The lunchtime kick-off in the Premier League sees champions Manchester City travel to the London Stadium to take on West Ham United.
City are looking to get their title defence off to a perfect start, having seen rivals Liverpool cruise to a 4-1 win over Norwich City last night. Meanwhile the Hammers have invested heavily over the summer and will be gunning for a good start.
The match kicks off at 12.30pm and it is live on BT Sport. Here are the factz you need to know:
* Manchester City have won all four of their previous visits to the London Stadium, with an aggregate score of 17-1.
* However, the London Stadium is something of a fortress for West Ham this year; they’ve lost just once in 9 PL games in 2019, winning 5.
* But the Hammers haven’t kept a clean sheet against City in 16 matches in all competitions.
* City have won all of their previous 14 PL matches.
* In that run, of 7 away matches, City have conceded just twice.
German champions Bayern Munich are waiting for Leroy Sane to make a decision on where his future lies before making any bid for him.
Bayern have targeted Sane this summer as they seek to replace departing stars Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben. The 23-year-old German would fit the bill for the Bavarian side but they are waiting for Sane to say that he wants to join them before making any bid.
Sane has been thinking over the move on his holidays but now he has returned a decision is expected soon. He was in and out of the City starting XI last season, but boss Pep Guardiola sees him as an integral part of the squad.
However, City are confident that Sane will stay at the Etihad Stadium and they have been negotiating a new contract with him for some time, which they hope he will sign.
If Sane does indicate he wants to return to his homeland, then City will want a hefty fee for him. At his age, then City will be looking for upwards of £50 million, if not closer to £80 million.
Manchester City face a battle to sign Juventus right-back Joao Cancelo with Barcelona ready to enter the race.
City have been looking to strengthen their options at right-back – despite having Kyle Walker and Danilo in the squad – and have earmarked Cancelo as their top target. Should Cancelo sign, then it is expected that Danilo would be sold.
The Portuguese international, 25, would cost about £60 million. He has been impressive in his two seasons in Turin, helping Juve to successive Scudettos and also was a part of the Portugal squad that won the Nations League recently.
However, while a deal is thought to be close, City could yet face competition for his signature, with Spanish champions Barcelona reportedly set to join the race for him. Barca are looking for upgrades to their squad as they seek to retain their La Liga title and make another assault on the Champions League trophy.
Juventus appear prepared to sell, and make a profit on the £35 million they paid for him.
Leicester City defender Harry Maguire is set to complete an £80 million move to Manchester City this week, according to reports.
City’s rivals Manchester United has been thought to be in pole position to sign the 26-year-old but now their rivals are set to bag the England international having made a huge wage offer.
City have offered Maguire £280,000 per week – something he is believed to have said is too good to turn down, according to the Daily Mirror.
They have also reportedly agreed to Leicester’s £80 million valuation of him – something United were baulking at.
However, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reportedly not given up hope of signing Maguire and could come back in with another bid.
Leicester City are loathe to lose one of their star players, but a bid of £80 million would be hard to turn down. Especially so if the player has had his head turned.
City manager Pep Guardiola is thought to see Maguire as the successor to Vincent Kompany, who left the club at the end of last season. For Maguire, joining City would allow him to fulfil is ambition of playing Champions League football.
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