City have started the process of laying a new pitch for next season.
City's 2-1 win over Liverpool in 2019/20 proved pivotal to their success in an enthralling title race, and the question over a marginal gain remains.
Destroyed. Gone. Buried to the confines of history by the very process of being dug up.
The evidence of Manchester City's greatest crime is now forever lost in piles of sand and, don't say it, grass. Forget FFP violations and being tarnished with alleged sports-washing, this was the club's most heinous crime.
The allegations spread like wildfire, City and Pep Guardiola in deadpan denial and one eternal question: Did they alter the playing surface to suit before their league win over Liverpool on 3 January 2019?
"I’m not the greenkeeper!" Guardiola said in res...
The six English clubs that signed up to the breakaway European Super League (ESL) earlier this year have agreed to pay a total of £22 million as part of a settlement with the Premier League, it was announced Wednesday.
Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham also agreed to accept fines of about £20m each and 30-point deductions if they join a similar unsanctioned competition in the future -- a punishment that would have seen Arsenal and Spurs relegated during the 2019-20 campaign.
UEFA also announced on Wednesday that it had put a hold on its disciplinary case against the remaining Super League rebel clubs -- Barcelona, Juventus and Real Madrid -- who were facing a ban from the Champions League.
A statement from the Premier League read: "...
Nuno Espirito Santo close to being appointed as Carlo Ancelotti's successor at Goodison Park; Portuguese left Wolves at the end of last season and previously held talks over vacant Crystal Palace managerial position
Image: Nuno Espirito Santo left Wolves at the end of last season
Former Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo is edging closer to being appointed Everton's new manager.
Negotiations over a number of issues including the length of contract are still to be finalised, but the club are hopeful he will be confirmed as Carlo Ancelotti's successor within the next week.
Nuno, who left Wolves at the end of last season after four years in charge, was close to becoming manager of Crystal Palace earlier this month before negotiations broke down.
The Portuguese, 47, emerged ...
The International Football Association Board [IFAB] - football's lawmakers - does not specify a maximum thickness of lines, under the laws of the game; PGMOL hopes the change will give the benefit back to the attacking team
Image: Thicker lines, to be used for VAR decisions on offside, will be introduced in the Premier League next season
European Super League: 'Big Six' clubs to pay £22m settlement to Premier League
Also decided at the Premier League's AGM was the payment of a combined £22m fine by the six English clubs which secretly agreed to play in a European Super League (ESL).
Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham have also agreed to an additional £25m fine and a potential 30-point deduction for any similar transgression in the fut...
Manchester United’s initial offer for Jadon Sancho has been deemed too low by Borussia Dortmund, according to German daily Bild.
Sancho wanted to move to Manchester United last summer but the Red Devils refused to meet Dortmund’s €120m valuation of the winger.
Manchester United have revived their interest in the England winger again and have been in talks with his representatives over a transfer this summer.
Dortmund have lowered their demands but are believed to be holding out for a fee that could go up to €100m before they agree to let Sancho move to Old Trafford.
And the first negotiations have taken place directly between Manchester United and Dortmund, though no deal is in place.
It has been claimed that the Red Devils’ initial offer has been termed too low by the ...
Ruben Dias wins Premier League Player of the Year award after leading Man City to the title in his debut season following transfer from Benfica; Pep Guardiola named Manager of the Season; Phil Foden claims Young Player of the Season award
Champions Manchester City dominated the Premier League end-of-season awards with Ruben Dias, Phil Foden and Pep Guardiola all picking up prizes for the 2020/21 campaign.
Dias was named the Premier League Player of the Season, while team-mate Phil Foden claimed the award for the Young Player of the Season and City boss Guardiola was picked as the Manager of the Season.
Tottenham's Erik Lamela won the Premier League Goal of the Season award for his spectacular Rabona in the north London derby.The alliance comprises three right-wing, two centri...
Arsenal have reportedly made their first offer of around £30m for Norwich City playmaker Emiliano Buendia.
With Real Madrid loanee Martin Odegaard seemingly unlikely to remain at the Emirates Stadium beyond the summer, Gunners chiefs have earmarked the number 10 position as a priority for the upcoming transfer window.
Arsenal have long been linked with a swoop for Buendia - who is already Premier League-proven - but Canaries chief Stuart Webber has affirmed that it would take a club-record fee to sanction an exit for the 24-year-old.
According to football.london, Arsenal and Aston Villa made their first moves for Buendia on Wednesday, but bids of £30m from both sides were pushed back by Norwich.
The report adds that Buendia would face a 'difficult choice' if Arsenal and Vi...
Carlo Ancelotti has left his role at Everton to become Real Madrid’s new boss.
The Italian, 61, takes over at the Bernabeu following Zinedine Zidane’s exit last week.
He’s signed a three-year contract with Real, having previously managed the club from 2013 to 2015.
Ancelotti told Everton’s website: “I would like to thank the board of directors, the players, and the Evertonians for the tremendous support they have all given me during my time at the club.
“I have complete respect for everyone associated with Everton and hope they can achieve the exciting opportunities they have in front of them.
“While I have enjoyed being at Everton I have been presented with an unexpected opportunity which I believe is the right move for me and my family at this time.”
The club ...
Jamie Carragher has urged Everton to appoint former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez as Carlo Ancelotti’s successor.
Ancelotti, who joined the Toffees on a four-and-a-half-year contract in December 2019, has replaced Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid.
The 61-year-old Italian, who previously managed Real between 2013 and 2015, guiding the club to a 10th European title, has agreed a three-year contract.
France legend Zidane resigned last week following Los Blancos’ failure to win any silverware last season.
Ancelotti guided Everton to a 10th-placed finish last season and now leaves them looking for a sixth permanent boss in five years.
On announcing the news the Merseyside club said: “Everton would like to place on record its thanks to Carlo for his service to the club over the p...
The striker enjoyed a superb goalscoring season for Inter Milan and would be a dream summer signing at Arsenal for one of the club's former players
Arsenal could be one of the more busier teams in the summer transfer window.
Despite the 2020/21 Premier League season - that saw the Gunners finish eighth - being over for just over a week, several names have already been linked with moves to the Emirates Stadium.
Emiliano Buendia is seen as the alternative to Martin Odegaard if Arsenal can't reach a deal with Real Madrid to bring the midfielder back for another spell after impressing on loan during the second half of the campaign.
Meanwhile, links to the likes of Yves Bissouma, Sander Berge, Ryan Bertrand and Josh Doig simply refuse to go away as Mikel Arteta looks to overhau...
Why not Conte?I would really like to hear from supporters of Arsenal, Spurs, and Man Utd, why they wouldn’t consider Antonio Conte as a replacement for their current manager. He’s won the league in the U.K. and Italy and did well as the manager of the Italian team.
Even as a short term manager, I think he would be better than their current managers or prospective future managers (Spurs – I don’t think Pochettino should go back). He’s a highly tactical manager and seems to motivate his players very well. He also works well with a limited budget. For me it’s a no brainer that he would be better than their current managers.
I’m not a fan of any of these clubs but I’d be really interested in what their supporters think.Charles Heale (I’d love to see Conte at Newcastle, but doubt it ...
Cristiano Ronaldo could be on his way back to Manchester United after reportedly prioritising a shock comeback while doubts grow over his future at Juventus.
Ronaldo currently earns almost £500,000-a-week ($920,000) in Italy and would be taking a pay cut to switch to Old Trafford.
Massimiliano Allegri is the new man in charge at Juve and he is reportedly not again the prospect of letting Ronaldo leave in the summer transfer window.
Paris Saint-Germain is another potential landing spot for Ronaldo although the club’s desire to tie down Kylian Mbappe means United remains in the mix.
Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Juve are looking to offload Ronaldo in exchange for Paul Pogba.
Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola is reportedly set to meet with United negotiators on Zoom this w...
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Ibrahima Konate joins Liverpool for £36m from RB Leipzig; the 22-year-old French centre-back was an unused substitute in both matches when the two sides met in the Champions League earlier this year
Liverpool have signed centre-back Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig after agreeing to pay his £36m release clause.
Konate, 22, made 21 appearances for Leipzig this season including eight Bundesliga starts as the club finished second, 13 points behind champions Bayern Munich.
He will begin a long-term contract from July 1, subject to international clearance and a successful work permit application process.
"I'm really happy to be joining such a massive club like Liverpool," Konate said.
"It's a really exciting moment for me and my family and I am re...
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Manchester United remain in talks with Jadon Sancho's representatives; Sky Sports News has been told that "as it stands, United represents the most realistic destination" for Sancho; a number of other clubs are interested.
Manchester United remain in talks with Jadon Sancho's representatives over a potential transfer this summer.
Sky Sports News has been told that "as it stands, United represents the most realistic destination" for Sancho.
A number of other clubs are interested.
Personal terms are not expected to be a problem as United negotiated terms when they tried to sign Sancho last summer.
Borussia Dortmund are listening to offers for Sancho, but have not publicly named a price or set a deadline.
It is thought Dortmund's asking price w...
Mauricio Pochettino admitted he would love a future return to Tottenham, but how have other managers fared when returning to their former clubs?
When Mauricio Pochettino declared that he would love to return to Tottenham one day, he put himself firmly within a long tradition of managers going back to clubs where they had formerly had success.
“From the day I left the club, my dream is to be back one day and to try to finish the work we didn't finish,” the Argentine mused.
“We were so close to winning the Premier League and Champions League, but of course I am looking forward to moving on and I am so motivated for the next project.
“But deep inside I want to go back because the fans are so special. Maybe in five years, maybe in 10 years, but before I die I want to manage To...
A big change could soon be made to European club football as we know it if clubs are willing to put their opinions on the matter of away-goals forward
European football governing body UEFA is considering scrapping the away-goals rule for its European competitions, a whopping 56 years after it was first introduced.
That is according to a report by The Times.
The rule is used in both the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League when the score of a two-legged knockout clash is level on aggregate after 180 minutes of football being played, with the team that has scored the most away goals over the course of the two legs progressing to the next phase of the competition.
However, there is a growing feeling that the rule is outdated, meaning a move to scrap it is poised to be...
All the talk in the Premier League world at the moment surrounds the future of Harry Kane, who has reportedly told Tottenham wants to leave at the end of the year.
Premier League champions Manchester City, Manchester United and Champions League finalists Chelsea have all been mooted as likely suitors for Kane, who has scored 32 goals in all competitions this term.
Paris Saint-Germain, managed by Kane’s former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, and Spanish giants Real Madrid have also been linked with the striker.
Where will Harry Kane end up? (Photo by NEIL HALL / POOL / AFP)Source: AFP
The Mirror reports that Kane has set his sights on a £100m-plus ($A182m) move to Manchester City based on the belief they would present the best opportunity to win trophies.
The report ...
The Premier League season is over and clubs are turning towards the transfer window.
But how did they fare during the last two windows? Some new arrivals lit up the league and had a game-changing impact, while others have been completely forgotten.
We have taken a look at the best and worst signings from the 2020/21 season…
Ruben Dias (Manchester City)
A few eyebrows were raised when Manchester City splurged more than £60m on another defender to go alongside the similarly priced Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mendy and John Stones. Days before his arrival, City conceded five against Leicester City and the 23-year-old was handed the task to rectify it and fill Vincent Kompany’s large boots. He had a transformative effect akin to Virgil van Dijk’s at Liverpool and for that re...