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Benfica have announced that they have agreed a deal to sell the centre-back Ruben Dias to Manchester City for €68m plus a potential €3.6m in add-ons. Nicolas Otamendi will join Benfica or a fee of €15m.

Dias, the Portugal international, has agreed a five-year contract with Pep Guardiola’s side, while Otamendi will join Benfica on a three-year deal. The Argentinian leaves City after five seasons at the Etihad Stadium.

Dias will now fly to Manchester to complete a medical and should be unveiled this week. The 23-year-old is a product of Benfica’s academy and has 19 international caps. The defender was named man of the match in Portugal’s 2019 Nations League final victory against the Netherlands.

Guardiola has already recruited Nathan Ake this summer in a bid to strengthen his defence. City had been keen on Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly but were unwilling to meet the Italian club’s €80m asking price. On Sunday they lost 5-2 to Leicester City.

Dias’s arrival may mean Eric Garcia is allowed to join Barcelona. The centre-back wants to move with his City contract expiring next summer, and the La Liga side are expected to step up their interest. Jean-Clair Todibo may be sold to raise funds, with Everton and Fulham reportedly interested in the French defender.

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Arsenal vs Liverpool Preview

Arsenal will go into Monday’s clash against Liverpool with the hope to end their long unbeaten run in the Premier League at Anfield.

It is the first of two meetings between Liverpool and Arsenal in the space of four days as they will square off again in the Carabao Cup on Thursday.

Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 60 Premier League games stretching back to April 2017 – the third-longest such streak in English top-flight history. 

Also, it means Liverpool are fast closing in on second place on that list, a 63-game run they managed themselves which ended in December 1980.

It is a big task for Arsenal as they search for a first Premier League win at Anfield since a 2-0 win back in 2012 following strikes from Lucas Podolski and Santi Cazorla.

However, the Gunners will be banking on their recent impressive form against the Reds after recording victories in their last two meetings in the league last season and the Community Shield.

Both sides have won two from two in the league so far this term, meaning that at least one of their perfect records must go in the final match of gameweek three.

Jurgen Klopp’s side did not look quite as invincible when they welcomed newly-promoted Leeds United to Merseyside in their last home game, surrendering the lead on three separate occasions before Mohamed Salah’s hat-trick heroics eventually sealed a 4-3 victory.

They have now conceded three or more goals in consecutive home league games for the first time since September 1982, and Arsenal will fancy their chances of causing them more problems with the firepower at their disposal.

Meanwhile, on the injury front Liverpool are without captain Jordan Henderson for this match after he failed to fully recover from the injury which forced him off at half time against Chelsea.

Summer signing Thiago Alcantara could be set for his full debut as a result but the Spaniard missed training on Saturday to raise doubts over his own involvement.

Also, Liverpool are sweating over the fitness of Alisson Becker after he alongside Alcantara picked up knocks in training.

There is better news elsewhere on the injury front with Joe Gomez expected to be available after returning to training on Friday.

Gomez missed out last weekend and was replaced at the heart of the defence by Fabinho, who impressed but could return to his more natural midfield role for this match.

James Milner is a major doubt due to a calf strain, while Joel Matip and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are both confirmed absentees.

Arsenal have a number of injury problems themselves, but Kieran Tierney is expected to be fit after pulling out in the warm-up ahead of last weekend’s win over West Ham.

The former Celtic star will likely take the place of Sead Kolasinac in the back three, although David Luiz is now available again too, which could free Tierney up to move to left wing-back.

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Barcelona demolish Villereal

Lionel Messi scored a penalty as Ronald Koeman’s era as Barcelona boss began with a comfortable La Liga win over Villarreal.

Ansu Fati was the game’s outstanding player and scored Barca’s first two goals, with a first-time finish from a Jordi Alba ball and then a low drive from Philippe Coutinho’s pass.

He won the penalty which Messi scored.

Barca had the game wrapped up by half-time as Pau Torres turned Messi’s cross into his own net.

Unai Emery’s Villarreal offered little opposition, with their only shot on target coming in the final minute.

Messi is the sixth player to score a goal in 17 different La Liga seasons, joining Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos, who joined that club on Saturday.

It was Messi’s first game since trying to leave his only club in the summer.

Messi, 33, submitted a transfer request – claiming he was allowed to leave for free because of a clause in his contract – but Barca said he could not leave for less than 700m euros.

He reluctantly announced he would stay because no team would pay that price, and he did not want to take the club to court.

He started in the centre but played on the right and left in a flexible front line.

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Manchester City are set to sign Portugal defender Ruben Dias from Benfica for £65m his week.

City’s Argentina centre-back Nicolas Otamendi, 32, will go the other way for about £13.7m in a separate transfer.

Manager Pep Guardiola has wanted a right-sided central defender since Vincent Kompany retired last summer.

Dias, 23, was captain for Benfica’s win over Moreirense on Saturday and hugged team-mates and sporting director Rui Costa at the final whistle.

After the match, Dias – who had scored his 12th goal for the club in 133 appearances – told Benfica TV: “It was a very important game for me and being able to mark it with a goal was very special.

“I believe that everyone already has an idea why I hugged Rui Costa.”

While Dias’ transfer is yet to be completed, only a few minor details remain to be agreed.

The failure to secure a replacement for former skipper Kompany was seen as a major reason for City not putting up more of a challenge to Liverpool in last season’s Premier League title race.

Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly, 29, was initially City’s top target this summer, but the Italian club wanted £80m for the Senegal defender, which City were not prepared to pay.

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A Jamie Vardy hat trick and goals from James Maddison and Youri Tielemans helped Leicester City beat Manchester City 5-2 on Sunday.

Ederson could do little in the City goal as Vardy and Tielemans fired three penalties past him. Vardy and Maddison added two from open play while goals from Riyad Mahrez and Nathan Ake did little for City’s hopes.

City had not conceded five goals in a home game since February 2003 against Arsenal and it was the first time their boss Pep Guardiola had seen a side he is managing concede five in what was his 686th game in the dugout.

The hosts came out of the blocks the much better team at the Etihad Stadium out of the blocks the much better team, opening the scoring through former Leicester City player Mahrez on four minutes.

A perfectly weighted corner from Kevin De Bruyne was headed out of the box by Leicester but only as far as Mahrez who, unmarked, waited for the ball to bounce before curling it beautifully into the top right corner with his left foot.

City went on to enjoy over 80% of the possession in the opening 25 minutes but failed to capitalise on that time with a goal.

Rodri appeared to have scored after 35 minutes when he got his head to a De Bruyne free kick but replays showed he was offside and the goal was disallowed.

It was a frantic minute as Leicester immediately went on the attack. Harvey Barnes ran the ball down the pitch and put a good ball into Vardy who went down in the box under pressure from Kyle Walker. Michael Oliver pointed to the spot and the 2019-20 Golden Boot winner converted.

Vardy added to his tally nine minutes into the second half when Timothy Castagne put a low cross into the box and he got in front of his man to chip the ball over Ederson.

Eric Garcia conceded a second City penalty on 57 minutes when he brought Vardy down in the box. The 33-year-old stepped up once again and while Ederson went the right way, there was no way he could stop Vardy’s fast and low shot going into the bottom right corner.

Maddison added Leicester’s fourth on 77 minutes after receiving the ball in space on the left. He cut inside and curled the ball past Ederson with his right foot.

Ake managed to pull one back for City on 84 minutes after he headed the ball into the net from a set piece but it wasn’t to be enough as Tielemans converted a penalty moments later.

“We have set up to infuriate them and it has worked a treat. We knew if we stuck to our plan we would get some chances,” Vardy said after the game.

“It’s always cat and mouse. It’s a gamble both ways. I know where I am going to put it and he knows where he is diving. [I’m] over the moon to get the goals.

“It’s only a start. The way we finished last season was not good enough so we have to keep it going now.”

Despite looking uncomfortable in his movement in the latter stages of the match, Vardy confirmed that it was a minor bone issue that was niggling at him and not something more serious.

The defeat snapped City’s 11-match unbeaten home run in the league dating back to last season, while it was also their first defeat in an opening top-flight home game since a 2-1 loss to Southampton in 1989.

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Jarrod Bowen scored twice as West Ham United picked up their first win of the Premier League season with a 4-0 success against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Hammers, who had lost their four previous matches against Wolves without scoring, went 1-0 up on 17 minutes. A quick free-kick from Pablo Fornals picked out Bowen, who expertly curled a low shot beyond Rui Patricio.

Fornals blasted over from close range in an opening 45 minutes dominated by the home side.

West Ham doubled their tally in the 57th minute when Bowen tapped in a loose ball after Fornals’ long-range effort hit the post.

The Hammers added a third when Tomas Soucek’s header from Aaron Cresswell’s corner was deflected in for an own goal by Raul Jimenez.

Sebastien Haller headed in a fourth in stoppage time, meaning West Ham and Wolves now both have one victory from their opening three matches.

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European champions Bayern Munich suffered their first defeat since December when their 23-match winning run was ended by a shock 4-1 Bundesliga defeat at Hoffenheim on Sunday.

Hoffenheim, the current league leaders, raced into a 2-0 lead with early goals by defender Ermin Bicakcic and striker Munas Dabbur.

Although Joshua Kimmich gave Bayern a lifeline just before the break, Croatia international striker Andrej Kramaric netted a second-half goal and converted a late penalty to seal the win.

It was the first time Bayern have lost under head coach Hansi Flick in any competition since going down 2-1 to Borussia Moenchengladbach on Dec. 7, 2019.

Hoffenheim coach Sebastian Hoeness is the nephew of Bayern’s honorary president Uli Hoeness and left Munich’s reserves in July to take over at the new Bundesliga leaders.

Bayern looked tired in Hoffenheim, showing the effects of being taken to extra time in the UEFA Super Cup on Thursday before beating Sevilla 2-1 in Budapest.

The defeat brings to an abrupt end Bayern’s run of 23 consecutive wins, a record for a club in one of Europe’s five main leagues, surpassing Real Madrid’s 22 straight wins between September and December 2014.

With Robert Lewandowski rested ahead of Wednesday’s German Super Cup showdown at home to Borussia Dortmund — the chance to win a fifth title in 2020 — his 19-year-old understudy Joshua Zirkzee struggled to spark Bayern’s attack.

Hoffenheim took full advantage of Munich’s lethargy with Bicakcic giving them the lead on 16 minutes when he out-leapt Corentin Tolisso at a corner and headed past Manuel Neuer.

The hosts doubled their lead when Bayern defender Benjamin Pavard tried to snuff out a counter-attack, but his pass rolled into the path of Israeli striker Dabbur, who held his nerve to chip the ball over Neuer on 24 minutes.

It was the first time Bayern have been two goals down since they lost 5-1 at Eintracht Frankfurt in November 2019, a defeat which cost Flick’s predecessor Niko Kovac his job.

Bayern knuckled down and went in 2-1 down at the break after Leroy Sane’s superb pass across the box eventually landed at the feet of Kimmich who fired home superbly from the edge of the box on 36 minutes.

Hoffenheim could have had a third goal as their Croatia striker Andrei Kramaric clipped the crossbar after his shot beat Neuer on the stroke of half-time. Flick responded by beefing up his side by bringing on Lewandowski and central midfielder Leon Goretzka for Zirkzee and Pavard respectively on 57 minutes.

Lewandowski went close with a couple of half chances but Kramaric made sure of the win when he finished a counter-attack with a stunning strike on 77 minutes. With the visitors growing ever more desperate, Bayern conceded a penalty in added time when Neuer brought down replacement forward Ihlas Bebou in the area and Kramaric converted the resulting penalty.



Luis Suarez scored twice and assisted on his Atletico Madrid debut as he helped his new side to a comprehensive win over in-form Granada on Sunday.

The Uruguayan only had a 20-minute cameo for Diego Simeone’s side but he enjoyed an action-packed period on the pitch, as he also won a penalty in that timeframe which was overturned by VAR.

Atleti were in control of the game throughout and they opened the scoring in the ninth minute through a Diego Costa header but they were denied a second as Saul Niguez’s penalty was stopped by visiting goalkeeper Rui Silva.

However, the floodgates opened in the second half with Angel Correa, Joao Felix and Marcos Llorente – assisted by Suarez – all on the scoresheet, before the former Barcelona striker got off the mark at his new club from a headed finish.

Jorge Molina pulled a late consolation goal back for Granada – who had won their opening two league games – but it was not enough to spoil Atleti’s party and Suarez had time to net his second and Atleti’s sixth, as he followed up after his initial effort came back off the post.



Tammy Abraham struck in stoppage time to complete a spectacular second-half comeback for Chelsea at West Bromwich Albion.

Callum Robinson’s arrowed finish gave West Brom a fourth-minute lead and the striker capitalised on a loose touch from Chelsea debutant and captain Thiago Silva to double the advantage on 25 minutes.

West Brom had a third two minutes later as Kyle Bartley converted Darnell Furlong’s flick at a corner.

Mason Mount’s long-range shot gave Chelsea hope 10 minutes after half-time. Callum Hudson-Odoi added a second after a neat exchange with Kai Havertz.

And three minutes into time added on, Abraham tapped in Sam Johnstone’s parry as Chelsea came from 3-0 behind to avoid defeat for the first time in the Premier League.

A first draw of the 2020/21 season moves Chelsea to sixth with four points. West Brom’s first point moves them out of the bottom three.

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AC Milan and Roma have joined the list of clubs who want to sign Max Aarons from Norwich City.

Both Italian clubs intend to submit a bid to Norwich for 20-year-old Aarons in the near future.

Barcelona and Bayern Munich also want him if they fail to sign Ajax’s 19-year-old USA international right-back Sergino Dest.

Aarons, however, would like to wait a little longer to see how the situation with Dest develops, with both Barcelona and Bayern having previously expressed concrete interest in the highly-rated England U21 defender.

It was reported earlier this month that Barcelona had agreed personal terms with Aarons over a loan move to La Liga.

But the deal broke down after Norwich were reluctant to let the defender leave because there was no obligation to buy at the end of the loan.

Earlier reports from Germany also showed that Bayern were prepared to pay €20m (£18.3m) to sign Aarons permanently, while Bayer Leverkusen have also been keen on the defender.

£30m-rated centre-back Ben Godfrey has also attracted interest from AC Milan, and from Leverkusen.

Aarons enjoyed an impressive 2019/20 campaign under Daniel Farke, excelling in 40 appearances in all competitions, despite Norwich’s relegation to the Sky Bet Championship.

He is under contract at Carrow Road until June 2024.

Aarons could become the second player to move elsewhere in the window following Norwich’s demotion to the second tier, with Jamal Lewis having already joined Newcastle United for £15m.