Truth behind Koulibaly and Thiago rumours
Well-placed sources have poured cold water on reports City have lodged bids for Kalidou Koulibaly and Thiago Alcantara.
While Koulibaly has been on City’s radar for some time, it is understood the Italian media have jumped the gun with claims of a £57million bid being made.
As for Thiago, suggestions that City have offered £27m for the Bayern Munich man - also linked with Liverpool - are not believed to have any substance.
City’s interest in Koulibaly has been well documented, and the club could yet move for an additional centre-back despite already having clinched a deal for Dutch international Nathan Ake.
However, the club is not understood to be in the market for a central midfielder this summer, despite the departure of David Silva upon the expiry of his contract.
Why Lyon aren’t happy with Champions League referee choice
Uefa have appointed Dutch referee Danny Makkelie to take charge of Manchester City’s Champions League semi-final against Lyon, and the French club are reportedly unhappy with the decision.
Lyon’s fate in this season’s competition could have a huge bearing on Dutch club Ajax, who will face a play-off if the French side win the competition but will go straight into the group stages if Lyon fall short.
Former Dutch referee Dick Jol, who took charge of the 2001 Champions League final, has said the governing body should have “never” put Makkelie in this position.
“Financially – and in a sporting way – there is so much at stake in this game. Makkelie is not to blame," Jol said. "I don't doubt his integrity for one second.
“He has a massive reputation with UEFA and he is making an international career in a great way.
“But what happens if he gives a penalty to City late in the game? And if City win, fingers will get pointed at him.”
Gundogan issues warning to City ahead of Champions League quarter-final
City might be favourites to beat Lyon in their Champions League quarter-final, but midfielder Ilkay Gundogan is well aware of the narrow margins at play.
Lyon upset the odds to beat Juventus in the last round, winning 1-0 in France and progressing on away goals after a 2-1 defeat in Turin.
City have been eliminated from the competition on away goals before, and the single-leg format for the remainder of this season’s competition means things can be similarly tight over 90 minutes.
Speaking ahead of the Lyon game, Gundogan noted City’s opponents will be “highly motivated” and “have nothing to lose”.
"I'm not already thinking about a possible semi-final yet and it's really not possible to say what will happen in the other games as well,” the German midfielder said . “Anything can just happen in only 90 minutes. You have to perform as it's already a final.
"One mistake can decide the round. But we're feeling very focused as there's absolutely no distraction here in Lisboa - and it's only the UCL tournament left - no Premier League or anything else."