Manchester City to Keep Faith With Benjamin Mendy After Opting Against Ben Chilwell Move

Manchester City are confident that Benjamin Mendy can put his troubles behind him after shelving plans to pursue Leicester’s Ben Chilwell.

Since arriving at the Etihad for a fee of £52m in 2017, Mendy has struggled with a host of injury problems – sustaining knee ligament damage not long after arriving, before suffering metatarsal and meniscus injuries this season.

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Those injuries restricted Mendy to just ten Premier League appearances last season, fuelling speculation that manager Pep Guardiola may look to bring in reinforcements – namely Ben Chilwell of Leicester.

But the Standard report that those plans are now on the back-burner, with City instead looking to put their faith in Mendy ahead of next season. The Citizens have ready replacements waiting in the wings already, in the form of Oleksandr Zinchenko, who has recently signed a new long-term deal, as well as Aymeric Laporte and Fabian Delph.

As well as his injury issues, Mendy has reportedly had a strained relationship with his manager during periods of his City career. 

Guardiola was particularly displeased with the left-back arriving late to a rehabilitation session as ​he had been watching an Anthony Joshua fight the night before, while the French World Cup winner has also irked his manager with his ​active presence on social media and irregular sleep pattern.


Despite this, Mendy’s future as the club’s first choice left back seems assured, with Man City re-focusing their recruitment effort on the opposite flank. 

City have been linked with ​Juventus right-back Joao Cancelo, in a move that could see Danilo head for the exit door. Former City academy graduate Angelino, meanwhile, has been tipped to return to the club should Cancelo opt to stay in Turin.

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FIFA Open Disciplinary Proceedings Against Cameroon Following Conduct During WWC Loss to England

FIFA have opened disciplinary proceedings against Cameroon in the wake of their conduct during the controversial VAR infused 3-0 defeat to England in the Women’s World Cup.

The Lionesses sealed the win that saw them progress and set up a quarter-final tie with Norway on Thursday, but the game was marred by the reactions of the Cameroonian players following a series of VAR reviews.

On two occasions, Cameroon refused to restart play after two goal decisions went against them. ​Sky Sports revealed the decision by football’s governing body, who say disciplinary proceedings relate to “team misconduct” and “offensive behaviour and fair play”.

The first incident saw Ellen White net in added time of the first half, a goal which was correctly allowed after the linesman had initially ruled the England striker to be offside. Having led 1-0 at the time, the goal handed Phil Neville’s side a crucial two-goal cushion ahead of the second period, although the protests from Cameroon players threatened to disrupt the game.

Within minutes of the players taking to the pitch for the second half, the Indomitable Lionesses were also visibly upset when Ajara Nchout’s goal was ruled out for offside, again correctly overturned by VAR.

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It wasn’t just the review system that was spoken about after the game, as a series of poor challenges also took place throughout the match.

Cameroon were fortunate to finish the game with 11 players after Yvonne Leuko was only booked for an apparent elbow on England winger Nikita Parris and Augustine Ejangue appeared to spit on Toni Duggan. 

The worst incident was left until the latter stages, however, as Alexandra Takounda was lucky to be shown only a yellow card for a horrific late challenge on captain Steph Houghton which leaves the England skipper a doubt ahead of the Norway game.

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Barcelona Make First Contact With PSG Over Proposed Neymar Return

Barcelona’s attempts to lure Neymar back to Camp Nou this summer look to have taken tentative steps forward after the club’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu made contact with PSG over a potential deal.

The 27-year-old moved to Paris in a blockbuster world-record move two years ago, worth a staggering €222m – but things have not gone as planned in the French capital.

Neymar has struggled with a host of injury problems – stemming from being kicked up and down the field every week in Ligue 1 – and PSG have failed to make any significant Champions League progress.

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Those issues, along with a string of off-field distractions, have seen a shock return to Catalonia become a real possibility, and the latest update on this developing story comes from France.

Le Parisien (via Spanish publication AS) claim Barça president Bartomeu has made first contact in regards to a possible deal, though he was met with a distinctly cold shoulder – perhaps a sign that any transaction is unlikely to be straight forward.

At the very least, Barça have now made their interest in bringing Neymar back to the club known – in the public domain at least – and it is now a case of putting together a financial package that PSG deem to be worthy of considering.

​Reports have suggested that the Blaugrana will need to break that record-breaking €222m fee in order to facilitate a move, while rumours of a part-exchange deal involving Philippe Coutinho, who has struggled to settle at the club, or Ousmane Dembele – who has also failed to make the grade in Spain – are also in circulation.

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This particular report suggests Barça will need to essentially payback what they received two years ago if they are to have any chance of concluding a deal. That would tend to suggest that earlier claims from Spain that a five-year contract has already been agreed between Neymar and the club are simply not true.

Contrasting developments are expected over the coming days, and it’s highly probable that this story will dominate the summer headlines – which may come as somewhat of a relief to those bored of the Antoine Griezmann saga, which looks set to end with ​Barcelona finalising a £107m deal on July 1.

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Bristol City Complete Permanent Signing of Chelsea’s Jay Dasilva on 4-Year Deal

Bristol City have confirmed the signing of Chelsea youngster Jay Dasilva on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

The 21-year-old spent last season on loan at Ashton Gate, making 28 Championship appearances as Lee Johnson’s side flirted with the playoffs after a number of eye catching displays.

Dasilva has now opted to make the permanent move, leaving Chelsea three years after graduating from the club’s academy. In a statement on their ​official website, Bristol City CEO Mark Ashton revealed his delight at sealing the deal.

“We saw first-hand last season just how talented Jay is and he quickly earned the respect of the City supporters.

“His talents are clear for all to see and I am delighted we have been able to make Jay a permanent figure at this football club.

“He has all the attributes we’ve been looking for and he will continue to flourish in the set-up and style of football which Lee Johnson and his staff have implemented.”

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Robins manager, Lee Johnson added:​ “Jay proved to be such a great fit for us and is committed to helping City grow further. He is a young English player, with fantastic ability, and he will only become a better player.

“With Lloyd Kelly’s move, it was a priority for us to secure an established left-sided player and, having fulfilled that role along with Lloyd last season, Jay was a player we were very keen to bring here permanently.

“He is energetic, quick and has the ability to both defend and attack, so he is an exciting addition to the squad and I am delighted we can continue to work with him.”

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Dasilva will meet up with his new teammates for pre-season training after returning home with England from the UEFA Under-21 European Championships – having been eliminated in the group stages.

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Everton: 5 Things to Know About Brazil’s Copa America Star & Man City Transfer Target

Brazil have been at their scintillating best during this summer’s Copa America, smashing in goals left, right and centre en-route to setting up a quarter-final clash with Paraguay.

One player who has emerged from the Selecao shadows is exciting forward Everton Soares, who has two goals and an assist to his name.

The 23-year-old has been touted as a potential Manchester City target for a number of months, and his performances will do little to dampen speculation of a move to the Etihad. 

Despite this, Everton isn’t well known across Europe – so 90min is here to right that wrong with five things to know about him…


He’s Affectionately Nicknamed After a Cartoon Character

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Although not unheard of for South American footballers to be given nicknames, it is still something that is rather novel for the rest of us.

Looking like a character from a Brazilian comic book, supporters affectionately chant ‘Little Onion’ to him. The character in question is called ‘Cebolinha’ from the comics ‘Monica’s Gang’. Cebolinha has a small tuft of hair on his head, which is presumably where the comparisons come from, looking a bit like the bottom of an onion.

As affectionate as the name ‘Little Onion’ is, in a footballing sense it doesn’t quite compare to his compatriot Hulk.


He is Already a Copa Libertadores Winner 

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The Gremio man has already won a major continental trophy, having lifted the South American version of the Champions League in 2017. 

Last year’s clash between River Plate and Boca Juniors gave us an insight into how big the competition is, so a winner’s medal on Everton’s résumé is pretty tasty indeed – even though he didn’t play a huge part in Gremio’s success that year.

The competition resumes in July with Gremio through to this season’s last 16, so there’s every chance that Everton can help his side push on for a second tournament win in three seasons.


Gremio’s President Considers Him ‘One of the Best Players in South America’

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Gremio’s club president Romildo Bolzan has previously said Everton is “one of the best players in South America, and maybe even the world. He is exceptional”.

Although a player at his own club, which may elicit some bias, this is high praise indeed. Most have not seen much of the Brazilian until this year’s Copa America, but it is clear that he is held in high regard back home.

The praise doesn’t stop there either – Brazil teammate Filipe Luis added after the win over Peru recently that: “I can easily see him playing in Europe, he’s ready for it.”


So Ready Perhaps That Manchester City Are Keen on Him

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You must be doing something right if Pep Guardiola and Manchester City want you, right? After all, the Citizens have an abundance of quality in their squad – and in Leroy Sane and Riyad Mahrez, they have two of the best wingers in the Premier League fighting it out for a starting spot in the team.

A move to the Etihad is entirely within the realms of possibility – remember current City striker Gabriel Jesus made the very same leap from Brazil back in 2017 – months after agreeing to join from Palmeiras.

Neighbourhood rivals Manchester United have also been credited with interest in signing Everton, but City do remain clear favourites to snap him up. Champions League football, back-to-back Premier League title wins and the chance to work under Guardiola are just a few reasons why he might consider moving to the blue half of Manchester at this particular point in his career.


He is Currently Filling Neymar’s Boots

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Now, no one expects this to be permanent, however, Everton is currently occupying the left-wing position vacated by the injured ​Neymar. And he’s doing a pretty good job so far.

Showing the same degree of pace, skill and impetus that we expect to see from the PSG man, Everton is catching the eye – cutting in on his right foot to devastating effect.

He’s even seen off competition from Ajax winger David Neres – who is wanted by a string of European giants and was widely tipped to replace Neymar in the side – and looks to have more than secured his place for the remainder of the Copa America.


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