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Pep Guardiola will have his first taste of play-off experience when his side tackles Steaua Bucharest in the Champion’s League play-off. Manchester City will be happy to have avoided big names like Roma and Moanco. City should start favorites against the Romanians and should progress easily. The free spending Premier League side has reached the semi-finals in previous edition and hope to do better under Guardiola. A play-off win will put City in the company of Leicester City, Arsenal and Tottenham in the group stages.
English Premier League is close to the start of another exciting season. With so little time between now and the season kick-off, we are witnessing so much action in the pre-season transfer window.
Manchester United has been one of the busiest clubs in the off-season. They still have one big move up their sleeves with old academy graduate Paul Pogba expected to come back to Old Trafford in a world record deal. That may not be their last piece of business as Jose Mourinho is still looking for a leader of his defense. If Marcos Rojo or Dailey Blind leave in this window, expect one more experienced defender joining Mourinho’s revolution.
All the clubs in England are giving final touches to their season’s preparations with last-leg friendlies. But that hasn’t stopped the transfer market buzzing with news. The biggest story is yet to crack with Paul Pogba, Juventus and Manchester United yet to give shape to the costliest transfer in football history. Thankfully, that’s not the only action around. Let’s look at what’s cooking with most of the clubs.
It is a winning return to the English Premier League for Jose Mourinho as his new-look Manchester United side started the 2016-17 season with a win in the Community Shield. Their 2-1 win over Leicester City on Sunday at Wembley gave United their first piece of silverware under Mourinho.
Bundesliga may have lost some of its charm because of the dominance of Bayern Munich but the league isn’t still just about them. Borussia Dortmund have regained some of the lost ground last year under Thomas Tuchel and will look to stretch the defending Champions in the 2016-17 season. Also in limelight will be the usual heavyweights Schalke, Bayer Leverkusen and Wolfsburg among others. We look ahead to what’s happening at each of the clubs in the transfer market.
It’s an open secret that Jose Mourinho coveted the Old Trafford job for so long. When he was eventually snared by Manchester United, analysts were happy to point that it’s a perfect match. With the Portuguese tactician ready to wield his axe, what will happen to all those youngsters who gained prominence under Louis Van Gaal?
One of the biggest casualties could be the fleet footed Belgian Adnan Januzaj. The only shining light of a disastrous David Moyes era, Januzaj has seen his stock fall so low that even a loan deal with Borussia Dortmund turned sour. With question marks on his attitude hanging over his neck, the youngster has so much to prove. A move to Sunderland to link up with Moyes or a loan-deal with another club? Either way he looks set for the exit door!