Aleksandar Kolarov joins AS Roma from Manchester City 


Manchester City defender Aleksandar Kolarov has joined Serie A club Roma on a three-year deal for a fee of £4.5m.

The 31-year-old, who played 247 times for City, won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and two League Cups in his seven years with the club.

The Serbia full-back moved to City from Roma’s rivals Lazio for £16m in 2010.
Kolarov becomes the latest defender to leave City this summer, following Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna out of the club.
“I am extremely happy to be here,” he said. “I will give 100% and more for Roma. My objective is always the same: to win.”

On leaving City he added: “When I came in 2010, honestly, I didn’t expect to play so long.

“Today is the day I have to say goodbye. For me, it’s a very sad day. I am proud that I was part of making City the club that it is.”
Kolarov will now join up with the Italian club in Boston as they continue their pre-season tour of the United States.

PSG confirm the sign of veteran defender Dani Alves on a two-year deal 


Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed the signing of Brazil international defender Dani Alves.
Alves negotiated his release from Juventus at the end of June and had been expected to come to the Premier League with Manchester City.

But the 34-year-old was approached by PSG last weekend and will instead ply his trade in France’s Ligue 1 after signing a two-year deal.
The formal Sevilla and Bacelona,34, defender become the  30th Brazilian to play for the Ligue 1 club.

“I’m extremely happy to sign for PSG,” Alves said at his unveiling. “In recent years, I have been able to gauge the incredible growth of this club, which has become a European football powerhouse. It’s very exciting to now be part of this great project! In all the clubs where I have played, I have always given my best to help my teams achieve as much as possible. Believe me, I am coming to Paris to win. I know the ambitions of my new club and the expectations of its many fans around the world. We’re going to share in some great times, I’m certain of that.”

“If Pep Guardiola and Manchester City feel hurt, I apologise to them. However, I have come here to become a champion.”

PSG are looking to bounce back from missing out to Monaco on the domestic title last season and Alves brings experience of almost constant success with him to the French capital.

He won six La Liga and three Champions League titles in his time at Barcelona and helped Juventus to Serie A and Coppa Italia glory in his one season in Turin.

PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi added: “Daniel has not only been one of the best defenders in the world for a dozen years, he is also a favourite figure for football enthusiasts across all continents.

“His drive and energy will bring a lot to our squad and our fans will love his rage to always be conquering.

“By choosing PSG, Dani has proved the vitality and attractiveness of our project.”

Alves has signed in time to be part of PSG’s International Champions Cup squad in the United States this summer and takes some pressure off of positional rival Thomas Meunier’s recovery from surgery on a left ankle problem before the end of last campaign.

Dani Alves snub Manchester City for PSG 

​Dani Alves is near completion of a move to Paris Saint-Germain after weeks of reports that the defender was set to join Manchester City.

The Brazilian was released from the final year of his contract with Juventus last month with a view to being reunited with Pep Guardiola at City, but instead is set to sign a two-year contract at PSG, according to multiple reports.

The 34-year-old was pictured having a medical in Paris on Tuesday, and L’Equipe reported he should be introduced this week before PSG leave for its U.S. tour.

Alves worked under Guardiola at Barcelona, winning the Champions League twice and La Liga three times in an extraordinary four years for the coach.

Amid his departure from Juventus, the right-back went so far as to say: “Everyone knows about my admiration for Pep Guardiola,” and City were eager to sign him, but the mutual attraction appears to have come to naught.

City are still without a senior recognised right-back after releasing Pablo Zabaleta, Bacary Sagna and Gael Clichy at the end of the their contracts.

Leicester agree deal in principle with Manchester City for Kelechi Iheanacho 

​Leicester City have agreed a deal in principle with Manchester City for the transfer of striker Kelechi Iheanacho.
The fee could rise to £25m for the 20-year-old but there are a number of contractual issues still to address – including whether or not there will be a buy-back clause, allowing Iheanacho to return to the Etihad for a fixed price in the future.
Iheanacho has to resolve a dispute over image rights with his former agent before any new contract can be signed.

Manchester City  trio make loan switch to NAC Breda

With their path blocked at the Etihad Stadium, the trio will head to the Netherlands looking to get important minutes under their belt.Manchester City have allowed Thierry Ambrose, Paolo Fernandes and Pablo Mari to link up with NAC Breda on loan for the 2017-18 season.

Ambrose is a 20-year-old forward who was tipped for big things at City before injury stunted his progress.

Fernandes is another exciting prospect, with the 18-year-old having contributed 13 goals and seven assists to the City cause in Premier League 2 and UEFA Youth League competitions last term.

He too will be getting his first taste of senior action in Holland


Mari will be seeking to kick-start his career.

The Spaniard took in time with Girona FC in 2016-17, but was afforded few opportunities.
All three City starlets will be gracing the Dutch top-flight next season after NAC secured promotion back to the big time with a play-off victory over NEC Nijmegen.

Juventus confirm imminent release, as Manchester City move nears


​Juventus have confirmed that Dani Alves will be released from his current contract, further clearing the way for Manchester City to secure a deal for the former Barcelona defender.
Alves won three La Liga titles and two Champions Leagues during Guardiola’s four years in charge at the Camp Nou before leaving for Juventus on a free transfer last summer, despite having 12 months on his Barca deal.

He helped the Italian team to a league and cup double and playing a crucial role in driving them to the Champions League final, where they lost 4-1 to Real Madrid.
He struggled initially in Serie A and fractured his fibula in November, which sidelined him for almost two months, but he returned to action at the start of February and went on to make 33 appearances, scoring six goals and collecting seven assists.

Alves’ relationship with the club began to deteriorate after the defeat in Cardiff, however, and his recent behaviour has angered supporters.
Last week Alves said in an interview with Brazilian TV that Juventus forward Paolo Dybala needs to leave the Serie A giants one day in order to improve as a player.
On Monday he further baffled fans by posting a picture of his boots from Barcelona’s 3-1 win over Juve in the 2015 Champions League final on his Instagram account, and Marotta revealed Alves has asked for a way out of his two-year contract with the club.
“Dani Alves has decided that he wants to change his surroundings, so we will come to a mutual agreement and we wish him luck,” Marotta told reporters on Wednesday.

“There has been no break-up with Dani, but motivation is fundamental for any footballer.”
Chelsea have also had a bid rejected by Juventus for Brazilian left-back Alex Sandro, according to  Marotta.

Dani Alves set for talks with Manchester City


Dani Alves is ready to hold talks with Manchester City and Chelsea after reportedly coming to an arrangement with Juventus on his contract.

 Alves is understood to be close to agreeing a £100,000-a-week contract with Pep Guardiola’s side.
The Brazilian full-back signed a two-year deal, with an option to extend with Juve last summer after leaving Barcelona, but the 34-year-old has managed to terminate his deal in Turin.
According to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, claims Alves has “asked to resign his contract” and will soon be free to negotiate a move away from Serie A with Man City and Chelsea both keen on his services.

Alves’ agent had a meeting with Juventus on Monday and made the club aware of his client’s desire to leave after just 12 months in Turin.

The defender is believed to be keen to link up again Pep Guardiola, who managed him at Barcelona – a coach he has claimed is a “genuis”.

“If you turn the word ‘computer’ backwards, it spells ‘Steve Jobs’. If you turn the word ‘football’ backwards, it spells ‘Pep’,” Alves wrote for the Players’ Tribune website ahead of the Champions league final last month. “He is a genius. I’ll say it again. A genius.”
Man City were reported to be preparing a £5million bid for Alves, but now the player will move on a free transfer after Juve and Alves came to an agreement on his remaining 12 months.

It is not clear whether Alves had to buyout his Juventus contract, but he will likely demand a big signing on fee from his new suitors, which will likely negate any fee he stumped up to Juve.