Benjamin Mendy

Manchester City to rival Arsenal for Benfica star Alex Grimaldo?

A report claims that Benfica left-back Alex Grimaldo is now on Manchester City’s transfer radar, having also been strongly linked with a move to Arsenal. Manchester City are reportedly keeping tabs on Alex Grimaldo and may make a move for the Benfica star at the end of the season. The Citizens are in the market for a new left-back due to concerns over Benjamin Mendy, who has started just 13 Premier League games since joining the club in July 2017. Grimaldo has emerged as a possible target for Pep Guardiola‘s men, having supposedly been watched up close by City scouts in recent weeks. Mundo Deportivo claims that the 23-year-old, boasting four goals and five assists in the Portuguese top flight this season, has caught the Premier League champions’ eye. Arsenal have also bee...

Manchester City team news: Injury, suspension list vs. Newport County

Sports Mole looks at the latest injury and suspension news for Manchester City ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup tie at Newport County. Manchester City will continue their bid for the quadruple when they face Newport County in the FA Cup fifth round on Saturday evening. Pep Guardiola‘s side had been seven points adrift of leaders Liverpool a couple of weeks ago, but City now find themselves at the top of the standings on goal difference. The North-West giants produced one of their best performances of the season on Sunday as they thrashed Chelsea by a 6-0 scoreline at the Etihad Stadium. City have reached the last 16 of the FA Cup by recording convincing victories over Rotherham United and Burnley. Here, Sports Mole looks at City’s latest injury and suspension news ahead of thei...

Guardiola left confused over Mendy whereabouts

Benjamin Mendy caused confusion over his whereabouts by claiming he was in Hong Kong on Friday. The Manchester City defender, who is currently sidelined with a knee injury, posted a short video of himself on his Instagram account in which he seemed to tag himself in at Hong Kong International Airport. The Frenchman later claimed he was only joking, but not until after he had caught his manager Pep Guardiola by surprise. Guardiola was bemused by a Mendy Instagram post suggesting he could be in Hong Kong #MCFC pic.twitter.com/wNrZeuYDUh — Andy Hampson (@andyhampson) February 8, 2019 Guardiola was told of the posting as he held a press conference later in the day to preview the champions’ Premier League clash with Chelsea on Sunday. Mendy had been in Barcelona on Thursday for assessment on hi...

How Manchester City could line up against Everton

Sports Mole looks at how Manchester City could line up for their midweek trip to Everton in the Premier League. Manchester City return to action on Wednesday evening with a trip to Everton in the second of three tough tests in the space of a week. The Citizens beat Arsenal 3-1 on Sunday to revive their Premier League title hopes and have Chelsea to come at the Etihad Stadium later this week. First, though, is this showdown with Everton in midweek, which was rearranged late on due to City’s run to the final of the EFL Cup. Ahead of the clash at Goodison Park, Sports Mole looks at how the visitors could line up. Out: Vincent Kompany (muscle), Claudio Bravo (Achilles), Eliaquim Mangala (knee)Doubtful: Benjamin Mendy (knee) Because of the quick turnaround in fixtures, Pep Guardiola is ex...

Preview: Everton vs. Manchester City – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole provides team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of Wednesday’s Premier League meeting between Everton and champions Manchester City. Manchester City have a quick turnaround in Premier League fixtures as they make the trip to Goodison Park to take on Everton on Wednesday night, aiming to maintain the pressure on league leaders Liverpool. The champions revived their title hopes with a 3-1 win over Arsenal at the weekend and now have this re-arranged trip to Merseyside to prepare for. Everton © Reuters Marco Silva, the short-term manager brought in for a long-term project at Goodison Park, is growing under more and more pressure following a poor run of form. The Toffees last won back-to-back league matches in October and have picked up all three points in just five ...

Pep Guardiola ‘wants Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Ben Chilwell in £80m deal’

Manchester City want to sign Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell this summer, according to a report. Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is reportedly determined to bring Crystal Palace‘s Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Leicester City‘s Ben Chilwell to the Etihad Stadium in this summer’s transfer window. Wan-Bissaka has quickly developed into one of the best young defenders in Premier League football, with the 21-year-old putting in a string of impressive performances for the Eagles this term. Chilwell, meanwhile, has recently broken into the England set-up, but he only signed a new long-term contract with Leicester in the latter stages of 2018. According to The Sun, Guardiola has had both Wan-Bissaka and Chilwell watched in recent months...

How Manchester City could line up against Arsenal

Sports Mole looks at how Manchester City could line up against Arsenal in Sunday’s Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium. Manchester City will be looking for a quick response this weekend when they welcome Arsenal to the Etihad Stadium. The Citizens were beaten 2-1 by Newcastle United in midweek to see the gap on Premier League leaders Liverpool grow by a further point. Pep Guardiola‘s side now have three difficult matches to navigate in the space of a week, with games against Everton and Chelsea to follow this big showdown with Arsenal. Ahead of Sunday’s meeting in Manchester, Sports Mole looks at how the champions could line up. Out: Vincent Kompany (muscle), Claudio Bravo (Achilles)Doubtful: Ederson (leg), Benjamin Mendy (knee) City could be without Ederson for th...

Preview: Manchester City vs. Arsenal – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole provides team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of Sunday’s Premier League meeting between Manchester City and Arsenal. Manchester City have another chance to put some pressure on Premier League leaders Liverpool when they take on Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Citizens suffered a shock 2-1 loss at Newcastle United in their last outing and cannot afford to drop more points against their top-four challenging opponents. Manchester City © Reuters The midweek round of Premier League fixtures was supposed to be all about whether Liverpool would hold their nerve with Man City breathing down their neck. The champions had the advantage of playing 24 hours earlier in arguably an easier fixture on paper, yet the Reds ended Wednesday night another po...

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