Welcome in for your daily dose of all the latest from around the world of City. We take a look at the latest before gearing up for the Saturday matchup with Norwich City.
With the opener in the rearview, City continue their pursuit of Harry Kane.
Manchester City pushing ahead with Harry Kane transfer, willing to break British transfer fee record again - sources - Rob Dawson - ESPN
With the close of the transfer window fast approaching, City are said to be putting the press on.
City have just over two weeks to complete the deal before the transfer window shuts on Aug. 31, and there are plans to test Spurs’ resolve to keep the England captain.
Tottenham value Kane, who has three years left on his contract, at more than £150 million. Although privately City have suggested they will not meet the asking price for his rights, sources have told ESPN they would be willing to break the British transfer record for a second time this summer after having already paid £100m to sign Jack Grealish from Aston Villa.
They could go as high as £120m plus add-ons for Kane, but there has so far been little encouragement from Spurs that an offer in that region would be accepted.
Manchester City lack a ruthless streak and know Harry Kane can provide it - Jacob Steinberg - The Guardian
Steinberg pushes the idea that Kane will add the missing ingredient for Pep Guardiola’s side. But would waiting for Haaland next summer be the better course of action?
Perhaps losing to Spurs will increase City’s resolve to pay £160m for Kane. There is a piece missing in this expensively assembled jigsaw at the moment, one that the England captain would be delighted to fill, and it would send a resounding message to the chasing pack if City manage to convince Levy to part with his biggest asset.
Pep Guardiola shows his frustration on Sunday as Manchester City started their title defence with a limp 1-0 defeat at Tottenham.
Then again, this is Guardiola, the world’s foremost collector of attacking midfielders. Chances are City’s manager could think back to how his team began last season so slowly that they were ninth on 12 December, only to canter away with the title after waking up after Christmas.
They managed it without a recognised striker in their best line-up, often using De Bruyne as a false nine, and it would not be a surprise if Guardiola decides to stick with that formula. It got him to the Champions League final and another consideration is that City could decide that waiting a year before going for Borussia Dortmund’s 21-year-old sensation, Erling Haaland, would be a better long-term plan than throwing everything at Kane, a 28-year-old with a worrying fitness record.
On the Women’s side of city, Janine Beckie is excited to link up with the new additions upon her return from Tokyo.
ManCity.com’s Caroline Oatway caught up with the Olympic Champion to get her take on the new signings.
Beckie, who won a gold medal with Canada at the Olympics, says she cannot wait to return to Manchester and meet her new teammates and is relishing the prospect of working with them.
“As a forward, I’m already rubbing my hands together to have that midfield behind me!” she smiled.
“Vicky Losada is a legend. She’s been incredibly successful with Barcelona and she’s a Spanish national team player.
“She’s someone a lot of people would look at and think: ‘I’d be lucky to play alongside her.’
“Bunny is a fantastic player – a fabulous finisher and a strong asset. She’s definitely the missing piece we needed in the team and I’m super excited to play with her.
Man City already face two weeks that could define their season after Tottenham defeat - Joe Bray - Manchester Evening News
Joe Bray outlines the importance of City bouncing back after their opening defeat. No time to panic, but improvement must be swift.
Last season showed that a gap like that means nothing, but there would have been better teams to lose to on the opening day. The task now, regardless of fitness issues, will be to ensure that one game dropping points doesn’t turn into three or four like last season.
Guardiola was philosophical about the Spurs result after the game, repeating his claim that City need time to build up their fitness. And when they do, they’ll be able to control games much better than they did at Tottenham.
European Super League: Six Premier clubs that joined breakaway return to European Club Association - Sky Sports
The Super league suffered a huge blow with City and 7 of the other breakaway clubs returning to the European Club Association.
The ECA said in a statement: “The ECA executive board took into consideration the clubs’ acknowledgement that the so-called European Super League project was not in the interests of the wider football community and their publicly communicated decisions to abandon said ESL project completely.
“The ECA board also acknowledged the clubs’ stated willingness to engage actively with ECA in its collective mission to develop European club football in the open and transparent interests of all, not the few.
“This decision of the ECA board marks the end of a regrettable and turbulent episode for European football and aligns with ECA’s relentless focus to strengthen unity in European football.”
The Curious Case of Benjamin Mendy and Nathan Ake at Manchester City - Emmanuel Odey - Bitter and Blue
Finally, our own Emmanuel Odey looks at two players who jumped off the screen Sunday for all the wrong reasons. The signs may have been there all along for Ake.
When Chelsea refused to trigger their buyback clause on Nathan Ake last summer, it was for a good reason. The Netherlands defender was not considered good enough, even by Frank Lampard.
But Manchester City were desperate for a centre-back after losing their title to Liverpool due to defensive frailties. Ake benefited from the opportunity due to his Premier League experience.
But how Bournemouth was able to extract £40m for a player that was just not made for a top side like City remains a mystery. That’s because no other top team in Europe seriously wanted him. So there was no competition for his signature. So why would City pay so much?
Well, that’s what happens when you’re desperate. At the time, Ruben Dias’ deal was far from certain. If the Portuguese had been secured first, the club may have thought twice about Ake.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Mendy and Nathan Ake at Manchester City https://t.co/rvSpBdfobI— Bitter and Blue (@BitterandBlue1) August 16, 2021
That’s the news for now. Check back tomorrow as we begin the ramp up to the weekend!