielder is a defensive move.

However, with Fernandinho gone, City have agreed a deal for Leeds and England star Kalvin Phillips, who can play at the base of midfield but also further forward. Maybe he is the player Guardiola needs to finally perfect the dreaded double pivot.
To look at Phillips’ role for England is probably where most City fans will be familiar with their incoming signing. At Euro 2020, Declan Rice sat deep, in a role that has similarities to Rodri’s at City, and Phillips would come deep to support but also help carry the ball forward and link England’s attack and defence.

He was the surprise package at Euro 2020, and it’s no coincidence that he’s featured for England since when available. Even if his predominant position for Leeds is the more traditional holding midfielder at the base of a 4-1-2-2-1 formation, maybe it’s his qualities at the bottom of a double pivot that are most appealing to City.

Because Phillips won’t displace Rodri for the majority of his time at City, and he will also have to compete with Ilkay Gundogan for game-time too. Where his minutes may come, then, is when Guardiola wants to try two holding midfielders, with three attacking midfielders ahead of them and a central striker. History says Rodri and Gundogan don’t necessarily work in that role as well as others could.

Earlier this month, Southgate said Grealish needed to improve his ‘tactical level’ after impressing in a 20-minute cameo vs Germany. Guardiola has also challenged Grealish’s tactical awareness to improve, while the player himself has said he felt the pressure to sometimes keep possession in his debut season at the Etihad rather than attack.

Now, though, if City were to add another layer of protection between attack and defence, Grealish may be encouraged to play that risky ball more often, or drive with it himself just like he did at Aston Villa or in those cameos for England.

Phillips has already described Grealish as a ‘perfect’ teammate due to his abilities to keep the ball in tight situations, so there is already a promising relationship there that could only help Grealish on that left side.

So while Phillips will be signed to replace Fernandinho and increase the bodies in the centre, it’s also fair to suggest he could have a knock-on effect in unleashing the attacking qualities in Grealish that he may have suppressed over the last year.

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