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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...

ESPN FC  By Dale Johnson

How does Arsenal's spending compare to the top six? Get your calculators out

ESPN FC's Ross Dyer analyses how both Arsenal and Chelsea conduct their transfer business after Jose Mourinho commented on the Gunners squad and spending.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says his Premier League rivals are now the ones attempting to buy their way to glory, a charge that used to levelled at the Blues.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is already ramping up the mind games and we're still a little under two weeks from the start of the Premier League season.

Indeed, with Chelsea set to take on Arsenal at Wembley on Sunday in the Community Shield, rival manager Arsene Wenger has already become the focus of his attention.

"If you add up the amounts clubs have spent in the last three or four years I think maybe you will find a surprise," Mourinho said, in an obvious attempt to add pressure on the Gunners...

 By David Mooney

Manuel Pellegrini right to sell Stevan Jovetic after failing to impress at City

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.
Stevan Jovetic had an injury-hit two years at Manchester City before the club lost patience with him.

Stevan Jovetic will be remembered at Manchester City for his awful dress sense, Instagram posts and being injured.

The most disappointing aspect of his move to Inter Milan is the feeling he could have thrived at City had he not been injured so often. But he's been unavailable for so long, you can't blame Manuel Pellegrini for not trusting him anymore.

When the Montenegrin first arrived in the summer of 2013, it was as part of an exciting new line-up. He joined the club with Fernandinho, Alvaro Negredo...

 By Michael Cox

Samir Nasri talks to ESPN FC about Man City, Manuel Pellegrini, Marseille

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has said that Raheem Sterling is capable of playing in a number of positions, and that Yaya Toure still has an important role to play in the team.
Manchester City had reason to celebrate a first ever Premier League win at Stoke's Britannia Stadium.
Samir Nasri is primed for a strong season in 2015-16 after Man City's last campaign ended without a league title.

Manchester City's Samir Nasri is highly unusual among modern footballers, for two very different reasons.

First, he's forthcoming with opinions. This is a player who, for example, who was confronted by paparazzi while on holiday in Los Angeles this summer and ended up having a discussion about the FIFA crisis, one in which he welcomed FBI intervention. Few other footballers dared utter a word about the saga.

Second, Nasri is a relentless football watcher. One of the notable things about professional...