Man City vs Lyon (Champions League) Team News: Aguero, Mendy, Dembele

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This is by far the best opportunity that Manchester City has ever had to lift “ol big ears.” Not only has City never previously won the UEFA Champions League tournament, they haven’t even reached the final.

The high water mark for them was 2016, when they reached the semi-finals. However, as manager Pep Guardiola has made it abundantly clear, multiple times, they’re in it to win it now. They take on Lyon, the side with the longest odds of winning it all, on Saturday, so let’s preview.

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Manchester United Transfer Talk: Sancho, Pogba, Lingard

Lots of Manchester United transfer items to cover this morning, so let’s just dive right on in. As you already know, the week began with a hammer blow to United’s hopes of landing their top target, Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho.

United and BVB couldn’t get a deal done before the Bundesliga side began training camp on Monday, and that marked the deadline day for Dortmund. Club Director Michael Zorc then declared Sancho to be a Dortmund player for this entire upcoming season, with the young English international making comments yesterday that echo his sentiment.

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Chelsea FC Transfer Talk: Tiemoue Bakayoko, Declan Rice

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Chelsea have been real active this transfer window with two signings, Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner, already in the bag. There have been reports, for awhile now that Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz is next. However, with no further developments to report regarding the German scoring sensation, let’s take a look at two other transfer narratives.

The first involves one of the biggest busts in Chelsea transfer history, a signing that was such a flop it’s almost in the same category at Manchester United acquiring Alexis Sanchez.

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Juan Mata Says Man United are ‘tired physically’ Right Now

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Juan Mata doesn’t have the same role with Manchester United that he used to, but the Spaniard is still one of the team’s veteran leaders. The former Chelsea man is further down the depth chart these days, but he’s still among the most reliable sound bites when it comes to assessing the current state of the team.

He says the Red Devils are feeling fatigue after putting in an extra work load on a very warm night in Germany on Monday. United needed extra time to best FC Copenhagen 1-0.

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Julen Lopetegui Calls Man United ‘biggest team in the world’

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Sevilla manager Julen Lopetegui is very excited about his club’s next game this weekend. “We are going to play against Manchester United in the next match,” he said of Sunday’s UEFA Europa League semifinal versus the Red Devils.

“They’re the biggest team in the world but we’re going to be prepared for them.” The winner takes on the victor of Inter Milan-Shakhtar Donetsk in the tournament final August 21.

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Tottenham Hotspur Transfer Talk: Hojberg, Walker-Peters

The Tottenham Hotspur summer transfer window got started on Tuesday as the north London club announced a new arrival, one of their players out on loan officially joined a new team on a permanent basis and chatter around the next potential target escalated.

Spurs officially introduced the arrival of Southampton FC midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojberg while defender Kyle Walker-Peters, who joined the south coast club on loan in January, became a member of Saints on a permanent basis.

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Man United Transfer Talk: Dembele, Chiesa, Jimenez

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It was the shot heard round the Manchester United transfer rumor world on Monday. Borussia Dortmund Director Michael Zorc put his foot down and said that Jadon Sancho is still a BVB player and will be for the entire season.

It was a hard line stance, and maybe it was taken as a negotiating tactic; or maybe it really is a final decision. Yesterday, at this link, we looked at some of the contingency plans for United. Today we’ll cover a few more. Clicked where highlighted for past articles on said player.

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Potential Positives if Man United Miss out on Jadon Sancho

You heard the edict yesterday from Borussia Dortmund Director Michael Zorc- Jadon Sancho remains with BVB for this season and the decision is final. Only the time between now and when the summer transfer window closes will tell if that hard line actually holds or not.

We’ve seen United been told their potential deal is off, only to pay up the massive amount the other clib demanded later (Harry Maguire). We’ve also seen Zorc pump his chest and declare “no sale” in public, only to cash out later in the same window (Ousmane Dembele). So we’ll see what happens.

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Man City Midfielder David Silva Moves Closer to Lazio Transfer

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David Silva is set to move to Serie A side Lazio, with an announcement expected once Manchester City’s Champions League campaign ends. That’s according to reports in Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport.

Having joined City in the summer of 2010, Silva became a key figure in the Citizens rise to the top over the past decade. The midfielder has made 39 appearances so far this season and scored six goals as well.

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Wolves vs Sevilla (UEL Quarterfinal Team News): Jonny, Podence, Gudelj

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Could we have an all-England Europa League semifinal? Yes, if Wolverhampton Wanderers pull off a mild upset and defeat Sevilla tomorrow night in the UEL quarters. And if Wolves win tomorrow night, and against United next Sunday, and then of course whomever lies in the match after that, we’ll have another English club playing European football next season.

Let’s break it all down, starting with the team news for both sides.

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Wolves vs Sevilla (Europa League Quarterfinals) Starting XI Predictions

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Sevilla vs Wolverhampton Wanderers on Tuesday night may prove to be the most exciting game of the UEFA Europa League quarterfinals. This is a match-up, at least on paper, which seems the most even of the round of eight.

“Anyone who watches a little football has already seen them play. I feel like they are very competitive and physical,” said Sevilla star Lucas Ocamps of his opponent tomorrow.

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Chelsea Winger Willian Undergoes Arsenal FC Medical

Chelsea attacking midfielder Willian has completed his Arsenal FC medical with a deal expected to be announced later this week, according to reports in the Evening Standard.

The 32-year-old joined Chelsea from Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala in 2013 and has played over 300 games, scoring more than 60 goals for the Blues. This season alone he contributed 11 goals in 47 appearances.

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