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There’s a lot to dive into this Tuesday, So let’s get right in to it.

Man City Suffer Major Blow in Harry Kane Pursuit Following Fresh Update on Tottenham Chief’s Stance - Brandon Evans - City Xtra

Evans details the report the Spurs‘ president is still very much against offloading his most valuable player.

The reigning champions have worryingly seen their goal-scoring proficiency experience a marked downturn across the previous twelve months, and it is understood that Pep Guardiola views Kane as the man to help reverse this trend.

However, despite Harry Kane’s desire to leave Spurs this summer and to ply his trade for Guardiola’s Sky Blues, the North London club are reluctant to allow their star player to

As reported by Matt Law of The Daily Telegraph, Manchester City remain determined to acquire the services of Harry Kane, however, the source notes that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is ‘determined’ not to be forced into selling Kane during the ongoing transfer window.

Transfer Rumours: Arsenal Striker On Manchester City’s Radar? - Petec21 - Bitter and Blue

We get an alternative to Kane from our fearless leader Petec21.

According to the Daily Mirror, City will make a final attempt to persuade Spurs chairman Daniel Levy to allow the England striker to move north, but if that proves unsuccessful, manager Pep Guardiola could turn his attention towards Aubameyang.

The Gunners have spent heavily over the summer and Aubameyang, who wasn’t including in the Arsenal squad to face Brentford on the opening day of the season, may now be surplus to requirements at the Emirates.

The Gabon striker came on as a 61st minute substitution during Arsenal’s 2-0 home defeat to Chelsea and has been tipped to become the latest Arsenal player to ditch North London for Manchester.

The strange morphing of Gabriel Jesus at Man City and why he’s not Sergio Aguero’s heir - Stuart Brennan - Manchester Evening News

Brennan puts to voice what many of us have bee feeling for some time. Play Gabby on the wing! And maybe Pep finally agrees.

But two years on, Jesus seems to have morphed back into a wide player, a classic right winger who can also do a shift on the left, rather than the heir to Sergio Aguero ’s goalscoring legacy.

No other players with better strike rates than Alan Shearer have ever been dubbed ‘not natural goalscoring strikers’ and left out of their teams for long spells, as Jesus was last season.

The 24-year-old staked his claim by coming up with three assists from the right, as the Blues got their season up and running with a 5-0 thrashing of Norwich on Saturday.

And that brought what appeared to be a hint from manager Pep Guardiola that the berth is his until Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden, Bernardo Silva or one of the other City attacking talents, can displace him.

“He deserves to continue playing,” said Guardiola after praising Jesus’ man of the match contribution to the heavens. That sounds like Jesus might already be on the manager’s mental teamsheet for next Saturday’s clash with Arsenal, but at City “deserves to play” and “does play” are rarely the same thing, such is the competition.

MONDAY MARKER: YOUR GUIDE TO CITY’S WEEK AHEAD - George Kelsey - ManCity.com

It’s a big week for City. The Men’s side will get their Champions League group draw in hust two days.

THURSDAY

Champions League group stage draw

26 August, 18:00 (CET)

Manchester City will learn who we face in the UEFA Champions League group stages on Thursday evening.

The 2021/22 group stage draw ceremony begins at 18:00 (CET) and is being held in Istanbul, Turkey.

Pep Guardiola’s men make up a 26-strong contingent of teams to have qualified automatically for this stage of the competition and will be joined by the six play-off winners from the two-legged qualifying rounds.

The boss and midfielder Kevin De Bruyne could also be awarded the UEFA Men’s Coach of the Year and UEFA Men’s 2020/21 Player of the Year during the ceremony, having been shortlisted for each of the respective awards.

Matchday One for this season’s Champions League is scheduled for Tuesday 14-Wednesday 15 September.

Manchester City Women Learn Champions League Fate - Petec21 - Bitter and Blue

The women have their next European foe as well.

Manchester City Women will face off against Real Madrid in round 2 of the Champions League as they look to reach the group stage of the competition.

The revamped Women’s Champions League will now see the usual 16 team knock-out stage replaced by a 16-team group stage and City, who finished runners up in the WSL last season, will need to navigate past the Spanish side to feature in the new style competition.

The draw took place on Sunday afternoon and our blue girls will be eager to join Chelsea in the group stage. The blues were knocked out of last season’s competition by eventual winners Barcelona, who beat Chelsea 4-0 in the final.

CITY REVEAL ANDY SCOTT AS SCULPTOR COMMISSIONED TO CREATE STATUES OF CLUB LEGENDS - ManCity.com

The Kompany and Silva sculptures are to be unveiled before the Arsenal match.

Uniquely, the Kompany and Silva projects have been conducted entirely remotely from Scott’s securing the commission in June 2020, through to creation, completion and transportation of the pieces, which arrived on schedule in Manchester from Philadelphia in August 2021.

The statues of Kompany and Silva are to be installed outside the Club’s Etihad Stadium ahead of this weekend’s fixture against Arsenal, with Aguero’s tribute to follow in 2022, after his departure from the club this summer.

The legacy project was announced by Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak following the departure in Summer 2019 of Vincent Kompany, the Club’s most successful captain in its 127-year history.

The decision to honour the three players was based on their unparalleled contribution to the Club’s transformation over their combined thirty-one years at the club.

Leaked: Vincent Kompany and David Silva Statues Ahead of Official Club Unveiling - Freddie Pye - City Xtra

Freddie Pye of City Xtra caught a glimpse of the Etihad’s latest add-ons on twitter.

It was revealed that the appointment of Andy Scott followed an ‘exhaustive selection process’ that began in March 2020, and the first two of the three statues will be revealed this weekend.

Ahead of the official unveiling, two photos of the statues have been leaked on social media on Monday morning, however it is important to note that the images were taken while the figures remained under construction.

As shared by Twitter user @djwskyblu, Vincent Kompany and David Silva’s statues have been pictured while under construction and the pair will be captured in steel by the aforementioned acclaimed sculptor, Andy Scott.

Thanks for stopping by. That’s all for today. We’re back at it tomorrow as we get ready for the Gunners.