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 By David Mooney

Man City's UCL adventure comes too soon for Iheanacho and Roberts

ESPN FC's Stevie Nicol thinks Manchester City's stellar start is more than just a fluke; he says manager Manuel Pellegrini's transfers this summer have all made sense.
Kelechi Iheanacho has missed out on the City squad.

Manchester City may now be relatively free of the constraints placed upon them by their punishment under the financial fair play regulations, but -- as the club announced its Champions League squad for the group stage of this season's competition -- there actually seems to be little change in how they're setting up. Perhaps this shows how ineffectual the reduction in squad size was for the last campaign, or perhaps it's more a demonstration of astuteness on the club's part to cope.

Either way, Manuel...

 By Nick Miller

Hazard, Terry and Costa just as crucial in title race as De Bruyne and Sterling

The ESPN FC crew rates the winners and losers of the transfer window.

The end of the transfer window is a time for everyone in football, from fans to those making deals, to take a deep breath and relax.

It's a time to assess who bought well, where the gaps in each squad are and whether players who thought they were leaving can be reintegrated.

Enhancing squads with new signings is an incredibly important part of life in the Premier League, but this season it looks likely the title will be decided by how well players who were already around perform, rather than by...

 By Simon Curtis

Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne boost Man City's title hopes

The ESPN FC crew discuss Kevin De Bruyne's arrival at Manchester City and debate whether he will be a success at the Etihad.

With the transfer window closed, it's time to look at Manchester City's ins and outs and whether manager Manuel Pellegrini can be pleased with his summer business.


Kevin de Bruyne (Wolfsburg, £54 million); Raheem Sterling (Liverpool, £49m); Nicolas Otamendi (Valencia, £32m); Patrick Roberts (Fulham, £8 m); Fabian Delph (Aston Villa, £8 million); Enes Unal (Bursaspor, £2m).


Marcus Lopes (Monaco, £7.5 million); Scott Sinclair (Aston Villa, £2.5m);...

Manchester City lead Premier League transfer grades after brilliant summer

As the transfer window shuts, the ESPN FC panel take a look back at Arsenal and Manchester United's inability to secure a marquee signing, Chelsea's new additions, Kevin De Bruyne joining Manchester City to bolster Manuel Pellegrini's attack and much more

With the summer transfer window finally done and dusted, ESPN FC grades all 20 Premier League clubs based on how they fared in their dealings.

Manchester City - A+

Winners of the window and, consequently, now strong favourites to be winners of the title. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho spoke recently of how City "reacted" to his team winning the league in the way the London side itself did last season, but it was more than that.

This was more than a reaction. It was precise and rational business,...

 By Simon Curtis

Is Kevin De Bruyne the final piece of the puzzle for Manchester City?

The 24-year-old Belgian midfielder joins Manchester City from the German side of Wolfsburg for a reported £54m.

Spending £54 million on Wolfsburg's Kevin De Bruyne is small change for Manchester City's owners, and although he arrives with an abundance of talent and a raft of recommendations from across the Bundesliga, his move to the Etihad raises a few pertinent questions.

First, what will happen to Samir Nasri and Jesus Navas? The Frenchman in particular is likely to see his place in jeopardy after the arrival of De Bruyne, whose move to Manchester was the culmination of months of transfer talk, claim...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

FC Talking Points: UCL chances, league favorites, transfer best, Jozy Altidore

The ESPN FC team debate which of the major european clubs are most in danger of missing out on the knockout round. A certain UCL finalist is leading the conversation.

Football always inspires debate, and this weekend was no exception. Here are five burning questions on the ESPN FC radar.

Vote and comment below or on Twitter using the hashtag #FCtalkingpoints.

Manchester United qualified for the Champions League group stage on Wednesday beating Club Brugge 4-0 in the second leg, and the groups were drawn on Thursday with four Premier League clubs making the final 32.

Which Premier League club has the best chance to advance?

With just hours to go in the summer transfer window, here's a look at how Premier League...