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Benjamin Mendy: It’s a dream to play in the Premier League – video

Manchester City’s latest signing Benjamin Mendy says he has dreamed of playing in the Premier League since he was a child. The full-back joins City from Monaco on a five-year contract in a deal worth £52m, a world record fee for a defender. ‘I bring a lot of creativity to the game,’ the Frenchman says

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Manchester City sign £52m Benjamin Mendy to take spending over £200m

• Mendy signs five-year contract from Monaco
• Transfer fee is world record for a defender

Manchester City have announced the signing of Benjamin Mendy from Monaco on a five-year contract for a fee of around £52m (€57.5m). The France international had been identified as a key target by Pep Guardiola following the departure of left-back Gaël Clichy, while Aleksandar Kolarov also left for Roma last week.

Mendy came through Le Havre’s youth system before a move to Marseille in 2013. The 23-year-old switched to Monaco last summer for £11m where he established himself as one of the best full-backs in world football with his powerful and direct style of play, during a season in which the club claimed the French title and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League.

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If Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are to succeed, Ederson needs to hit ground running

City suffered for the wrong choice of goalkeeper last season and Guardiola’s hopes will be compromised if Claudio Bravo’s inexperienced replacement does not prove worth the £34.9m outlay

The success of Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City tenure could hinge on a 23-year-old goalkeeper who is untested in English football and has only one full season behind him at a major Portuguese club.

Ederson Santana de Moraes was bought for £34.9m from Benfica this summer. The size of a fee close to the world record for his position indicates two things: how good the Brazilian is believed to be and how keenly Guardiola wishes to remedy his problem at No1.

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Manchester City seal signing of Real Madrid right-back Danilo for £26.5m

• Brazilian joins after arrival of Tottenham full-back Kyle Walker
• Danilo: ‘It has always been my ambition to play for Pep Guardiola’

Manchester City have completed the signing of Real Madrid’s Danilo on a five-year contract for a fee of £26.5m after the two clubs reached an agreement over the transfer of the Brazilian defender in midweek.

The 26-year-old will join up with his new team-mates on their tour of the United States after agreeing personal terms and passing his medical at the Premier League club. Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola views Danilo as a versatile player, who can operate at left-back and in defensive midfield, as well as at right-back.

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Benjamin Mendy set to join Manchester City from Monaco in record £52m deal

• France left-back set for medical ahead of proposed move
• Mendy set to become most expensive defender in history

Manchester City have agreed a fee of €57.5m (£52m) with Monaco for Benjamin Mendy, with the France international set for a medical this week ahead of his proposed move. Pep Guardiola had identified the 23-year-old left-back as one of his transfer priorities at the end of last season following the departure of Gaël Clichy but City saw three bids turned down for the player who only joined Monaco last season for £11m.

Related: PSG increasingly confident of signing Neymar and Alexis Sánchez

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Romelu Lukaku no Messi but he’ll thrive at Old Trafford, says Kevin De Bruyne

• Lukaku has scored in Manchester United’s last two US tour matches
• ‘He has his way of playing. He’s a big physical guy and that can be awesome’

Romelu Lukaku should not be compared to Lionel Messi but will be a highly successful signing for Manchester United, according to Kevin De Bruyne, his Belgium team-mate.

Related: Ederson makes inglorious start as Manchester United account for City

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Mourinho and Guardiola content after Manchester United’s win over City – video

Manchester United manager José Mourinho says he is satisfied with his side’s 2-0 win in the pre-season meeting with Manchester City on Thursday night in Houston. Goals from Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford sealed the victory for United in the first Manchester derby to be played on foreign soil. City manager Guardiola is also pleased with his team’s showing despite the loss

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Ederson makes inglorious start as Manchester United account for City

  • Manchester United 2-0 Manchester City in Houston
  • Romelu Lukaku scores in front of 67,401 American fans

The latest edition of a fixture first played in 1881 was the story of an unimpressive debut from Ederson, the £34.69m-priced goalkeeper, who was culpable for each of Manchester United’s strikes.

Errors are a feature of close season football and Ederson may make more. Yet given Manchester City’s travails with No1s under Pep Guardiola the hope will be the Brazilian settles quickly.

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Ederson makes inglorious start as Manchester United account for City

  • Manchester United 2-0 Manchester City in Houston
  • Romelu Lukaku scores in front of 67,401 American fans

The latest edition of a fixture first played in 1881 was the story of an unimpressive debut from Ederson, the £34.69m-priced goalkeeper, who was culpable for each of Manchester United’s strikes.

Errors are a feature of close season football and Ederson may make more. Yet given Manchester City’s travails with No1s under Pep Guardiola the hope will be the Brazilian settles quickly.

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Manchester United v Manchester City: pre-season friendly – live!

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Bryan will be here shortly, in the meantime here’s the latest on Man City’s summer:

Manchester City are one of four clubs, including Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid, whom Monaco are threatening to report for allegedly making an unauthorised approach to Kylian Mbappé.

Monaco’s move reveals City are targeting the 18-year-old forward, considered one of Europe’s finest young players.

Related: Manchester City among clubs accused by Monaco of tapping up Kylian Mbappé

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Manchester City among clubs accused by Monaco of tapping up Kylian Mbappé

• Monaco threaten to report clubs to Fifa, alleging unauthorised approaches
• PSG and Real Madrid also accused in battle to sign highly regarded forward

Manchester City are one of four clubs, with Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid two others, Monaco are threatening to report to Fifa for allegedly making an unauthorised approach to Kylian Mbappé.

The move reveals that City are targeting the 18-year-old forward, considered one of Europe’s finest young players.

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Manchester City’s £44.5m bid for Benjamin Mendy rejected by Monaco

• Monaco demand fee closer to the £50m plus add-ons paid for Kyle Walker
• City still confident they will reach a deal to take full-back to Etihad Stadium

Manchester City have had a €50m (£44.5m) bid for Monaco’s left-back Benjamin Mendy rejected, with the French club demanding closer to the £50m-plus deal paid to Tottenham Hotspur for the right-back Kyle Walker.

It is understood City are confident of sealing the transfer of Mendy and will return with a higher offer. The 23-year-old was due to have a medical on Tuesday but haggling over his final fee could not be resolved in time.

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Manchester City set to sign Real Madrid right-back Danilo for £26.5m

• City reach agreement with European champions for full-back

• Brazilian set to challenge Kyle Walker for place in starting XI

Manchester City are set to sign their second right-back in a week with Real Madrid’s Danilo on the verge of following in Kyle Walker’s footsteps and joining Pep Guardiola’s side. City have reached an agreement with Real to sign the 26-year-old for €30m (£26.5m) with a potential €5m in add-ons.

Related: Transfer window 2017 – every deal in Europe’s top five leagues

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Manchester City set to sign Real Madrid right-back Danilo for £26.5m

• City reach agreement with European champions for full-back

• Brazilian set to challenge Kyle Walker for place in starting XI

Manchester City are set to sign their second right-back in a week with Real Madrid’s Danilo on the verge of following in Kyle Walker’s footsteps and joining Pep Guardiola’s side. City have reached an agreement with Real to sign the 26-year-old for €30m (£26.5m) with a potential €5m in add-ons.

Related: Transfer window 2017 – every deal in Europe’s top five leagues

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Joe Hart joins West Ham on season-long loan from Manchester City

• Goalkeeper keen to secure regular football ahead of World Cup
• Hart spent last season at Torino after losing No1 slot at City

Joe Hart has joined West Ham from Manchester City on a season-long loan after completing a medical at the London club.

The England No1 spent last season on loan at Torino after losing his starting place at City and Pep Guardiola has signed the Benfica goalkeeper Ederson for £34.7m for the upcoming campaign.

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Premier League: 20 players ready to make a breakthrough next season

A club-by-club guide to the rising stars who could make a mark in 2017-18, including Arsenal’s Reiss Nelson and West Brom’s Sam Field

The 17-year-old was trending on Twitter last Thursday morning during his first appearance for Arsène Wenger’s first team – against Sydney FC – and it was because his pace, power and trickery are always going to be popular. The attacking midfielder played in an unfamiliar right wing-back role but there were no nerves, only a determination to show what he could do. Will Wenger give him his professional debut this season? According to the manager, Nelson is “very, very close”. David Hytner

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Premier League: 20 players ready to make a breakthrough next season

A club-by-club guide to the rising stars who could make a mark in 2017-18, including Arsenal’s Reiss Nelson and West Brom’s Sam Field

The 17-year-old was trending on Twitter last Thursday morning during his first appearance for Arsène Wenger’s first team – against Sydney FC – and it was because his pace, power and trickery are always going to be popular. The attacking midfielder played in an unfamiliar right wing-back role but there were no nerves, only a determination to show what he could do. Will Wenger give him his professional debut this season? According to the manager, Nelson is “very, very close”. David Hytner

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Premier League: 20 players ready to make a breakthrough next season

A club-by-club guide to the rising stars who could make a mark in 2017-18, including Arsenal’s Reiss Nelson and West Brom’s Sam Field

The 17-year-old was trending on Twitter last Thursday morning during his first appearance for Arsène Wenger’s first team – against Sydney FC – and it was because his pace, power and trickery are always going to be popular. The attacking midfielder played in an unfamiliar right wing-back role but there were no nerves, only a determination to show what he could do. Will Wenger give him his professional debut this season? According to the manager, Nelson is “very, very close”. David Hytner

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Manchester City make £2.5m bid for Napoli’s Pepe Reina

• Spanish goalkeeper seen as experienced deputy to Ederson
• Reina’s arrival would end Claudio Bravo’s torrid time at City

Manchester City want to buy Napoli’s Pepe Reina in a transfer which, if successful, would mean the end of Claudio Bravo’s torrid time at the club.

City are understood to have made an initial bid of around £2.5m for the 34-year-old, who spent nine years at Liverpool, and has also played for Barcelona, Villlarreal, and Bayern Munich. He would offer Pep Guardiola, the City manager, vast experience.

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Manchester City’s Joe Hart set to join West Ham on season-long loan

• Manchester City and England goalkeeper to have medical on Monday
• Tottenham agree to sell forward Clinton Njie to Marseille

Joe Hart is set to join West Ham on a season-long loan and is due to have a medical with the London club on Monday. The Manchester City goalkeeper would have preferred to join a club permanently but in the end decided that staying in the Premier League, even if it is another loan spell, was a good option in a World Cup year.

Hart spent most of last season on loan in Serie A with Torino after being told by Pep Guardiola in August he was no longer the No1 choice at Manchester City following the arrival of Claudio Bravo. Although Willy Caballero left the Etihad Stadium as a free agent and has joined Chelsea, Guardiola has since signed the Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson from Benfica for £34.7m.

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