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City to meet Messi buy-out clause

Manchester City are ready to pay £100m+ to reunite Lionel Messi with Pep Guardiola at the Etihad in the upcoming transfer window. The sensational switch to bring the five-time winner of the FIFA Ballon d’ Or from the Nou Camp to Manchester, is finally set to happen, with City believed to have already agreed to meet the buy-out clause in the superstar striker’s contract. Sources close to City claim the […]

Is Pellegrini's number up? Man City 1 Barcelona 2

The phone call from the Etihad to the La Roselada Stadium would go something like this, albeit in Spanish, not English: “Hi Javi, it’s Manuel here, I need a favour. I know you’ve only been there for five minutes and I was there for nearly three years, but tell me…how the hell do you beat Barcelona, let me in on the secret, I haven’t a clue!” “Ah, Manuel, ola. It’s […]

Nou not blue - BARCELONA 2 MAN CITY 1

A ¼ is not a ‘vulgar’ fraction in arithmetic terms, but it will be decidedly ‘distasteful’ if it represents the sum total of Manchester City’s success by the end of the season. In the space of  82 hours, City have seen 50% of their targeted trophy haul wiped out by Wigan and Barcelona – can you imagine a stranger juxtaposition than the pie eaters of the North West and European […]

City come a 'kroppkakor' - MAN CITY 0 BARCELONA 2

Manchester City’s Champions League hopes were mashed to a pulp by a Swede masquerading as a turnip. Multi-millionaire referee Jonas Eriksson – a former journalist from the picturesque town of Sigtuna, north of Stockholm – is a man who seems to revel in the spotlight. He made his money when he sold his share in a sports media rights business seven years ago, so one assumes there’s no problems when […]