Touts using football resale sites rip off fans and put them at risk

Guardian investigation finds vast numbers of tickets being sold on again despite it being illegal Football tickets are being touted on resale websites in vast numbers, a Guardian investigation has found, prompting warnings that fans are being ripped off and their safety put at risk. Undercover filming has revealed how websites including Viagogo and Ticketbis exploit alliances with professional touts to bypass laws drawn up to improve fan safety, and prevent touting, following the Hillsborough disaster. Continue reading...

Touts using football resale sites rip off fans and put them at risk

Guardian investigation finds vast numbers of tickets being sold on again despite it being illegal Football tickets are being touted on resale websites in vast numbers, a Guardian investigation has found, prompting warnings that fans are being ripped off and their safety put at risk. Undercover filming has revealed how websites including Viagogo and Ticketbis exploit alliances with professional touts to bypass laws drawn up to improve fan safety, and prevent touting, following the Hillsborough disaster. Continue reading...

Fabian Delph cleared to fly home during World Cup for birth of third child

• Gareth Southgate will allow Manchester City player to join wife
• Phil Jones is in a similar position and can also return home Fabian Delph has been given permission by Gareth Southgate to fly home from the World Cup to be at the birth of his third child, and the England manager will allow Phil Jones to do the same and be his own pregnant wife should he wish. Related: World Cup Fiver | The curious incident of the opossum and denied time Continue reading...

Manchester United close in on €50m Fred but balk at Milinkovic-Savic fee

• United hope to finalise deal with Shakhtar Donetsk
• Lazio asking price for Milinkovic-Savic is €100mManchester United are closing in on the signing of Brazil midfielder Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk for €50m (£43.7m) but an attempt to add Sergej Milinkovic-Savic to José Mourinho’s squad have been put on hold for now after Lazio set the 23-year-old’s asking price at €100m (£87.4m). United are in advanced talks with the Ukrainian club and representatives of Fred, who had also interested Manchester City as a potential long-term replacement for Fernandinho, and hope to finalise a deal in the coming days. Predominantly a defensive midfielder who can also play at left-back, the 25-year-old signed a five-year contract in January and was included in Brazil’s squad for next month’s World Cup. Continue reading...

Manchester City will have to pay Leicester in region of £75m for Mahrez

  • Considerable add-ons will supplement basic fee of £60m
  • Guardiola turned to Mahrez after Sanchez joined United
Manchester City will have to pay a basic fee of £60m for Riyad Mahrez, with Leicester City also to demand considerable add-ons which could push the final price closer to £75m for the 27-year-old. The total would still be closer to the champions’ own valuation and is considerably lower than the total package of £95m demanded by the 2016 title-winners in January. That resulted in the Manchester club walking away, with the hierarchy believing the demand to be particularly unrealistic. Continue reading...

Pep Guardiola considers making move for Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt

• De Ligt could replace Vincent Kompany at Manchester City
• Highly-rated 18-year-old has been capped by NetherlandsPep Guardiola is monitoring Ajax’s highly-rated 18-year-old defender Matthijs de Ligt as a potential long-term replacement for Vincent Kompany. De Ligt fits the profile of a young, technically astute defender who could slot into City’s playing style. The centre-back is experienced at the highest level having started last May’s Europa League final defeat to Manchester United in Stockholm. De Ligt also played the entirety of Netherland’s 1-0 defeat to England in Amsterdam in March and, in total, has made 34 appearances in all competitions this season. That follows last year’s debut campaign that featured 22 games, including an international debut in a World Cup qualifier against Bulgaria. Continue reading...

Pep Guardiola revives interest in signing Riyad Mahrez from Leicester

• Mahrez almost joined Manchester City in January
• Guardiola also keen to sign Napoli midfielder Jorginho Pep Guardiola has revived his interest in Riyad Mahrez, with Manchester City’s manager having continued to monitor the Leicester forward following the breakdown of a prospective deal in January. Mahrez saw a move to the Etihad Stadium collapse during the winter transfer window after the 2016 Premier League champions stated it would take a “mind-blowing offer” from City to prise him away. City were quoted a package worth around £95m, while they themselves valued the 27-year-old closer to £60m. While no formal offer was made for Mahrez, who is contracted until 2020, informal discussions between City’s chief executive, Ferran Soriano, and his opposite number, Susan Whelan, did occur. Continue reading...

Arsenal managerial candidate not ‘tough’ enough to steer club’s helm

Former Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has surfaced as a potential candidate to take the batten from Arsene Wenger in the north-Londoners’ dugout, although Henry Winter – speaking on The Sunday Supplement – is under the impression that Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City assistant isn’t ‘tough’ enough to man the club’s vacant helm. Arteta, 36, has fine-tuned […]

Manchester City seek to salvage season with Champions League place

In April Nick Cushing’s charges were on course for the treble of WSL, FA Cup and Champions League. A few weeks later and securing second place is all that remains open to themWhen Manchester City announced that their women’s team would be embarking on a ground-breaking tour of the United States this summer a glorious treble remained within the grasp of Nick Cushing’s side. It was April and optimism at the Etihad Campus, where Cushing’s players share many facilities with Pep Guardiola’s Premier League champions, was high. Then the setbacks began. First, City lost an FA Cup semi-final to Emma Hayes’s Chelsea and then Lyon knocked them out at the same stage of the Champions League, before Hayes’s team clinched the Women’s Super League title. Continue reading...

Pep Guardiola signs two-year Manchester City contract extension

• Manager had one season remaining on his deal
• Guardiola due to spend at least five years with CityPep Guardiola has signed a two-year contract extension at Manchester City, taking him to the end of the 2020-21 season. If Guardiola sees out the contract he will have spent five years at City, longer than his spells as manager of Barcelona or Bayern Munich. Continue reading...

Danny Welbeck makes final England World Cup cut whilst Jack Wilshere misses out

Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck has been named in Gareth Southgate’s 23-man 2018 World Cup squad as part of England’s attacking regiment, however Jack Wilshere, who beat his injury demons during the 2017-18 campaign, has startlingly been left out of the definitive final cut, a baffling decision which has subsequently infuriated a large majority of football fanatics. […]

Jack Wilshere left out of 23-man England World Cup squad

England manager Gareth Southgate shortlisted his 23-man World Cup squad on Tuesday morning and it’s arisen that Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere – according to a report published by The Telegraph – has failed to make the former Middlesbrough captain’s final cut for this summer’s tournament, a revelation which has left many baffled. Though the 26-year-old playmaker […]

Pep Guardiola: ‘the human quality of Manchester City players is outstanding’ – video

Around 100,000 fans turned out to see Manchester City's Premier League victory parade through the streets of the city centre.  Pep Guardiola's side won the title by 19 points, with second-placed Manchester United never threatening to usurp them. Their 1-0 win over Southampton on the final day of the season also saw them become the first team to secure 100 points in the season Continue reading...

Kevin De Bruyne says Manchester City points total may never be repeated

• City finished season with 100 points, a first in English top division
• De Bruyne says this team better than Arsenal’s 2004 Invincibles Kevin De Bruyne believes Manchester City’s feat in reaching 100 points may be impossible to repeat, though he says this should be the challenge for Pep Guardiola’s side next season. Gabriel Jesus’s stoppage-time winner against Southampton at St Mary’s on Sunday enabled the Premier League champions to become the first club to reach that mark in England’s top division. Continue reading...

Premier League 2017-18 review: young player of the season

Man City, Liverpool and Spurs all gave youth a chance to telling effect but there were plenty more young pretenders
Welcome to theguardian.com review of the 2017-18 Premier League season. We have nominated some contenders for this category but this is just to get the discussion going: offer your suggestions below the line … Continue reading...