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Trending: City still want to sign Sanchez


Yaya Toure reflects on Ivory Coast snub

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Transfer Rater: Danilo to Manchester City


Transfer Rater: Matic to Arsenal

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Trending: Man City still want Alexis Sanchez as spending passes £200m

Jonathan Smith brings you the latest from Manchester City's pre-season tour in Los Angeles including their £120 million investment in full-backs.
The guys respond to your tweets about top prospects, Arsenal midfielders and pressure on Mourinho and Guardiola.

Tuesday's latest stories from the world of football in ESPN FC's What's Trending...

MAN CITY: City have completed the signing of Monaco full-back Benjamin Mendy from Monaco, with sources saying the deal could be worth up to £52 million -- a record for a defender -- and takes their spending past the £200m mark.

- City are still hopeful of signing Alexis Sanchez, but may be forced to switch their top attacking target if Arsenal maintain their position that he is not for sale.

- ESPN FC's...

'Sometimes you're not the king in your country' - Yaya Toure

Manchester City veteran Yaya Touré is a certified African legend, as his four CAF Player of the Year awards, two Premier League titles, two La Liga titles, one UEFA Champions League title, and one Africa Cup of Nations trophy all attest.

But despite his numerous accolades and awards, the former Ivory Coast star told KweséESPN during City's current ICC tour to the USA that he feels unappreciated in his homeland, hence his stance on remaining retired from international football.

The captain...

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Transfer Talk: Manchester City still eyeing Alexis Sanchez, Kylian Mbappe

Alexis Sanchez has made a habit of goal celebrations this season, but can he sustain that pace?
Manchester City feels encouraged by Alexis Sanchez's desire to play Champions League football next season.

The Mail reports that Manchester City, who wrapped up a move for Monaco defender Benjamin Mendy on Monday, want to turn their attention to attack and "are ready to take their astronomical outlay to another level by bidding for Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez or Monaco's Kylian Mbappe."

For more on Sanchez and Mbappe to Manchester City, as well as other rumours, check out Transfer Talk by clicking here.

Assessing Pep Guardiola's £120m overhaul of Manchester City's defence

Steve Nicol applauds Manchester City's signing of Benjamin Mendy to strengthen Pep Guardiola's defence.
Jonathan Smith brings you the latest from Manchester City's pre-season tour in Los Angeles including their £120 million investment in full-backs.
Manchester City's new signing, Danilo believes he can win both the Premier League and Champions League with the club.

Pep Guardiola now has plenty of options in Manchester City's defence and there will be strong competition for places when they kick off the Premier League season next month.

Benjamin Mendy (age 23, £52 million): The France international learned the art of fast-paced wide play from Marcelo Bielsa at Marseille and took his game on further at Monaco, helping them to the Ligue 1 title and Champions League semifinal and became one of the most exciting young left-backs in Europe.

Kyle Walker (27,...

Kompany gamble poised to pay off for Guardiola and Manchester City

Stewart Robson still questions whether or not Man City's defence will be up to the task this Premier League season.
Gab Marcotti and Shaka Hislop talk in depth about Manchester City and their prospects for the upcoming season.

Despite Manchester City's stellar forward line of Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus, Leroy Sane and the rest, Vincent Kompany could emerge as possibly the most important player to Pep Guardiola this season.

The City boss has decided not to spend heavily on a new front-line central defender and is set to make the Belgium captain the cornerstone of his new-look back four. It's a gamble given the 31-year-old's recent injury record, but could pay out huge dividends if Kompany can hold things together.


 By Simon Curtis

Man City's spending on full-backs in line with Pep Guardiola's philosophy

Gab Marcotti and Shaka Hislop talk in depth about Manchester City and their prospects for the upcoming season.
Pep Guardiola is lost for words after watching 17-year-old Phil Foden star in his first-team debut with Manchester City.
Pep Guardiola reveals Aleksandar Kolarov is close to moving to Roma and admits Manchester City need full-backs.

Pep Guardiola's wishes are coming true, as brick by brick he is being allowed to assemble an expensive new Manchester City side. From a squad that could and maybe should have been disassembled a year or two earlier, the rejuvenation is now in full swing.

People will gasp at the amounts being spent, but City have held on to many players until they were not fit for purpose and are now being punished for not acting sooner. The market always sees City coming, but this summer's obvious needs...