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What. the Hell. Happened?

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Yesterday did not go how many Man City supporters thought it would go. It was a strange and painful day indeed. Let’s take a look back at the news that mattered from Friday.

Cristiano Ronaldo set for Manchester United return after Man City rule out transfer - Stuart Brennan - Manchester Evening News

The story of the day by a mile. Brennan has the details of how it all fell apart.

City sources say that Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes offered the player to them, but after looking at it as a possible option following the collapse of their pursuit of Harry Kane, have not gone any further.

City’s examination of the possibility did not get as far as being a definite plan, and they today pulled the plug on the chances.

United responded to the news of City’s interest and are now in prime position to step in and take him back to Old Trafford 12 years after he left to join Real Madrid.

Cristiano Ronaldo: Manchester United reach agreement with Juventus to re-sign forward - Dan Sansom - Sky Sports

Sansom of Sky Sports brought us news of United making it twitter-official.

United have agreed to pay Juventus around €15m (£12.87m) plus a further €8m (£6.86m) in add-ons for the 36-year-old, who is set to sign a two-year contract after personal terms are finalised.

Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes said on Friday afternoon his client’s return to United was very close to being confirmed and the club officially announced the news shortly before 5pm.

“Manchester United is delighted to confirm that the club has reached agreement with Juventus for the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo, subject to agreement of personal terms, visa and medical,” a United statement read.

Cristiano Ronaldo Deal Collapses as United Swoop In - Thomas Duck - Bitter and Blue

Yours truly had the Bitter and Blue angle. I may have been in my feelings for this one.

Just 24 hours ago, it seemed that City were going to Ronaldo after missing out on a deal for Harry Kane. Now that both deals have fallen through, one can only view this transfer window as a failure. The signing of Jack Grealish was wonderful, but not enough to offset the sting of these two negotiating defeats.

The blame lies squarely at the feet of the Manchester City board. Txiki Bergstein and Fernando Soriano must shoulder the bulk of this failure. With just four days left in the summer transfer window, it would be truly difficult to find a deal that would lessen the sting for City fans.


City did make a signing on the Women’s side. Kennedy signs for City!!

A seasoned international for her homeland too having made her debut for the Matildas in 2012 against New Zealand, she is fast approaching a century of caps and has featured for them in several tournaments including the last two FIFA Women’s World Cups.

Kennedy has also been a part of Australia’s women’s football teams at the 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games, recently helping them to a fourth-place finish in Tokyo.

The Australian has now put pen to paper on a two-year contract with City however that will see her remain at the Academy Stadium until the summer of 2023, with her wearing the No.33 shirt for the coming campaign.

Alanna Kennedy Signs for Manchester City - Saul Garcia - Bitter and Blue

Saul gives a quote from the player and his take on the former Tottenham defender.

A good and dynamic player who is also capable of playing in midfield, the 26-year-old has spent the majority of her career so far in her native Australia with the likes of Sydney FC, Newcastle Jets and Perth Glory alongside stints in America with Western New York Flash and Orlando Pride.

She joins as City mount a vey strong team chasing the FAWSL title and UWCL.

She spoke about the move-

“I’m super excited – it’s an amazing Club, and I’m just honoured to be a part of it.

“Obviously Manchester City as a whole is amazing and they’re known across the globe, but also I think just the style of football that’s played here will suit me personally.

“I want to help the team any way that I can, but what attracted me to it mostly is just the brand of football that they play here as it’s incredible to watch.”

Welcome, Alanna!


Fitness report from John Edwards at the club.

The midfielder returned from EURO 2020 with an injury before making an 11-minute cameo off the bench on the opening day against Tottenham Hotspur, but has since suffered a setback and has been left out of the Belgium squad for next month’s World Cup qualifiers.

“He is getting better but still is not fit,” Guardiola explained at his pre-match press conference.

Phil Foden is City’s only other expected absentee as he continues to recover from the injury he experienced whilst representing England this summer.

Confirmed Team News & Injury Updates - Manchester City vs Arsenal (Premier League) - Sangam Desai - City Xtra

We head to City Xtra for the injury news from the Gunners.

Arsenal’s latest £50 million centre-back addition Ben White will be unavailable for this fixture after testing positive for COVID-19 during a recent mini-outbreak at the club.

The Gunners are hoping Bukayo Saka will be fit for Saturday’s trip to the Etihad Stadium after the teenager suffered a blow during Wednesday’s win over West Brom, and was due to be assessed on Thursday.

However, Arteta will surely be without both Eddie Nketiah and Thomas Partey due to ankle issues.

Kayky: the Brazilian football prodigy on his way to Manchester City - Josué Seixas and Tom Sanderson - The Guardian

Kayky speeds up his arrival to Manchester. Might the teenager be destined for first-team minutes?

The transfer marks a shift in approach for the Premier League champions. Manchester City are now going down the Real Madrid route of snapping up young talents from Brazil before they have fully developed. The club have also signed 18-year-old midfielder Diego Rosa – who is currently on loan at Lommel, City’s sister club in Belgium – and the U17 World Cup-winning right-back Yan Couto, who has been sent on loan to Girona, another club under the City umbrella. While Real Madrid paid £40m to sign Vinicius Jr and £39m for Rodrygo, City seem to have pulled off a bargain, handing over an initial £8m for Kayky, with add-ons depending on how he progresses.

The teenager, who can play on either wing but tends to start on the right and cut inside on his left foot – hence the moniker “the left-footed Neymar” – has realised the dream of most Brazilian teenagers. But, according to his parents Demir and Monica, his heart was initially set on another profession. “He has always wanted to be a paediatrician but, because he was a hyperactive child, we wished for him to spend his energy by practising a sport. As he always went to the football stadium with his father since he was two years old, he ended up becoming enchanted by football and his birthday gifts started to become balls, kits and themed parties.”

Manchester City set to enter the race for Bundesliga star next summer - Rohan Sengupta - Man City Square

And finally, Man City Square are already focused on a striker target for next summer’s transfer window.

Sport’s Patrick Berger claims the result of Kane staying put at Spurs could now open the door to a host of options for Manchester City next summer—including Borussia Dortmund centre-forward Erling Haaland.

Erling Haaland, 21, is among one of the world’s most coveted strikers, having enjoyed a meteoric rise in stock since his January 2020 move from Red Bull Salzburg to Borussia Dortmund.

The Norwegian international scored a mindboggling 41 goals in 41 appearances in all competitions for Borussia Dortmund and helped them win the DFB Pokal last season.

That’s it for today. Follow me on twitter @duckman4real and come interact during the match. C’mon City!!