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  1. Grealish has 'done all he can' for Villa, published at11:12

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    Alan Hutton says Jack Grealish has "done all that he can" for Aston Villa and that moving to Manchester City will allow him to "get to that next level."

    Former Scotland right-back Hutton spent eight years at Villa Park, playing alongside forward Grealish, 25, for five of them.

    "I saw him as a kid at 16 and when he was up training with us you could tell he was special," Hutton told the Football Daily Podcast.

    "For him now it's about moving to a team where he can go and win things and fit into that way of playing.

    "I think Manchester City is where he needs to go."

    Hear more from Hutton (from 37'30) on the full episode of the Football Daily podcast on BBC Sounds

  2. Is there potential for Premier League Covid chaos?, published at14:36 30 July

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    Simon Stone, BBC Sport

    The new Premier League campaign is fast approaching - but does a flurry of cancelled friendly fixtures suggest 2021-22 will be another season disrupted by the coronavius pandemic?

    Manchester United's fixture at Preston was the latest to be called off because of positive Covid-19 cases, while Norwich have been similarly impacted, Arsenal scrapped their pre-season tour of the US and Newcastle lost three goalkeepers to self-isolation for one fixture.

    The Premier League still intends to test twice a week. However, unlike last season, players will have lateral flow rather than PCR tests, to reduce costs and speed up the process.

    The number of players and staff taking tests will be increased to 100. Should any come back positive, a PCR test will then be arranged.

    The Premier League is also going to continue operating red zones for players and senior staff.

    For the first few weeks of the season at least, clubs will be asked to continue with the established virtual media conferences, both before and after matches.

    Read more: Could a Covid 'pingdemic' ruin the start of the season?

  3. Transfer news: Grealish to City close?, published at10:49 30 July

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    Manchester City have begun negotiations with Aston Villa for Jack Grealish - and a decision about whether a deal can be struck is expected to be made within days. (Guardian)

    Manager Pep Guardiola hopes to have a deal for the 25-year-old done in time for the Community Shield on 7 August. (Star)

    However, Villa are to restart talks with England midfielder Grealish next week and are willing to offer him a new deal to ward off advances from City. (Express and Star)

    Meanwhile, 27-year-old Brazil goalkeeper Ederson is set to be handed a three-year contract extension. (Athletic - subscription required)

    Want more transfer news? Read Friday's full gossip column

  4. Grealish still on City hit list, published at12:05 28 July

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    Simon Stone, BBC Sport

    Despite a fresh round of speculation involving Manchester City and Aston Villa's England star Jack Grealish today, fundamentally, nothing has changed.

    City want the 25-year-old and have not been put off by the £100m Villa are understood to want for him.

    That doesn't mean City want to pay that amount, which suggests an element of haggling before a deal can be struck.

    Villa's stance remains that they want to keep their captain, having opened talks over a new deal.

    Grealish is still on his post-Euro 2020 break, so it will be interesting to see whether the situation changes before he returns to training.

  5. Will Delap be 2021-22's breakout star?, published at11:26 28 July

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    Every season, a group of young players make the first big step on the journey to becoming Premier League stars - and is this the one for Liam Delap?

    The departure of Sergio Aguero means that, as it stands, Manchester City go into next season with Gabriel Jesus as their only recognised centre-forward.

    Pep Guardiola obviously has options, with Ferran Torres and Raheem Sterling both able to operate as a false nine, and could significantly boost their numbers if they turn their interest in Tottenham's Harry Kane into a signed and sealed transfer.

    Barring such a big move, though, they may turn to one of their own academy lads - 18-year-old striker Liam Delap.

    Signed from Derby in 2018, the son of former Stoke player Rory scored 24 times in 20 Under-23 games last season, netted his first senior goal in a Carabao Cup third-round win over Bournemouth and made his Premier League bow.

    It is not often that a young player breaks through into one of the truly elite Premier League clubs, especially a striker - but if Delap can, it could prove a very cost-effective masterstroke.

    Who else could be this season's breakout Premier League star?

  6. On this day: Aguero becomes a Man City player, published at10:03 28 July

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    On 28 July 2011, Manchester City signed Sergio Aguero from Atletico Madrid on a five-year deal... and what a signing it proved to be!

    The Argentina forward would go on to spend 10 historic years with City, amassing a club record 260 goals in 390 appearances and winning 15 trophies - including five Premier League titles, six League Cups and the FA Cup.

    He also broke Wayne Rooney's record for the most Premier League goals for a single club, finishing with 184.

    And then, of course, there was THAT goal on the final day against QPR in 2012.

    After a decorated decade at Etihad Stadium, the two-time City Player of the year joined Barcelona on a free transfer earlier this summer.

  7. Transfer news: City to make Grealish offer, published at09:20 28 July

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    Manchester City are poised to make an opening offer of £75m plus add-ons for midfielder Jack Grealish, who is valued at £100m by Aston Villa. (Mail)

    Meanwhile, the club have agreed a deal to send Japanese forward Ryotaro Meshino, 23, on loan to Portuguese top-flight side Estoril Praia. (Manchester Evening News)

    Read more transfer news in Wednesday's full gossip column

  8. Big names in City friendly win, published at08:26 28 July

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    Simon Stone, BBC Sport

    Portugal pair Ruben Dias and Joao Cancelo, plus Dutch defender Nathan Ake started the 2-0 friendly victory over Preston despite only returning to Manchester City training on Monday.

    Dias and Ake were both knocked out of Euro 2020 at the last-16 stage on 27 June, while Cancelo missed the tournament completely after testing positive for Covid-19.

    The trio were part of a strong City line-up for their opening pre-season game.

    Riyad Mahrez, Fernandinho, Benjamin Mendy and goalkeeper Zack Steffen were also involved.

    Steffen was the only player to re-emerge for the second-half, by which time Mahrez had already put City ahead with a free-kick direct from the edge of the area.

    Promising 18-year-old Sam Edozie scored a second for City after the break but the evening ended on a worrying note as goalkeeper Ciaran Slicker had to be stretchered off after coming off worst in an aerial collision.

    Keep up to date with all the pre-season fixtures and results

  9. Barry-Murphy lands City academy role, published at10:15 26 July

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    Mike Minay, BBC Radio Manchester

    Former Rochdale boss Brian Barry-Murphy has been appointed as the new head coach of Manchester City’s Elite Development Squad.

    The ex-Dale, Bury and Sheffield Wednesday player stepped down from his previous role at the end of last season.

    He replaces Enzo Maresca, who departed earlier this summer to take charge at Parma.

  10. Transfer news: Kane set to join City for £160m, published at09:47 23 July

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    Harry Kane is set to join Manchester City from Tottenham in a £160m deal - a Premier League record - which would earn the 27-year-old England striker £400,000 a week. (Sun)

    Meanwhile, City are prepared to offer one of Gabriel Jesus, Riyad Mahrez, Bernardo Silva or Raheem Sterling as part of a deal. (FourFourTwo)

    Want more transfer news? Read Friday's full gossip column

  11. No City interest in defender Mendes, published at16:38 22 July

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    Simon Stone, BBC Sport

    We are in the time of year where Premier League clubs are getting linked with numerous potential transfers.

    Some stories concern actual targets, others that clubs are loosely interested in - and then others where there is a reason a player is being linked with a club that has no interest in signing him.

    Manchester City have taken the unusual step of making it known Portugal and Sporting Lisbon defender Nuno Mendes very much falls into that latter category.

    I've been told they are not chasing him - and, more to the point, never have done.

    To underline, City have not attempted to 'set the record straight' on all those reports linking them with England duo Harry Kane and Jack Grealish.

  12. Archive: All About Pep Guardiola, published at15:03 21 July

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    With Pep Guardiola's Premier League champions returning for pre-season, it's the perfect time to revisit his exclusive interview with Guillem Balague for BBC Radio 5 Live in October 2018.

    Guardiola speaks at length about his upbringing, his family and his special relationship with the people of Manchester on the Football Daily podcast.

    The City boss selects several of his favourite songs that reference key moments in his life, taking listeners from his humble beginnings to the top of the football world.

    Since then, Guardiola's team have sealed two more Premier League titles, three more EFL Cups and the FA Cup (as part of an unprecedented domestic treble) - and also waved goodbye to City legends Vincent Kompany, David Silva and Sergio Aguero.

    Listen to the full special episode of Football Daily on BBC Sounds

  13. Preston friendly now behind closed doors, published at10:32 21 July

    Simon Stone, BBC Sport

    Manchester City’s planned pre-season game against Preston at the City Football Academy on Tuesday will now be played without fans present.

    City say the decision has been taken because their academy building has been closed since 16 July after a number of positive coronavirus cases.

    The precautionary measure is to ensure “the highest standards of safety are maintained” across the CFA site.

    Preston’s visit is the first time Pep Guardiola’s side will have been in action since the Champions League final defeat by Chelsea on 29 May.

  14. Transfer news: City interested in Mendes, published at09:16 20 July

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    Manchester City are interested in Sporting Lisbon and Portugal left-back Nuno Mendes, 19, but are unwilling to meet the £50m asking price. (Fabrizio Romano)

    Southampton and England striker Danny Ings, 28, has his mind set on a move to Manchester City or Manchester United, but the south coast club are yet to receive an enquiry for him. (Talksport)

    Meanwhile, Southampton, Leeds United and West Ham have all shown interest in signing City's £20m-rated Venezuela midfielder Yangel Herrera, 23. (Sun)

    Want more transfer news? Read Tuesday's full gossip column