Did anything important happen yesterday? Maybe a little too much. Let’s look at the headlines that had City supporters riding an emotional rollercoaster.
It looks like it’s a done deal, Petec21 was on it early in the day.
With City’s options limited and a rapidly closing transfer window, it has now been reported by several outlets, most notably the Manchester Evening News, that the former Real Madrid man has agreed terms with City, and the clubs now need to thrash out a deal that would see Ronaldo swap the black and white of Juventus for the blue of City.
The stumbling block is whether the blues will make any payment for the striker who, at 36, is showing no signs of slowing down. City are reluctant to meet Juve’s £21m fee and there have been suggestions that Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva or Aymeric Laporte will be used in any potential swap deal.
A move to actual Manchester will not only see Ronaldo work under Guardiola, but also infuriate United fans, with some on social media claiming he has betrayed them should the move actually materialise.
Has Ronaldo Agreed Terms With Manchester City? https://t.co/1aLtVQ6MQ1— Bitter and Blue (@BitterandBlue1) August 26, 2021
Freddie Pye reported on Di Marzio’s claim of terms being agreed.
As per the information of Gianluca Di Marzio, Manchester City have now offered Cristiano Ronaldo a two-year contract worth €14-15 million net per season.
The next step, according to Di Marzio, is that Cristiano Ronaldo himself has to decide what he wants to do in regards to his future.
However, at present, Manchester City currently do not want to pay Juventus any fee or entertain the idea of transferring Gabriel Jesus to Italy - with the Premier League champions now insistent on retaining the Brazilian.
Man City’s pursuit of Cristiano Ronaldo proves Pep Guardiola has one prize in mind this season - Anil Kandola - Manchester Evening News
The Evening News has an idea what’s in the works for City if they get their latest target to Manchester.
With rumours of Ronaldo’s Premier League return beginning to snowball, City’s pursuit of the Juventus man gives a clear indication of what boss Pep Guardiola’s main focus is this season - he wants the Champions League.
Painfully for City fans as well as Guardiola, the Champions League is the only trophy that has eluded them since the Spaniard took charge of the club in 2016. It’s also a prize that Guardiola, one of the greatest football managers of all time, hasn’t won for ten years .
It’s often been the case that in high-pressure, pivotal European moments, City have lacked the composure to get over the line and secure Champions League glory. At times it’s been the manager’s doing, other times it’s been the players’, but in moments like these, you look to your leaders.
A figure who will rally the troops, instill composure and step up when it matters most. The mind struggles to think of a player who has all of these attributes in abundance more so than Ronaldo.
Cristiano Ronaldo Has ‘Agreed Personal Terms’ With Manchester City Ahead Of Premier League Return - Jack Kenmare - sportbible.com
Kenmare reports that the City #7 shirt might just be available for Ronnie if Txiki can engineer an exit for Raheem.
Raheem Sterling trains ahead of England’s clash with Holland
In fact, reports in France suggest the 36-year-old and his entourage are “seeking to engineer” a transfer in the coming days.
Jack Grealish has made thoughts on Cristiano Ronaldo clear ahead of Man City transfer - Nathan Ridley - Mirror
Nathan Ridley dug up the twitter receipts on Grealish’s opinion of CR7. It seems like he might be pleased to play along side him.
As far back as December 2011 was when Grealish first made his feelings known to the world of Twitter, when the Lionel Messi-Ronaldo debate was hotting up.
‘Just found its El Classico next saturday... BOOM !!! Watch Ronaldo RIP up big time!! #TeamRonaldo,’ he tweeted before Ronaldo and co’s 2-1 victory at the Nou Camp.
He also picked up inspiration from the ex-Red Devils No.7 as he tweeted later that year: ‘“If you work hard in training, results will come on the pitch” - Cristiano Ronaldo.’
In April 2013, the youngster affirmed where he stood on the debate, tweeting: ‘What a shock! The man himself CRISTIANO RONALDO, WORLDS BEST PLAYER DOES IT AGAIN!!’
An awful, and more serious tale came out of Cheshire regarding Benjamin Mendy.
A statement issued by Cheshire Police read: “The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has authorised Cheshire Constabulary to charge a man in connection with allegations of sexual assault. Benjamin Mendy, aged 27, has been charged with four counts of rape and one count of sexual assault.
“The charges relate to three complainants over the age of 16 and are alleged to have taken place between October 2020 and August 2021. Mendy has been remanded in police custody and is set to appear at Chester Magistrates’ Court on Friday 27 August.
“Cheshire Constabulary and the Crown Prosecution Service would like to remind everyone that criminal proceedings against Mendy are live and that he has a right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice ongoing proceedings.”
Benjamin Mendy: Man City suspend left-back after being charged with rape and sexual assault - Sky Sports
Sky Sports gives us a synopsis of City’s statement on the Mendy proceedings.
In a statement, Manchester City said: “Manchester City can confirm that following his being charged by police today, Benjamin Mendy has been suspended pending an investigation.
“The matter is subject to a legal process and the club is therefore unable to make further comment until that process is complete.”
Since his arrival at City four years ago, injuries have limited his playing time, with the defender undergoing knee surgery in the 2018-19 season.
Mendy, who has played for France 10 times and won the World Cup in 2018, played against Tottenham on the opening weekend of the Premier League season but didn’t feature against Norwich last weekend.
City host Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday.
City look to be in the Group of Death at this year’s UCL group stage.
City will compete in Group A alongside Paris Saint-Germain, Red Bull Leipzig and Club Brugge.
City met PSG in last season’s Champions League semi-final after beating the French giants 2-1 in Paris and 2-0 at the Etihad.
We have never lost against PSG in European competition, winning three and drawing two of five matches played.
City have never competitively met our other group opponents - German side Red Bull Leipzig and Belgian champions Club Brugge - in European competition before.
France, Germany and Belgium - Manchester City Learn Champions League Fate - Petec21 - Bitter and Blue
Petec21 breaks gives us a first look at each opponent.
The blues were first out of the hat and went into Pot A, and were not so quickly followed by French side Paris St-Germain, meaning another trip to Manchester for Neymar and a reunification of Pep Guardiola and Lionel Messi, however it is still unclear whether Kylian Mbappe will still be a the club following a huge offer from Real Madrid.
The blues will also face a first ever matches against Germany’s RB Leipzig and Belgium’s Club Brugge as the draw was completed.
But the big match will be against PSG, who they beat en-route to the Champions League final last season. City have faced the French side five times in European competition and are yet to be beaten, winning three and drawing two.
France, Germany and Belgium - Manchester City Learn Champions League Fate https://t.co/nDXxMIbJBe— Bitter and Blue (@BitterandBlue1) August 26, 2021
And finally, Neil Leigh has the write-up on a City defender collecting a nice bit of European silverware. Well done Ruben.
Armed with strength, maturity, exceptional reading of the game and a superb turn of speed when needed, Dias also brought further leadership qualities to the City squad.
“I would like to say I am very happy to receive the award. It means a lot to me and I would like to say thank you to everyone who took part in it,” said Dias.
Dias’s latest award follows in the wake of a number of similar prestigious individual honours which he won earlier this year.
Ruben was named the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year, the Premier League Player of the Year and the Etihad Player of the Season to cap off what was a magnificent debut season at the Club.
Hold on to your hats. Today could get a little crazy. Check on your mates who are Reds, they are not okay.