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Arsenal and Manchester City on alert as Isco set for Real Madrid exit

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Premier League champions Manchester City and top-half side Arsenal could make a bid for Real Madrid forward Isco in January as it is reported he is on his way out of the club.

Isco has been a peripheral figure at the Bernabeu under Zinedine Zidane this season, playing just 170 minutes. He also struggled for game time last season.

With Madrid said to be considering a January clear-out of some squad players, Isco is a clear candidate for the exit door.

Spanish news outlet AS has reported that both Arsenal and Manchester City are interested. With Madrid wanting Isco out, they may consider taking a reduced fee for him. Given that at 27 and with a contract that runs to 2022, they could ask top dollar for Isco, it could be a tempting deal.

It would certainly make sense for Arsenal, who have lacked creativity in midfield this season, especially without Mesut Ozil – who himself could be set to leave the Emirates in January.

For City, Isco would add to the already fierce competition for places at the Etihad stadium.

All the factz on Manchester City v Wolverhampton Wanderers

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After both sides played in Europe in midweek, it is back to domestic priorities for Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers as they meet at the Etihad Stadium.

Both sides want a win – City to close the gap to Liverpool, Wolves to get away from the relegation zone.

The match kicks off at 2pm, but it isn’t on TV in the UK. Here are the factz you need to know:

* Manchester City have won 19 of their last 21 PL matches. Their only defeat was against Norwich City.
* Wolves won last time out against Watford, but that was their first league win of the season. They’d drawn 4 of their opening 6 matches.
* City have scored 27 goals in their first 7 matches – the most at this point in the season since Everton 35 years ago.
* Wolves aren’t great away from Molineux – they’ve won 1 of their last 10 on the road, losing 5.
* City have scored in 43 of their last 44 PL matches at the Etihad Stadium. The only team to keep a clean sheet? Huddersfield Town.

Manchester United and Manchester City set for transfer battle for Benfica wonderkid

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Manchester United and Manchester City are both keeping tabs on Benfica’s highly-rates 20-year-old Florentino Luis with a view to making a bid next summer, according to reports.

Defensive midfielder Luis has impressed at the Portuguese side and is on the radar of many top clubs. For instance, Paris St-Germain had an advance rebuffed in the summer.

The Daily Star reports that City considered making a £55 million bid last summer but decided against it. Pep Guardiola’s scouts are keeping tabs on him however.

Meanwhile A Bola has reported that United scouts were watching Luis at Benfica’s recent victory over Braga.

However, should United or City – or both – make a move, they will likely have to meet or beat the release clause in Luis’ contract of £91 million.

That wouldn’t be a problem for either side, of course.

If Luis continues to develop as expected, then watch this space come summer 2020.

Bayern Munich to relaunch pursuit of Manchester City star Leroy Sane in January

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Perennial German champions Bayern Munich are preparing to launch another bid to sign Manchester City forward Leroy Sane in January, despite the player being out with a long-term injury. 

The Sun says that Bayern are not put off by the fact that Sane is set to be out until Spring 2020 with a cruciate ligament injury, suffering in the Community Shield match against Liverpool in August.

Bayern tried to sign Sane in the summer, but their bid of £70 million was rebuffed. After Sane was injured, the Bavarian side signed Philippe Coutinho and Ivan Perisic on loan.

City were asking £145 million for the German international at the time, which Bayern balked at. However, they will be hoping that, in light of Sane’s injury and that his contract is running down, City will drop their asking price.

But the indications are that City don’t want to do a deal and would rather hold onto the player. They haven’t given up hope of him signing a new deal to stay at the Etihad.

That said, City boss Pep Guardiola has said that Sane is free to leave if he wants to – although he’d rather that he stays.

All the factz on the August 31 3pm kick-offs in the Premier League

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There are six matches kicking off at 3pm in the Premier League today. 

It’s still early days in the season, but momentum is important and banking early points can be vital at both ends of the table.

Here are the factz you need to know:

Chelsea v Sheffield United
* Sheffield United haven’t won at Stamford Bridge since October 1992 – the inaugural season of the Premier League.
* Chelsea haven’t failed to score in a match against Sheffield United at home since 1922.
* Chelsea’s win last weekend was just their second in 8 matches.
* The Blues are unbeaten in their last 10 home matches, winning 6 of those.

* Sheffield United have lost just 1 of their last 10 League matches – but that defeat came last time out.

Crystal Palace v Aston Villa

* Villa won the last time the sides met in 2016 – one of only 3 wins that season for the Midlands side.
* Palace are one of the PL’s in form sides, accruing 30 points since February. Only Liverpool and Manchester City have won more.
* That said, they have only won 2 of their last 8 home matches, losing 3.
* Villa haven’t won on the road in the PL in their last 19 matches.

* Palace’s forward line of Jordan Ayew and Christian Benteke scored 49 PL goals between them for Villa.

Leicester City v AFC Bournemouth 

* Last season Leicester best Bournemouth 2-0 at the King Power Stadium. The Cherries prevailed 4-2 at the Vitality Stadium.
* The Cherries haven’t won at Leicester since 1988 when both sides were in the old Division 2 (now Championship).
* Leicester have won 4 and drawn 4 of their last 10 PL matches.
* Bournemouth have lost 5 of their last 10 PL matches, winning 3.

* The Foxes have won 4 of their last 7 PL home matches, losing just 1.

Manchester City v Brighton & Hove Albion

* City have done the double over Brighton for the past two seasons, and beat them in the FA Cup semi-final last season.
* City have won 16 of their last 17 PL matches.
* Brighton have won 2 of their 4 matches in all competitions this season.
* City have scored in 25 consecutive matches.

* The Seagulls have scored in 5 of their last 6 matches.

Newcastle United v Watford

* Newcastle took a 1-0 win last season against Watford. It ended 1-1 in the return match at Vicarage Road.
* The Magpies have lost 3 of their last 4 PL matches at St James’s Park, but did win the other.
* Watford have had an awful start to the season – they are the only side without a point so far in the PL. They have lost their last 6 in all.
* The Hornets haven’t kept a clean sheet in 18 matches, conceding 41 goals in that run.

* The all-time record between the sides is tight – in 45 meetings, Watford have won 16, Newcastle 15.

West Ham United v Norwich City

* West Ham have a great recent record against Norwich – they’ve won 4 and drawn 6 of their last 11 meetings.
* The Hammers have won two matches in a week, but have yet to keep a clean sheet this season.
* Expect goals – Norwich haven’t kept a clean sheet in their last 10 matches in all competitions.
* Teemu Pukki is the man West Ham need to stop – he has 5 goals so far this season.
* West Ham have 4 points – more than they’ve scored in August in any of the past 5 seasons.