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Ferran Torres to complete Man City transfer after medical with Nathan Ake set to follow next week

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FERRAN TORRES is just the start as Manchester City begin to flex their muscles once again.

The Valencia winger will become City’s first signing of the summer when he puts the finishing touches to his move in Barcelona today.

Valencia winger Ferran Torres is likely to complete his £20.8m move to Man City this week, although might wait before travelling to England

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Valencia winger Ferran Torres is likely to complete his £20.8m move to Man City this week, although might wait before travelling to EnglandCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Bournemouth centre-back Nathan Ake will be moving to the Etihad for £41m

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Bournemouth centre-back Nathan Ake will be moving to the Etihad for £41mCredit: Rex Features

City’s initial £20.8million deal is likely to kick off a busy summer in the transfer market at the Etihad.

Torres should officially be a City player this week although, due to the coronavirus, he will not be landing in England for a while.

Instead, the 20-year-old wide man is heading to Catalonia, to undergo a medical and sign the forms.

But when he does finally make it to Manchester next month, he will not be the only new kid in town.

A £41m price has also already been agreed with Bournemouth for Dutch centre-back Nathan Ake, 25.

He is currently on holiday but the Cherries expect things to be finalised within the next week.

The disappointing thing was the distance to Liverpool. They were extremely motivated as they narrowly lost the championship last year. So we will have great motivation next year.

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Just eight days ago, City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain said he hoped to move quickly to secure the club’s targets.

Yet nobody expected two deals to be done quite this quickly and their summer rebuilding plans are by no means finished.

Pep Guardiola would ideally like a top-class centre-back to partner Aymeric Laporte next season.

Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly is at the top of their wanted list but City have had problems with the Italian side and their outspoken owner Aurelio de Laurentiis in the past.

The £80m asking price for a 29-year-old is also likely to be a stumbling block, so alternatives are being lined up.

Villarreal’s Pau Torres and Diego Carlos of Seville are among the other options being discussed.

Ideally, they would like to keep young defender Eric Garcia — despite Barcelona’s efforts to take the 19-year-old back to the Nou Camp.

Bayern Munich left-back David Alaba, who can also play in the middle of defence, would be a dream signing for Pep Guardiola

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Bayern Munich left-back David Alaba, who can also play in the middle of defence, would be a dream signing for Pep GuardiolaCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Man City hope to fend off old club Barcelona's interest in defender Eric Garcia

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Man City hope to fend off old club Barcelona’s interest in defender Eric GarciaCredit: Getty Images – Getty

A new left-back has been discussed and Pep would love to be reunited with his old Bayern Munich favourite David Alaba.

And at some stage, City are going to have to find a replacement for 32-year-old striker Sergio Aguero — who has only 12 months left on his contract and cannot go on forever, even if he is persuaded to stay on.

After back-to–back Premier League titles, finishing 18 points behind Liverpool was not good enough.

Midfielder Ilkay Gundogan said: “The only really disappointing thing in the season was the great distance to Liverpool. It was frustrating because we know we can do better.

“Liverpool were extremely motivated because they had narrowly lost the championship against us last year.

“So it follows that we will have great motivation to be at the top again next year.”

Being cleared to play in next season’s Champions League has also seen a great burden lifted off everyone’s shoulders at the Etihad.

Gundogan, 29, told Kicker: “The result is decisive for me as a player. I’d like to play in the Champions League for the rest of my career.”

When European competitions resume this week, all players will wear messages of ‘thank you’ to key workers on their shirts.

Man City have £41m transfer bid accepted for Nathan Ake by Bournemouth

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9pm Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Alex Telles terms ‘AGREED’, Sancho TOP target, Khedira FREE, Traore linked

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THE transfer window rolls on for Manchester United – and reports suggest they are close to landing Porto’s Alex Telles.

And Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side kick off their season this weekend, hosting Crystal Palace in the Premier League.

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Phil Mickelson US Open horror show costs punter £35,000 after they bet him to complete career Grand Slam at Winged Foot

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THE miracle the world’s bravest – or dumbest – punter was hoping for never looked like happening, as Phil Mickelson waved a sad farewell to the US Open.

A Las Vegas gambler slapped down £35,000 on Mickelson at odds of 75-1 before the start of the tournament, hoping to scoop a £2.6million jackpot.

Mickelson suffered a shocker on the course where he threw away the 2006 US Open

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Mickelson suffered a shocker on the course where he threw away the 2006 US OpenCredit: AP:Associated Press

That looked wildly optimistic considering Mickelson is now eligible for the over-50s Champions Tour – where he recorded his only victory this year – and he squandered a host of winning chances in this event when he was in his heyday.

His backer must have been getting excited after the five time Major champion started the tournament with birdies at the first two holes. But it was all downhill from there.

Mickelson, 50, collapsed to a first round 79 as he hit only two fairways, and threw in nine bogeys and a double.

It would have taken the greatest comeback of all time – and a torrent of birdies – for Lefty to have won after that.

But the punter was soon tearing up his betting slip as Mickelson could only manage a four over three par 74 in the second round, to finish on a sorry-looking 13 over.

And it seems even more certain that the Major he needs to become only the sixth player to complete the Grand Slam will remain out of reach.

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Mickelson’s frustration was picked up by the TV cameras, as he yelled “I’m so sick of this”, after sending yet another tee shot hurtling miles wide of the short stuff.

He left Winged Foot knowing he should have been a US Open champ long before this.He has been a runner-up six times, and his cruellest defeat came at this course in 2006.

Mickelson needed a par at the 72nd hole for victory, or a bogey to take Geoff Ogilvy to a play-off – but a trademark wild drive led to double bogey six. He will surely never have a better chance than that.

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Thiago Alcantara seals Liverpool transfer in £25million deal from Bayern Munich in huge coup for Jurgen Klopp

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LIVERPOOL have confirmed the signing of midfielder Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich.

The Spaniard, 29, has signed a four-year deal.

Liverpool have confirmed the signing of midfielder Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich

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Liverpool have confirmed the signing of midfielder Thiago Alcantara from Bayern MunichCredit: AFP or licensors

Liverpool are believed to have paid a transfer fee of £25million including potential bonuses.

The Premier League champions saw off competition from Manchester United to seal the deal for in-demand Champions League winner.

Thiago said: “I think it’s an amazing feeling. I was waiting for this moment for a long time and I am very, very happy to be here.

“When the years are passing, you are trying to win as much as you can – and when you win, you want to win more.

“I think this club describes what I am as well; I want to achieve all of the goals, win as many trophies as possible.

“It also [has] this kind of family [feeling] that I need because we [like to] have a very close relationship with the club and I think I will feel this, I will have this feeling, with this club as well.”

Thiago arrives in England having helped Bayern dethrone Liverpool as kings of Europe by beating PSG in the Champions League final last month.

He spent seven seasons in Germany, having signed from Barcelona in 2013.

The midfielder won the Bundesliga title in every season with Bayern, finishing with 235 appearances for the club.

Thiago – who has  39 caps for Spain – had just a year left on his current deal in Munich before embarking on a new challenge.

He added: “I must adapt to the team as fast as I can in the situation and the context that we are living right now.

“Everything is more compact and we started a little bit later, but still it is football and I think we have to mix all the big things up, all the good things we have.

“I will help the team in a defensive and offensive [way] and also in a mental aspect.

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“[The fans] are not more excited than I am, for sure not! It is not about saying words, it is about doing the things.

“I will give my heart on the field to my teammates, the club and also to the fans.”

There has been speculation that current midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum could be on his way out of Anfield, with the Netherlands international entering the final year of his contract.

He’s been linked with a move to Barcelona.

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