Pep Guardiola hails ‘legend’ Sergio Aguero as he edge closer to club’s all-time goalscoring record

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola praised “legend” Sergio Aguero, after the striker moved two goals away from equalling the club’s all-time record.

The Argentina forward scored his sixth Premier League hat-trick as City beat Watford 6-0 on Saturday.

The 29-year-old has 175 goals since joining City in 2011, with Eric Brook holding the club record of 177 goals.

“Hopefully that [the record] will happen very soon, and we can have a big celebration,” said Guardiola.

Ex-England winger Brook, who was at City from 1928-1940, scored his goals in 494 appearances.

Aguero has scored his in 259 games.

Guardiola added: “He’s a legend, and it’s a part of history in the club. Aguero’s numbers speak for themselves – he is amazing.”

Aguero’s hat-trick at Vicarage Road put him on 127 Premier League goals, moving him above Robbie Keane and Nicolas Anelka and level with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink on the competition’s all-time list.

He has scored five goals in five games this season.

Former England striker and record Premier League goalscorer Alan Shearer (260 in 441 appearances) challenged Aguero to get 30 league goals this season.

Aguero has scored 20-plus goals in four of the past six seasons, 26 being his highest tally in the 2014-15 campaign.

Ex-Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was the latest player to score 30, in the 2013-14 season.

Tottenham striker Harry Kane was the Premier League’s top scorer in the past two seasons with 29 and 25 goals.

“Watford could not get near Aguero,” said Shearer on Match of the Day.

“It was a top performance. For a centre-forward to play in this City team must be an absolute dream, with the chances created and the pace going forward.
“I think you are looking for Aguero to get 30 league goals this year.”

Former England defender Phil Neville added: “Aguero does two things really well. When he goes short, he takes a defender into an area he’s not comfortable with.
“But when he runs in behind it’s very difficult because he’s so small with a low centre of gravity.”

Aguero’s EPL goalscoring stat

  • Six Premier League hat-tricks, only Alan Shearer (11), Robbie Fowler (9), Michael Owen and Thierry Henry (8) have more.
  • 12th on all-time Premier League goalscorers list, with Robin van Persie 11th on 144 goals and Teddy Sheringham 10th on 146
  • Most Premier League goals by a non-European player
  • Scored 20 Premier League goals in four of past six seasons
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UCL: Group F results – John Stones bags brace as City cruise at Feyernoord; Napoli stung by Shakhtar

Feyenoord 0 – 4 Manchester City

Shakhtar Donetsk 2 – 1 SSC Napoli

  • Feyenoord 0 – 4 Manchester City

John Stones scored twice as Manchester City kicked off their Champions League campaign with a resounding 4-0 win over Feyenoord on Wednesday night.


City wasted little time in taking the initial lead — Stones’ downward header from David Silva’s cross near the corner flag somehow squirting between Tonny Vilhena’s legs on the goal line in the second minute.

Sergio Aguero doubled their advantage eight minutes later.

After fine play down the right side, Kyle Walker’s cross found the Argentina international, who expertly volleyed home past goalkeeper Brad Jones from just outside the six-yard box.

City then left the outcome in no doubt after 25 minutes through Gabriel Jesus, who had the easiest of finishes after Jones parried a lashed Benjamin Mendy shot from distance directly into the Brazilian’s path.

Stones then completed his brace in the 63rd minute with another header — this time rising above a Feyenoord defender and powering into the net.
The victory was City’s biggest-ever away win in the competition.

  • Shakhtar Donetsk 2 – 1 SSC Napoli

Shakhtar Donetsk stunned Napoli 2-1 thanks to goals from Taison and Facundo Ferreyra.
Taison gave the hosts the lead on the quarter-hour with a neat left-footed finish from just inside the box.

And Ferreyra added a second in the 58th minute — the Argentine striker racing onto the end of Taras Stepanenko’s majestic cross from the left touchline and bouncing his header into the roof of the net from close.

Arkadiusz Milik pulled a goal back from the penalty spot in the 71st minute after Stepanenko was cautioned for a foul in the Shakhtar box. But Napoli could not muster an equaliser in Ukraine.

Arsenal reject £50m bid from Manchester City for Alexis Sanchez

Arsenal have rejected a £50m bid from Premier League rivals Manchester City for forward Alexis Sanchez.

The Gunners have rebuffed all approaches for Sanchez, and would like City’s Raheem Sterling as part of any deal before Thursday’s transfer deadline.

Raheem Sterling is reportedly keen on a move to Arsenal from Manchester City.

Monaco sign former Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic from Inter Milan

Monaco have signed Montenegro striker Stevan Jovetic from Inter Milan for a reported £10m.

The former Manchester City forward, 27, has signed a four-year deal.

On Monday, photos emerged of Jovetic wearing the number 10 shirt, previously worn by Kylian Mbappe who is reported to be joining Paris St-Germain on loan.

“I’m very happy to be here. There are some great players on this team. That’s why I chose AS Monaco,” he told the club website.

It is reported that Mbappe, 18, will join PSG on loan before Thursday’s transfer deadline and complete a permanent 180m euros (£167m) move next summer, so that the Paris club can comply with Financial Fair Play.

Patrick Roberts rejoins Celtic on a season-long loan from Manchester City

Manchester City’s Patrick Roberts has rejoined Celtic on a season-long loan, having already spent 18 months with the Scottish club.

The 20-year-old scored 17 goals in 60 appearances in his year and a half at Celtic Park, having made just one Premier League appearance for his parent club since signing for £12m in 2015.

Roberts first joined Celtic in January 2016 and quickly broke into the starting XI, before establishing himself as a key member of Brendan Rodgers’ ‘invincibles’ team last season.

“The manager has been brilliant with me,” Roberts, who will wear the No 7, told Celtic TV after re-signing for the club.

“He obviously wanted me back and so did Celtic. I had a decision to make after pre-season and when that came around Brendan Rodgers was obviously a huge factor in that. He is a top manager. I worked under him all of last year and I believe I can develop under him even more and become a better player.”

Roberts, who featured in Pep Guardiola’s City squads during their pre-season tours abroad, will be eligible to play in the Champions League for Celtic, where he could play against the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich – who were drawn in the Hoops’ group last week.

“I watched it [the draw] in Manchester with all the lads there, but I had an eye on Celtic to see who they got,” Roberts added.

“It’s a hard draw but it’s good, and it’s where I strive to play in, while we know what this club can bring to the Champions League. I haven’t seen the Celtic lads yet but I’m sure they will all be looking forward to it and will be raring to go when it gets underway.

“Celtic Park was rocking last year in the Champions League and I’m sure it will be the exact same this year. I would love to be out there playing for the fans in that environment and entertaining them.”

Samir Nasri leaves Manchester City to join Antalyaspor

Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has left the club to join Turkish side Antalyaspor for a fee of around €8million.

The Frenchman has joined on a two-year deal and will sign officially for the Super Lig club subject to international clearance.

Nasri joined from Arsenal in 2011 and played 176 times for City, scoring 27 goals and won two Premier League titles, two Capital One Cups and the Community Shield.

“Everybody at the Club wishes Samir good luck in the next chapter of his career and would like to thank him for some fantastic memories,” read a statement on the club’s website.

Manchester City sign Nigerian striker Larry Kayode from Austria Vienna and loans him to Girona

Manchester City have signed Nigerian striker Larry Kayode from Austria Vienna and immediately loaned him out to Girona.

The 24-year-old becomes the fifth City player to join the Spanish club on a temporary deal for the coming season following Pablo Maffeo, Aleix Garcia, Marlos Moreno and £10million summer signing Douglas Luiz.

City have not made an official announcement but the Spanish club, who have been promoted to La Liga for this season, have confirmed the move.

Kayode, who scored 37 goals in 85 matches in the Austrian Bundesliga, was previously linked with Newcastle.

City have developed a strong relationship with Girona and the latest deal comes days after Pep Guardiola’s squad returned from a warm-weather training camp in the Catalan city.

Their stay included a friendly against Girona, who conducted some of their own pre-season preparations at the City Football Academy in Manchester.

EPL results – Lukaku scores twice as United cruise; Champions Chelsea shocked by Burnley; Liverpool held by

SUNDAY

  • Manchester United 4 – 0 West Ham United

Romelu Lukaku announced his arrival at Old Trafford by scoring twice on his Premier League debut for Manchester United as they embarrassed West Ham.

Jose Mourinho’s team were a constant threat against a poor Hammers side, offering excitement and encouragement to their supporters on the opening weekend of the new Premier League season.

Lukaku, a £75m summer signing from Everton, put the Red Devils ahead with a rising drive off the post after racing onto Marcus Rashford’s pass.

The Belgium international doubled the lead after half-time, glancing in a header from Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s inswinging free-kick.

United teenager Rashford curled against the inside of Joe Hart’s left-hand post before substitute Anthony Martial ended the match as a contest with a slick finish.

There was still time for a fourth, however, as Paul Pogba curled in from distance.

The Hammers offered little going forward in a passive performance, although new signing Marko Arnautovic did flick a header onto the top of the home crossbar at 2-0.

The Red Devils have now lost only one of their 14 opening-day Premier League fixtures at Old Trafford, while West Ham’s season began with a record 11th defeat.

  • Tottenham 2-0 Newcastle United

Tottenham made a winning start to the 2017-18 Premier League season as 10-man Newcastle endured a difficult return to the top flight.

The Magpies, promoted as winners of the Championship last term, had captain Jonjo Shelvey sent off early in the second half for standing on Dele Alli.

The Spurs attacker then put his side ahead with a close-range finish before Ben Davies finished off a neat move for Tottenham’s second.

It was a harsh re-introduction to life back in the Premier League for Newcastle, who were relegated from the division at the end of the 2015-16 season.

Rafael Benitez’s side did not really threaten Hugo Lloris in the Tottenham goal until late on, Christian Atsu forcing the goalkeeper into a low save and Ciaran Clark going close with a volley from 12 yards.

Instead, Spurs could have added to their lead as Harry Kane, last season’s Premier League top scorer with 29 goals, struck the post in injury time.

SATURDAY

  • Chelsea 2 – 3 Burnley

Champions Chelsea suffered a nightmare start to their Premier League title defence, having two men sent off as Burnley claimed a superb win at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea were down to 10 men with 14 minutes gone when captain Cahill was dismissed for a lunging challenge on Steven Defour, and they fell behind with 24 minutes gone as Sam Vokes guided the ball past Thibaut Courtois.

Burnley’s lead was doubled when, with a little over five minutes remaining until the break, Jack Cork set up Stephen Ward to hammer home, and it was 3-0 before the interval when Vokes scored his second with a header.

Marcos Alonso had an effort saved by Burnley keeper Tom Heaton early in the second half before Alvaro Morata was brought on for Michy Batshuayi, and Alonso had a free kick saved soon afterwards.

Morata dived to head home his first Premier League goal from a Willian cross and bundled the ball home moments later only to see an offside flag deny him.

Fabregas then saw red for a second booking — but David Luiz pulled another one back to set up a frenetic finish in which Burnley’s Robbie Brady hit the post and Morata failed to touch home late on.

There was no Diego Costa (on his way out), no Eden Hazard or Pedro(injured) and, after 24 minutes, no Cahill, exposing the decisions to let Nathan Ake join Bournemouth and fellow defender Kurt Zouma go on loan to Stoke.

Cahill’s red card ended Jeremie Boga’s shock debut early, as he was replaced by Christensen, and handed the initiative to Burnley, whose three-goal salvo added disbelief to the list of negative emotions ripping through the home support.

  • Everton 1 – 0 Stoke City

Wayne Rooney scored on his Premier League return to Everton as they beat Stoke 1-0 in their opening fixture of the season.

It was a fairy-tale return to his boyhood club as Rooney headed home the winning goal in the added minute of injury time in the first half, and sealed the three points for the hosts.

The Toffees had drawn their last four opening day matches but managed to hold out for the victory against a Stoke side who had very few clear-cut chances, with Xherdan Shaqiri almost snatching a draw late on, only to be denied by a superb Jordan Pickford save.

  • Watford 3 – 3 Liverpool

Liverpool conceded an injury-time equaliser as they were held 3-3 at Watford in their Premier League opener.

Mohamed Salah looked to have netted a winner on his Liverpool debut, but Miguel Britos headed home from point-blank range in the dying moments to secure a share of the spoils.

Liverpool — without Philippe Coutinho, who was ruled out with a back injury amid intense speculation over his future — fell behind on eight minutes, with Stefano Okaka taking advantage of some poor defending from a corner to head past Simon Mignolet.

Sadio Mane hit back on 29 minutes, but Liverpool’s defensive weaknesses were exposed again as Abdoulaye Doucoure slotted in for 2-1.

Liverpool turned it around early in the second half, with Roberto Firmino equalising from the penalty spot after Salah was brought down in the area by goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes on 55 minutes and then Salah nudging home.

  • Brighton & Hove Albion 0 – 2 Manchester City

Sergio Aguero was on target as Manchester City denied Brighton any hope of a shock on their Premier League debut.

Pep Guardiola’s side, for all their riches, took time to get into their groove in a 2-0 win at the Amex Stadium.

But the moment they did it was ruthless as striker Aguero converted 20 minutes from time.

Lewis Dunk turned Fernandinho’s cross through goalkeeper Mathew Ryan grasp and into his own net soon afterwards as City prevailed after previously being frustrated.

  • Bromwich Albion 1 – 0 AFC Bournemouth

West Bromwich Albion made another set piece pay as they opened the season with a 1-0 win over Bournemouth at The Hawthorns.

The visitors produced plenty of neat football throughout, but were unable to create much threat and fell behind after 31 minutes when Ahmed Hegazi headed in a Chris Brunt free kick.

Jermain Defoe came on for Bournemouth after the break, replacing Benik Afobe, but the former Sunderland striker had little to work with as West Brom held firm.

  • Crystal Palace 0 – 3 Huddersfield Town

Two goals in three minutes set Huddersfield up for a dream start to life in the Premier League as they defeated Crystal Palace 3-0 at Selhurst Park.

Tom Ince missed an early chance to give the Terriers the lead when he sent a bouncing effort from Tommy Smith’s cross straight at keeper Wayne Hennessey.

But they were ahead after 23 minutes when Palace failed to deal with an Aaron Mooy corner and the ball deflected in off Joel Ward — and with Palace rocking Mooy crossed again and Steve Mounie headed home. Palace made a half-time change, with Andros Townsend coming on in place of Luka Milivojevic, and Christian Benteke almost pulled a goal back — but Huddersfield made sure when Mounie struck again.

  • Southampton 0 – 0 Swansea City West

Southampton suffered a frustrating afternoon as they were held 0-0 at home by Swansea City.

Watford 3 – 3 Liverpool

Chelsea 2 – 3 Burnley

Crystal Palace 0 – 3 Huddersfield Town

Everton 1 – 0 Stoke City

Southampton 0 – 0 Swansea City West

Bromwich Albion 1 – 0 AFC Bournemouth

Brighton & Hove Albion 0 – 2 Manchester City

Tottenham 2-0 Newcastle United

Manchester United 4 – 0 West Ham United

Fernando joins Galatasaray from Manchester City

Manchester City midfielder Fernando has joined Turkish club Galatasaray for an undisclosed fee.

The 30-year-old Brazilian, who began his career in his homeland with Vila Nova, joined City from Porto for £12m in 2014.

Fernando made 101 appearances for City and helped them beat Liverpool in the 2016 EFL Cup final.

He played 27 games last season but made just one start, and remained at home during the team’s pre-season tour of the US in July.

“It’s been a pleasure to play for Manchester City,” he said.

Pep Guardiola is looking to sign a centre-backafter spending £200m this summer, with £120m of that on three full-backs.

Leicester City sign Kelechi Iheanacho from Leicester City

Leicester have signed forward Kelechi Iheanacho from Manchester City.

The Foxes have paid £25m for the 20-year-old, who has penned a five-year deal at the King Power.

He becomes manager Craig Shakespeare’s fourth major signing of the summer following the arrivals of Harry Maguire, Vicente Iborra and Eldin Jakupovic.

City have the option to buy the Nigeria international back for £50m. “It feels good and I’m happy to be part of this team.

I know the ambition of the team and speaking with the manager, he let me know what I need to do – to help the team achieve what they want.

I was convinced and I’m happy to be here,” Iheanacho told LCFC TV.

“I was happy speaking with the manager, knowing what the team wants. It gives me more confidence that I will fit in this team and hopefully I’ll achieve a lot.”

Shakespeare added:

“It’s a great signing for us. Kelechi is an enormously talented player that has shown a huge amount of promise at every level in which he’s played. “We’ve tracked his progress for some time, so we know how much quality he’ll bring to the squad.

He’s young, he’s hungry, he’s ready for the next stage of his development and I’m delighted that will be with Leicester City.”

Iheanacho featured 28 times for City last season under Pep Guardiola, scoring seven goals.

However, he made just one start for City in 2017, with that appearance coming back on January 2 in the 2-1 win over Burnley.

Iheanacho joined City’s academy in 2014 and made his first-team debut in the 2-0 victory over Watford in August 2015.

He scored his first City goal on his second appearance for the club and went on to net a further 13 goals during the 2015/16 campaign, which included a hat-trick against Aston Villa in the FA Cup.

He will wear the No. 8 shirt and join fellow Nigerians Ahmed Musa and Wilfred Ndidi at the King Power Stadium.

Iheanacho signed a new contract with City until 2021 at the beginning of last season but saw his first-team opportunities at the Etihad curtailed by the arrival of Brazil forward Gabriel Jesus in January.

City said in a statement:

“Everyone at Manchester City wishes Kelechi all the best with his new challenge.”

Jesus Navas rejoins Sevilla from Manchester City

Former Manchester City winger Jesus Navas has returned to Sevilla on a four-year deal, the LaLiga club have announced.

The 31-year-old Spain international has signed contract until the summer of 2021 after being released by City at the end of last season.

Sevilla announced the move after posting a video on YouTube of a man appearing to be ‘kidnapped’ by masked men, bundled into the boot of a car and then driven to the club’s ground, where Navas removed a hood and smiled at the surroundings.

A statement on sevillafc.es read: “Sevilla FC have reached an agreement with Jesus Navas, with the player signing a deal on Tuesday keeping him at the club for the next four seasons.”

Navas joined City from Sevilla in 2013 and went on to make 183 appearances and helped the club to one Premier League title and two League Cups.

He joined Sevilla as a 15-year-old and progressed to the first team, winning two UEFA Cups and two Copa del Reys.

Navas suffered from homesickness earlier in his career that forced him to skip pre-season tours and turn down international call-ups.

The winger took counselling to solve the problem and was able to be a part of Spain’s victorious World Cup squad in South Africa in 2010, before leaving Andalusia for Manchester three years later.

Navas will be presented to Sevilla’s fans on Wednesday evening at Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium.

Manchester City sign Monaco left-back Benjamin Mendy on a five-year deal

Manchester City have announced the signing of left-back Benjamin Mendy for £49.2m on a five-year deal.

He is the Premier League club’s fifth major signing of the summer following the recruitment of England right-back Kyle Walker for £45m, plus a potential £5m of add-ons, Portugal midfielder Bernardo Silva(£43m), Brazilian keeper Ederson  Moraes(£35m) and defender Danilo from Real Madrid (£26.5m).

The 23-year-old left-back was a top target for Guardiola, who wanted to bring three new full-backs to the Etihad this summer after allowing Pablo Zabaleta, Bacary Sagna and Gael Clichy to leave at the end of last season when their contracts expired.

Mendy said: “I am very proud. This is what I wanted from the very beginning. As soon as the championship was over, I talked to my family and it was all clear in my head: I wanted to join Manchester City.
“I think I am the right person for the group. I am easily adaptable. There are some players with whom I exchanged a few emails, I knew them from some years ago.
“Regarding football, I can bring a lot of creativity in the game, I can offer different solutions, I like to take to play as full-back and provide assists for the strikers.”

The arrival of Mendy leaves Manchester City with the most expensive defensive line-up in world football.

City’s Director of Football, Txiki Begiristain, said: “Benjamin has all the qualities we are looking for in a full-back. For such a young player, he has a wealth of top-level experience.

“He is undoubtedly one of the world’s best full-backs, our number one target in this position. We are all delighted to have him here at Manchester City.

“I’m sure he will prove a fantastic addition to the squad.”

Mendy played 34 times for Monaco last season and helped them to their first Ligue 1 title in 17 years after joining them from Marseille last summer.

He supplied a further four assists in the Champions League, where he helped the principality side to the semifinals before bowing out to runners-up Juventus.

Mendy, who began his career at Le Havre, was a youth international at U17, U18, U19 and U21 level for France. 

His Monaco contract was set to run until the summer of 2021.
He will wear the number 22 shirt, and will join up with the City squad as their 2017/18 preseason preparations continue.

Manchester City sign defender Danilo from Real Madrid

Manchester City have announced the signing of Brazilian full-back Danilo Luiz Da Silva  from Real Madrid on a five-year deal.

The 26-year-old becomes City’s fifth summer signing after arriving for a fee believed to be £26.5million and he has already joined up with the rest of the squad on the tour of the US after passing a medical and agreeing personal terms.
“I am very, very happy to be joining Manchester City,” Danilo told the club’s website.

“There has been strong interest from other Clubs, but it has always been my ambition to play for Pep Guardiola. As soon as I heard of his interest, I knew immediately I wanted to be a City player.

“I can’t wait to get started and I’m looking forward to getting to know my new teammates over the coming weeks.”

His arrival takes City’s summer spending to almost £150m, following the recruitment of England international Kyle Walker(£45m), Portugal midfielder Bernardo Silva(£43m) and Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson Moraes(£35m).

The club have also agreed a £52m  deal for 23-year-old Monaco defender Benjamin Mendy and sold  left-back Aleksandar Kolarovto Serie A club Roma for £4.5m.

City’s Director of Football, Txiki Begiristain, added: “Danilo is a fine player who offers great versatility to our squad,” he said. “He can operate in several different roles in both defence and midfield, increasing Pep’s options ahead of the new season.

“We feel he has all the attributes needed to succeed at City and we look forward to helping him develop during his time here.”

Danilo’s move is subject to him receiving a work permit, meaning he is unlikely to make his debut when City face Real on Wednesday in Los Angeles.

The former Santos player joined Real in 2015 from Porto but started just 17 La Liga games last season.

In two years at the Bernabeu, he won La Liga, two Champions Leagues, the Uefa Super Cup and the Fifa Club World Cup.

Manchester City defender Aleksandar Kolarov close to Roma move

Manchester City defender Aleksandar Kolarov will be allowed to leave to pursue a move to Serie A club Roma.

The 31-year-old, who joined City from Roma’s rivals Lazio for £16m in 2010, was left out of Thursday’s 2-0 friendly defeat by Manchester United.

After the game, City boss Pep Guardiola said: “I don’t like working with people who don’t want to stay. He has a big chance to go to Roma.

“Kola helped me a lot last season in terms of many, many things, but he has a big chance to come back to Rome where he was before.

“He spoke to me, with the club but especially to me, and said he would like to leave and I don’t like to live still with players that don’t want to stay.

“That’s what it is the best option for everybody, especially for him.

“I wish him all the best because he is a really nice guy. We had an excellent relationship with him, I was very pleased to train him and I wish him and his family the best.”

Full-back Kolarov, a Serbia international, has played 247 times for City.

This summer City have signed right-back Kyle Walker from  Tottenham,with the club keen to add Real Madrid’s 26-year-old  full-back Danilo,also a target for Chelsea.

They have also been linked with a bid for Monaco left-back Benjamin  Mendy,while a move for Dani Alves broke down as the 34-year-old joined Paris St-Germain.

Pep Guardiola confirms striker Kelechi Iheanacho transfer to Leicester is close, reveals buy-back clause


Manchester  City boss Pep Guardiola has confirmed Kelechi Iheanacho is finalising a transfer to Leicester City.

The striker has stayed behind in the UK and not travelled with the City squad for their pre-season tour in the US as a move to Leicester edges ever closer.

Wilfried Bony, who spent last season at Stoke, also looks to be on his way out, but Guardiola insists the only reason he is absent from City’s American tour is due to injury.

While also admitting City have placed a buyback clause in Iheanacho’s proposed transfer.

“It was/is an honour to work with him because it was not easy for him because I did not give him a little opportunities,” Guardiola said of Iheanacho. “His behaviour, I’ve never saw a guy like him (before).

“He is close to making a deal, a transfer and he decided to stay in Manchester. Maybe next week or the next 10 days he is going to finish.

“We have an option to have the opportunity in a few years to bring him back.

“But he’s a young player and we believe he deserves to play. He needs to play at that age and that’s why him, the club and everybody, we decide what’s best for him.

“Bony is injured. If he wasn’t injured, he would be here but he had a little problem. It’s nothing important and serious, but he is recovering in Manchester.”

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


Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart has joined West Ham on a season-long loan.
City will fund part of the England international’s wages and that West Ham have the option of making the move permanent next summer. West Ham will also pay a £4.5m loan fee to City.
Hart will join up with Slaven Bilic’s squad for their preseason training camp in Austria and Germany. He could then face City in a preseason friendly in Iceland in August, although he cannot play against his parent club in Premier League fixtures.
It is the second season-long loan deal for Hart, who spent the last campaign with Italian club Torino.

“It’s important for me to play football and to get the opportunity to come here and play is absolutely awesome,” Hart told West Ham’s website. “To be playing in the Premier League for a big club like West Ham, I’m really looking forward to the season.

“I’ve always loved the club. I think you’ll struggle to find anyone, apart from the direct opposing fans around London, who doesn’t love the club. It’s got something about it, it’s got a lot history and I’ve always loved playing against West Ham.

“We’ve moved into London Stadium and we’ve got Slaven in charge who I’ve spoken to and I’ve always enjoyed as a manager. He obviously did a good job with Croatia and he’s doing a good job here, so to get the opportunity to come here, it wasn’t really a hard decision.”
The England goalkeeper joins former City teammate Pablo Zabaleta, who left City for West Ham this summer when his contract expired.
City boss Pep Guardiola bought Chile international Claudio Bravo from Barcelona last August and has spent a further £34.7 million on Brazilian keeper Ederson Moraes from Benfica this summer.
And the 30-year-old, who will compete with fellow goalkeepers Adrian and Darren Randolph for a starting berth.

Hart could face his parent club on August 4 when West Ham taken on City in a pre-season friendly in Iceland.

“It’ll be fun to play against them because I’ll be banned when it comes to the actual season, while I’m sure Manchester United will welcome me with open arms if I get the nod and start the season away at Old Trafford,” Hart added.

Manchester City  goalkeeper Joe Hart passes medical ahead of loan move to West Ham

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart has passed his medical at West Ham and is set to complete a season-long loan deal.

Hart has been told he can find another club by City boss Pep Guardiola after spending last season at Torino.

The 30-year-old’s City contract is not due to expire until 2019 and the agreement with the Hammers includes an option to make the move permanent.

He is expected to join West Ham’s squad on their pre-season tour of Austria.

It is anticipated City will fund part of Hart’s wages.

Manchester City  close in on former Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina

Manchester City are closing in on a deal for Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina.

City have had a £2.6 million bid rejected by the Italian club, who want £4.4m for the former Liverpool keeper, sources said. However there is expectancy that a deal can be reached in the next few days for the former Spanish international.

A deal will cast doubt over the long-term future of Claudio Bravo. City have already spent £34.7m on Benfica keeper from Ederson and Reina is expected to become his backup.

That could mean that Bravo is forced to look for a new club fewer than 12 months after City signed him for £14m from Barcelona.

The Chile international has not travelled with the first team on their preseason tour to the United States after being given extra time off for playing at the Confederations Cup, where he was the hero in his country’s semifinal victory over Portugal on penalties.

But Bravo had endured a miserable first season at the Etihad Stadium, where he faced intense criticism and was dropped shortly after the turn of the year, with reserve Willy Caballero taking his place.

Caballero has since joined Chelsea on a free transfer after his contract expired at the end of the season while another City keeper, Joe Hart, is set to leave on a second season-long loan to West Ham United.

If a deal goes through, Reina would become the third keeper to join City since Guardiola took over the club last summer.

Manchester City deal to sign Red Star Belgrade midfield brothers Luka and Ivan Ilic


Manchester City have agreed a double deal to sign brothers Luka and Ivan Ilic from Red Star Belgrade.
City scouts have been alerted to the duo and have watched them in action for club and country several times over the last few months.

Red Star were reluctant to lose two of their most exciting young talents, but City have agreed a fee in the region of €5.5 million to land the brothers ahead of other clubs across Europe.

The pair will rejoin Red Star on loan for the next two seasons until Ivan turns 18 and then they will both make the move to England to link up with City.

The brothers are regarded as two of the brightest young prospects to emerge from Red Star and Serbia in recent years.

Defensive midfielder Luka, 18, made his first-team debut for Red Star earlier this month in a Europa League qualifier against Floriana.

Attacking midfielder Ivan, 16, became the youngest player to make his debut for Red Star in April when he came on as a late substitute against Spartak Subotica.

Sevilla sign Manchester City winger Nolito on a three-year deal


Sevilla have announced the signing of Spain forward Nolito from Manchester City.
The 30-year-old has agreed a three-year deal and returns to La Liga after one underwhelming season at the Etihad Stadium.
Sevilla are reported to have paid £7.9m for Nolito, who joined Pep Guardiola’s City for £13.8m from Celta Vigo last summer.

The 30-year-old appeared in 30 games in all competitions in his only season with Man City, scoring six goals. He started only nine games in the Premier League and now returns to La Liga, where he starred for Celta Vigo from 2013-16.

Nolito had another three seasons on his City contract but said in May that he was “crazy about returning to Spain.” 

“I hope I can leave, whether it’s on loan, a transfer or whatever. I have several teams I’d prefer to join,” Nolito said.
Last month he claimed his “daughter’s face has changed  colour”because of the English weather.
He underwent a medical with Sevilla on Sunday and is now expected to join up with the squad on their pre-season trip to Japan.

Sevilla have been busy this summer as they prepare for the Champions League playoff round, with Luis Muriel, Ever Banega, Guido Pizarro and Sebastian Corchia already joining, while Vitolo, Adil Rami and Vicente Iborra have all departed.
The club have also expressed interest in bringing back Jesus Navas, whose contract recently expired at Man City, while Stevan Jovetic, another former City player, is expected to leave.

Manchester City sign Brazilian Douglas Luiz from Vasco Da Gama 


Manchester City have signed Brazilian Under-20 international of Douglas Luiz from Vasco Da Gama in a deal reportedly worth £10.7million.

The midfielder, 19, has penned a five-year deal with the Premier League club, but will be loaned out to their new Spanish sister club, Girona, who have just been promoted to La Liga.

The Blues feel playing in Spain’s top flight will aid Douglas’ development and help him make an immediate impact when he does eventually come to England.

City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain said on theclub’s official website: “Douglas is an exciting player with great potential. Everyone here is looking forward to helping him develop his talent and progress in the game.”

Manchester City sign Kyle Walker from Tottenham for a world-record equalling fee for a defender

​Manchester City have signed Tottenham right-back Kyle Walker on a five-year deal.

City have paid £50m for the 27-year-old – a world record-equalling fee for a defender.
The £50 million for the right-back, surpasses the £47.5m that City paid Everton for John Stones a year ago.

David Luiz’s 2014 move to Paris Saint-Germain from Chelsea also reportedly could have reached £50m after bonus clauses, following an initial £42m fee.

Walker, 27, has signed a five-year deal and will join up with City’s first-team squad on Monday when they fly out on their preseason tour to the United States. He will wear the No. 2 shirt.

Pep Guardiola identified the England international as a top target after allowing right-backs Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna to leave on a free transfer at the end of last season.

City stepped up their interest after missing out on the free transfer of Dani Alves, who opted to move to Paris Saint-Germain instead after leaving Juventus.
“I am thrilled to be signing for City and can’t wait to get started,” Walker told City’s website. “Pep Guardiola is one of the most respected managers in the world and I feel he can help me take my game to a new level.”
Txiki Begiristain, the Club’s Director of Football, added: “Kyle is a fine full-back, one capable of producing quality at both ends of the pitch.

“We’ve followed his progress at Tottenham and have been really impressed by how he has developed. He is now one of the best right-backs in the Premier League and justifiably an England regular.

“I am sure he will be a success at Manchester City this season and beyond.”
Walker made 31 league starts under Mauricio Pochettino last season as Tottenham recorded their highest top-flight finish since the 1962-63 season.

The right-back recorded five assists for the Premier League runners-up, the joint-most for a defender in the division alongside Bournemouth’s Adam Smith and Spurs team-mate Kieran Trippier, who made six of his 12 appearances from the bench.

Walker also ranked highly among chances created by defenders and his 75 dribbles attempted was only less than Cherries full-back Smith (87) and Watford’s Jose Holebas (88).
Walker, who joined Spurs from Sheffield United in 2009 and made 183 Premier League appearances, added: “I feel he can help me take my game to a new level.”

Alexis Sanchez agree terms with Manchester City 

​Alexis Sanchez edges closer to £50m Arsenal exit after agreeing terms with Manchester City.
O Jogo claims that the Chile international recently spoke with Pep Guardiola, which has helped speed up the transfer, and negotiations have now progressed to a point where the deal is ‘virtually complete’.

Manchester City to face CAS over teenager Benjamin Garre transfer

Manchester City’s signing of teenager Benjamin Garre will be heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Monday.

City signed Garre at the age of 16 but the teenager’s Argentinian club Velez Sarsfield claimed the move breached world governing body FIFA’s rules over the signing of minors from outside the European Union.

Velez appealed to the CAS after FIFA ruled in City’s favour following a complaint about Garre’s move to the Premier League club in July 2016.

The Argentinian outfit claim FIFA rules allow players under 18 to move between clubs only in European countries.

City argued Garre held an Italian passport and was entitled to move after his 16th birthday.

Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have all been subjected to transfer bans in the past few years after being found guilty of breaching rules around the signing of international players under the age of 18.

It is understood it could be several weeks before there is an outcome from the CAS hearing.

Chelsea sign goalkeeper Willy Caballero after release from Manchester City 

Chelsea have announced the signing of goalkeeper Willy Caballero on a free transfer.

The 35-year-old Argentinian was available as a free agent after being released by Manchester City at the end of last season.
Premier League champions Chelsea were in the market for a new goalkeeper after selling back-up Asmir Begovic to Bournemouth in May.

Caballero becomes Chelsea’s second signing of the day after it was announced earlier on Saturday, the club had won the race to sign  Exeter teenager Ethan Ampadu.

Caballero, who joined City in 2014 following stints at Malaga and Elche in Spain and with Boca Juniors in his homeland, said on Chelsea’s website: “I am very happy to join Chelsea, the champions of England.

“I am looking forward to meeting the guys and helping the club achieve more success in the coming season.”
The hero of City’s penalty shoot-out win over Liverpool in the 2016 League Cup final, the Argentine played 26 times in all competitions last season, starting in some key Champions League games, including a win over Barcelona.
He played under Manuel Pellegrini at Malaga and the manager subsequently brought him to the Premier League.
Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo said: “We are very happy to have Willy on board. He knows the Premier League and is tried and tested at the top of the game.

‘We have three experienced goalkeepers and we look forward to welcoming him to the club when the squad returns to pre-season training.”

Huddersfield sign Manchester City’s Aaron Mooy for a club record fee

Huddersfield have announced the signing of midfielder Aaron Mooy from Manchester City for a club record fee that could rise to £10million.
Town have paid a guaranteed record fee of £8m to City for the Australian international, with additional contingencies that could see the fee rise to £10m.
The 26-year old played a key role as the Terriers gained promotion to the Premier League for the first time via the play-offs, scoring four times and grabbing seven assists for David Wagner’s side during a season-long loan.

No work permit is required as the player, who has won 28 caps for Australia, holds a Dutch passport through his mother’s heritage.

He has signed a contract until 2020, with Huddersfield having the option to extend that deal by a further season.
“Everybody who has watched our team in our promotion season knows how huge it is to have Aaron back at the club as we enter the Premier League for the first time,” said manager David Wagner. “I’m sure our fans will be very happy to see him back.

“As I said many times last season, Aaron was right at the heart of our team. When he played well, we usually played well – and won.

“His performances for us understandably brought a lot of interest in him this summer, so it is a big statement that Aaron wants to return to us.

“I think he understands that playing so regularly for us at a good level improved his game too and now he has the chance to be a regular in the Premier League; something that is very exciting for every player.”

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    • Alvaro Morata, 24, could complete his £65m move from Real Madrid to Manchester United by early next week.
    • Gareth Bale, 27, is not looking for a move from Real Madrid despite Manchester United’s interest in him.
    • Arsenal are among those keeping a close eye on Chris Smalling’s situation at Manchester United.
    • Manchester City will try to fund half of their summer transfer spree with a planned £130m clearout, led by goalkeeper Joe Hart, 30, and striker Kelechi Iheanacho, 20, for whom the Blues aim to get £25m each.
    • Crystal Palace will challenge West Ham to the signing of Kelechi Iheanacho from Manchester City.

    • Palace have held talks with Manuel Pellegrini to succeed Sam Allardyce as manager.
    • Manchester United have not made an official offer for Andrea Belotti and are having doubts about the Torino striker’s €100 million (£88m) buy-out clause.
    • Jose Mourinho has been nicknamed “Daisy” by his Manchester backroom staff, in reference to the film ‘Driving Miss Daisy’, because the Portuguese boss is always getting a lift to the training ground.
    • Liverpool must pay Roma £35.5m if they want to sign 24-year-old Egypt winger Mohamed Salah.
    • Chelsea will request £10 million from Liverpool in compensation for Dominic Solanke.
    • The Reds are offering £3m, which is below Chelsea’s initial valuation of £8m, but they have increased that even further after his vital role in England’s U20 World Cup win.

    • Birmingham City have made a contract offer to former Chelsea and England captain John Terry, according to Blues boss Harry Redknapp.
    • Leicester have teamed up with rock band Kasabian to produce a new fashion range, which combines rock and roll and football.
    • The Foxes are set to offer Hull defender Harry Maguire a £20.8m contract, which will earn the 24-year-old £80,000 a week over five years. (Sun)
    • Hull manager Leonid Slutsky has held discussions with Chelsea owner and compatriot Roman Abramovich over taking some Blues players on loan next season.
    • Turkish side Fenerbahce are reportedly planning a double bid for Leicester City forwards Jamie Vardy, 30, and Ahmed Musa, 24.
    • Basaksehir vice-president Mustafa Saral has said Tottenham and Manchester United target Cengiz Under, 19, is the subject of interest from a number of clubs.
    • Arsenal have made a €12 million bid for Fenerbache defender Simon Kjaer.
    • Hector Bellerin hopes Barcelona will continue to try to sign him from Arsenal after talks with president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

    • Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane will one day become boss of the France national side, the French Football Federation (FFF) president Noel Le Graet has said.
    • Danilo will stay at Real Madrid next season after telling the club he is ready to fight for his place in Zinedine Zidane’s team.
    • RB Leipzig are trying to hold off interest from Manchester City and Barcelona two of their youth team stars.
    • Central midfielder Erik Majetschak, 17, has attracted attention from Manchester City, while striker Niklas Kuhn is coveted by Barcelona.
    • Former Borussia Dortmund bossThomas Tuchel has ruled himself out of the vacant manager’s job at Southampton
    • Mauricio Pellegrino and Frank de Boer are the two names on the shortlist to replace Claude Puel.
    • Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus will not require surgery on a fractured eye socket inflicted by club team-mate Nicolas Otamendi in an international friendly on Friday.
    • Cristiano Ronaldo said “sometimes the best answer is to be quiet” in the wake of allegations he defrauded the Spanish tax office of £14.7m.
    • Fernando Torres, 33, has rejected a big-money offer from Mexican side Queretaro to stay at Atletico Madrid for another season.
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      • Michael Keane reportedly “changed his mind” over re-signing for Manchester United once he learnt Jose Mourinho wanted to sign two centre-backs.
      • Anderson Talisca believes he could be set for a move to Manchester United this summer after claiming Jose Mourinho “has a love” for him.
      • Paul Pogba used Instagram to show off his latest haircut, which appears to be a mixture of the French national colours and Chinese symbols.
      • Everton will begin discussions in Italy regarding possible summer transfers, with one of their scouts naming AC Milan forward Carlos Bacca, 30, and Napoli striker Duvan Zapata, 26, as potential targets.
      • Sunderland forward Fabio Borini, 26, is reportedly hoping for a move back to Italy this summer, despite interest from Celtic.

      • Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has targeted a move for Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos.
      • Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe has said he will have to “sort” through his offers this summer, with Arsenal and Real Madrid both keen on the 18-year-old.
      • Paris-Saint-Germain boss Unai  Emery has admitted his side’s  interest in signing Kylian Mbappe
      • PSG have reportedly pulled out of their proposed deal to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after deciding his €70million was ‘too expensive’.
      • Liverpool target Emre Mor has been given permission to speak to other clubs amid reports there are offers on the table for the youngster.
      • LA Galaxy are eyeing Zlatan Ibrahimovic and David Ospina.
      • Arsenal remain determined to resist any offer from Manchester City or Chelsea this summer for 28-year-old forward Alexis Sanchez.

      • Emre Can is poised to sign a new £100,000 a week contract with Liverpool.
      • Can is believed to have been offered a a new four-year deal, that will tie him to Anfield until 2021 and the Germany international is all set to sign up.
      • Juventus have offered €35million to Sevilla to sign Steven N’Zonzi but will move for Emre Can if they fail to reach an agreement.
      • Juve are hoping to complete a  deal for Pescara’s Mamadou  Coulibaly.
      • PSG are huge admirers of  Manchester United target Ivan  Perisic and have demanded the  Croatian winger as part of Inter  Milan’s plans to sign Lucas Moura.

      • Bayern Munich winger Douglas Costa has told Juventus he wants to join the club.
      • Bayern have slapped a €50m price tag on Douglas Costa amid interest from Juventus and Tottenham.
      • AC Milan are to consider including a €105million release clause in Gianluigi Donnarumma’s new deal.
      • Milan striker Carlos Bacca, who is being linked with Arsenal and West Ham, is expected to agree a move to Marseille.
      • Everton target M’Baye Niang is being linked with a move to Torino.
      • Malaga could look to replace Everton target Sandro Ramirez with Swansea forward Borja Baston.
      • Roma are emerging as leading candidates to sign Jean-Michael Seri from Nice.
      • Napoli are ready to reluctantly accept an improved Chelsea bid for defender Kalidou Koulibaly, with the Blues reportedly ready to bid €60m in the coming days.
      • Diego Costa’s brother claims the Chelsea striker has had “a lot of offers” to leave the Premier League champions this summer.
      • Hull manager Leonid Slutsky has held discussions with Chelsea owner and compatriot Roman Abramovich over taking some Blues players on loan next season.
      • An Argentine football player has caused outrage after admitting that he used a needle to hurt his rivals during a cup match on Sunday.
      • Federico Allende, a defender for lower-division club Sport Pacifico, bragged in a radio interview about using the needle several times against strikers from top-division club Estudiantes.
      • Kyle Bartley is being heavily linked with a move to Middlesbrough, with reports suggesting Garry Monk has already spoken to the Swansea player about a move to Teesside.
      • Rangers are poised to end their hunt for a director of football by appointing Manchester City academy director Mark Allen to the role.
      • The Italian referee who made history by giving the first video-assistant red card in international football to France’s Raphael Varane against England on Tuesday night got the protocol wrong and bungled the decision.
      • FA Cup replays are set to be ditched and the competition may soon be a midweek event.

      EPL results: Final day – Champions Chelsea  cruise on Terry’s farewell match; Arsenal win but miss out of Champions League; Kane nets a hat trick- wins Golden boot

      ​Arsenal 3 – 1 Everton

      Burnley 1 – 2 West Ham  United

      Chelsea 5 – 1 Sunderland

      Hull City 1 – 7 Tottenham  Hotspur

      Leicester City 1 – 1 AFC Bournemouth

      Liverpool 3 – 0 Middlesbrough

      Manchester United 2 – 0 Crystal Palace

      Southampton 0 – 1 Stoke City

      Swansea City 2 – 1 West Bromwich Albion

      Watford 0 – 5 Manchester  City

      • Chelsea 5 – 1 Sunderland

      Premier League champions Chelsea beat Sunderland 5-1 to break the Premier League record for wins in a season, as captain John Terry waved goodbye to Stamford Bridge.

      With their 30th Premier League victory of the season, Chelsea have broken the competition record set by Jose Mourinho’s title-winning Blues teams in the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons, who both won 29 of their 38 league matches.

      The win also means Conte’s men finish the season with 93 points, a tally beaten only by Chelsea’s first Premier League title-winning side in 2004-05.

      Blues legend, Terry, who has spent 22 years at the club but will leave this summer, played 26 minutes after starting his second match in a row and was replaced to a standing ovation and a guard of honour from his team-mates.

      Willian’s equaliser  had already cancelled out Javier Manquillo’s third-minute strike by that point, and Eden Hazard and Pedro scored after the break to put the hosts in control.

      Substitute Michy Batshuayi grabbed a late double to seal a record-breaking 30th Premier League victory this season.

      It was the perfect prelude to the lifting of the trophy after the match and for Chelsea’s FA Cup final against Arsenal on Saturday.

      • Hull City 1 – 7 Tottenham  Hotspur

      Harry Kane finished as the Premier League’s top scorer for the second successive season after scoring a hat-trick as Tottenham thrashed Hull 7-1 on the final day.

      The striker, who netted four in a 6-1 win at Leicester on Thursday, followed up with two goals inside the opening 15 minutes at the KCOM Stadium.

      Dele Alli made it 3-0 before half-time and, after Sam Clucas pulled a goal back in the 66th minute, Spurs finished with a flourish.

      Victor Wanyama headed in before Kane completed his hat-trick and Ben Davies and Toby Alderweireld scored their first Premier League goals of the season.

      Kane wins the Golden Boot award with 29 goals, four more than nearest rival Romelu Lukaku.

      And the rout concludes another impressive campaign for Spurs, who finish second behind Chelsea on 86 points with just four defeats and a club-record 26 goals conceded.

      Hull, meanwhile, drop to the Championship with uncertainty over the future of Marco Silva, who was serenaded by fans throughout the match in a bid to keep him at the club, with  talks planned next week.

      • Watford 0 – 5 Manchester  City

      Manchester City sealed their place in next season’s Champions League by crushing Watford to finish third in Pep Guardiola’s debut season.

      City skipper Vincent Kompany was left unmarked to head in an early opener before Sergio Aguero twice clinically fired in after quick counters-attacks.

      The Blues, needing a point to guarantee a finish in the top four, were 4-0 up at half-time after Fernandinho bundled in.

      Gabriel Jesus clipped in a fifth after the break as Watford ended the reign of departing manager Walter Mazzarri with a shocking display.

      Mazzarri, who leaves after just one season, was booed by some Hornets fans during the game as the hosts suffered a sixth successive defeat to finish in 17th place.

      • Liverpool 3 – 0 Middlesbrough

      Liverpool secured their Champions League return as their initial nerves turned to jubilation and relegated Middlesbrough crumbled at Anfield.

      With top-four rivals Arsenal ahead at Everton, Liverpool were impotent in attack and twitchy at the back for most of the first half.

      But Georginio Wijnaldum eased the tension in injury time, bursting into the box and smashing in a fierce shot at the near post.

      Philippe Coutinho’s low curling free-kick six minutes into the second half was quickly followed by Adam Lallana slotting in to give the Reds a comfortable cushion to ride out to full-time.

      With Manchester City thrashing Watford, Liverpool finished fourth in the final Premier League table and will have to negotiate Champions League qualifying at the start of next season.

      • ​Arsenal 3 – 1 Everton

      Arsenal missed out on a place in the Champions League for the first time in 20 years despite beating Everton on the final day of the season.

      Arsene Wenger’s side got the win they required despite having defender Laurent Koscielny sent off for a reckless first-half challenge on Everton’s Enner Valencia. He will now serve a suspension that will keep him out of the FA Cup final against Chelsea at Wembley.

      Arsenal took the lead early on through Hector Bellerin’s far-post finish and Alexis Sanchez scrambled in a second after Koscielny’s dismissal to put the Gunners in control.

      It was to no avail as Liverpool completed their task by beating Middlesbrough to finish fourth.

      The Gunners did end the league campaign with a flourish though thanks to Aaron Ramsey’s brilliant injury-time strike from 20 yards after Romelu Lukaku pulled a goal back for Everton from the penalty spot.

      The hosts, who also had defender Gabriel taken off injured on a stretcher, now turn their attention to Wembley, after which an announcement on manager Wenger’s future will be made.

      • Manchester United 2 – 0 Crystal Palace

      Josh Harrop scored on his debut as Manchester United’s disappointing Premier League campaign ended with a comfortable victory over Crystal Palace.

      Harrop was one of four players given their first top-flight starts as manager Jose Mourinho named the youngest United line-up in Premier League history, with an average age of 22 years and 284 days.

      The 21-year-old midfielder was brimming with confidence and lashed in a superb finish from inside the box in the first half, and could have had a second, but curled an effort narrowly wide.

      Paul Pogba doubled the advantage with a low strike before being replaced by Michael Carrick with Wednesday’s Europa League final against Ajax in mind.

      With two minutes remaining the London-born and Salford-raised Angel Gomes replaced captain Wayne Rooney to become the club’s youngest ever Premier League player at 16 years and 263 days old.

      He is also the first player born in the 21st century to appear in the Premier League.

      Palace’s best chance went to Christian Benteke in the second half, but the striker’s towering header struck the foot of the post.

      Victory means United collect £28.5m in competition prize money for a sixth place finish – their second successive season outside the top four – while Palace end the season in 14th, earning them £13.3m.

      • Southampton 0 – 1 Stoke City

      Southampton” miserable home form continued as Peter Crouch struck the only goal of the game to help Stoke to a first away win since January on the final day of the season.

      The home side enjoyed the majority of possession but Nathan Redmond’s lob on to the bar on the stroke of half-time was their best moment until Crouch pounced.

      The striker’s 10th goal of the season arrived when he headed home a Geoff Cameron cross and they deserved the lead after creating openings throughout.

      Southampton rallied late on as Jack Butland produced fine saves to deny Steven Davis, James Ward-Prowse and Sofiane Boufal but Claude Puel’s side end the campaign without a win in five games at St Mary’s.

      His side end the season eighth, with their lowest points tally since 2012-13, while Stoke finish 13th, their lowest finish since the same season.

      • Leicester City 1 – 1 AFC Bournemouth

      Bournemouth secured their highest top-flight finish with a draw at Leicester on the final day of the 2016-17 Premier League season.

      Junior Stanislas put the Cherries ahead after just 59 seconds, smashing in a rebound from Ryan Fraser’s shot at the end of Lys Mousset’s driving run.

      Leicester started poorly but were transformed after the break and Jamie Vardy poked in Islam Slimani’s knockdown early in the second half.

      Vardy had a goal incorrectly ruled out for offside nine minutes later as he stabbed in after Slimani’s blocked shot, while Slimani headed badly wide when found in space by a Riyad Mahrez free-kick with five minutes to play.

      The Cherries – who finished 16th in their first Premier League campaign last year – end the season in ninth, while 2015-16 champions Leicester move down to 12th.

      • Swansea City 2 – 1 West Bromwich Albion

      Swansea City fought back from a goal down to beat West Brom on the final day of the Premier League season.

      Having secured survival a week earlier, the hosts were in relaxed mood at a relieved Liberty Stadium but fell behind in the first half as Jonny Evans nodded in from a corner.

      Swansea improved after the interval and equalised as Jordan Ayew headed his first goal for the club, before Fernando Llorente volleyed the winning goal with five minutes left.

      A fourth win in five games lifts the Swans up to 15th in the Premier League table while a ninth match without victory means West Brom finish the campaign in 10th place.

      Whereas the Baggies’ second-half decline was symptomatic of their fading fortunes at the end of the season, Swansea’s late revival was representative of their inspired run-in.

      • Burnley 1 – 2 West Ham  United

      West Ham ended their season with an away victory as they came from behind to beat Burnley at Turf Moor.

      Burnley went ahead when Sam Vokes scored his 10th league goal of the season when he finished off Andre Gray’s low cross.

      The hosts’ lead only lasted four minutes before Sofiane Feghouli netted to complete a fine move that also involved Edimilson Fernandes and Andre Ayew.

      Ayew scored the winning goal with a close-range header after Tom Heaton had pushed Fernandes’ shot on to the crossbar.

      The result means West Ham end the season in 11th place, missing out on a top-10 position on goal difference, while Burnley finish in 16th.