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 By David Mooney

Edin Dzeko frustrated and delighted but was key in Man City's title wins

The ESPN FC crew give their opinions on who will win the Premier League this season, and while predictions vary, everyone agrees that Chelsea will be the side to beat.
Manchester City look ready to part ways with Edin Dzeko, as a 20 million Euro bid from Roma seems imminent.

Edin Dzeko's career at Manchester City is living proof that physicist Erwin Schrodinger was correct when he said that things can exist in directly contradictory states at the same time. The footballing equivalent of his cat has been the Bosnian who, over the past four-and-a-half seasons, has been both brilliant and frustrating at the same time.

There's no getting away from it; when Dzeko is good he's almost unplayable, but when he's bad he's downright awful. Nearly all the time, though, he will score...

 By Simon Curtis

Manchester City can fix defence without dropping Vincent Kompany

The ESPN FC crew give their opinions on who will win the Premier League this season, and while predictions vary, everyone agrees that Chelsea will be the side to beat.

The Manchester Evening News offered its readers a choice of six different centre-back combinations for the start of the season in an online poll Monday. It is perhaps a sign of the times that the sixth option might well be worth dwelling on longest after a strangely unfulfilling preseason for the club.

That sixth option involves the pairing of steady Martin Demichelis with young gun Jason Denayer and there's something to be said about it. Vincent Kompany's injury-ravaged 2014-15 season does not tell...

 By Simon Curtis

Manuel Pellegrini in final preparation to get Man City on the title trail

Manuel Pellegrini insists Raheem Sterling will justify his £49 million fee this season at Manchester City.

Although it would seem Manchester City's spending has not yet finished this summer, manager Manuel Pellegrini will be closing in on his chosen side for the season opener at West Brom on Monday Aug. 10

Being once again selected for the first Monday night fixture of the season means the Blues will start from the very first game of the campaign playing catch-up on the rest of the runners and riders. While the psychological effect after one game can only be minimal, City will already know they need...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Manchester City, Manchester United trying to beat Chelsea to John Stones?

ESPN FC's Dan Thomas and Craig Burley discuss the recent reports that Everton have turned down another Chelsea bid for John Stones.

As always, Transfer Talk has its finger on the pulse when it comes to all the latest rumours and gossip. See all the latest deals here.

TOP STORY: City, United join Chelsea chase for Stones

With sources telling ESPN FC on Wednesday that Chelsea have seen an improved bid of £26 million for John Stones rejected by Everton, the Mirror reports that Manchester City are ready to join the race for the 21-year-old centre-back.

While City would reportedly rather let Stones have another full season...

 By David Mooney

Man City Premier League campaign will hinge on defensive improvement

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says he expects Raheem Sterling to show he is worth the 49 million pounds the club paid for him, after the forward grabbed another two goals in preseason.

It's understandable that confidence has returned to Manchester City supporters ahead of the 2015-16 season. The disappointments of the previous campaign have been swallowed in a wave of optimism, which began to arrive as the club announced the signings of Raheem Sterling and Fabian Delph.

The former seemed to be the answer to offensive problems encountered in Manuel Pellegrini's poor title defence. The side frequently looked like it couldn't break down opponents, and they had an alarming lack of...

 By Simon Curtis

Pellegrini under pressure at Man City with Guardiola spectre looming

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says he expects Raheem Sterling to show he is worth the 49 million pounds the club paid for him, after the forward grabbed another two goals in preseason.

Manuel Pellegrini is under pressure before a ball has been kicked in anger in this season's Premier League. And the pressure is coming from three major sources: from himself, from the club's owners and from the national press.

That the stakes are high this season for the Chilean is without doubt. After a superb start to his City career, where insufficient praise came his way for claiming two trophies in his first season, 2014-15 represented something of a disappointment.

Having secured the Premier...