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Report: Manchester City to leave Hart, Bony, Mangala and Nasri off U.S. tour

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Some of Manchester City’s most expensive signings will be left home this month as the team heads to the U.S. for the start of its preseason slate.

According to the Daily Mail, Pep Guardiola has decided to leave goalkeeper Joe Hart, defenders Eliaquim Mangala and Jason Denayer, midfielder Samir Nasri and forward Wilfried Bony back in Manchester ahead of the club’s U.S. tour. Combined, the players are reportedly valued at more than $155 million.

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All five players spent last season away from the Etihad Stadium on loan and are reportedly not in Guardiola’s plans for the upcoming season.


AFCON wrap: Results keep Group C undecided

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Like Group A, Group C in the Africa Cup of Nations has very little decided ahead of the final group stage match.

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Ivory Coast 2-2 DR Congo

A thrilling first half had DR Congo leading 1-0 and 2-1, with only Wilfried Bony netting for the Ivory Coast. Les Elephants grabbed a draw through Serey Die’s 67th minute goal.

DR Congo now leads the group and is primed to advance with a result against Togo or a Morocco loss or draw against Ivory Coast.

Morocco 3-1 Togo

Mathieu Dossevi gave Togo a surprise fifth minute lead lead, but Aziz Bouhaddouz kickstarted the Moroccan attack to plug the victors into Group C’s second spot ahead of a Jan. 24 showdown with Ivory Coast.

Saturday’s matches

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Egypt vs. Uganda — 2 p.m. ET

Stoke City 3-1 Swansea City: Bony, Allen punish former employer

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  • Bony scores twice vs former team
  • Adam hits two first half posts
  • Routledge scores

Wilfried Bony bagged a brace against his old squad as Stoke City handed Swansea City another loss, this one a 3-1 defeat at the Britannia Stadium on Monday.

Ramadan Sobhi forced Swansea into an own goal for Stoke’s other goal, while Wayne Routledge netted for Swans.

Swansea remains 19th with 5 points, and have gained one point in three matches under new coach Bob Bradley.

Stoke moves up to 12th, with 12 points.

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Bony scored after just three minutes, darting onto a mishit Joe Allen shot and blasting it into the roof of the net from inside the six. 1-0.

The visitors drew level when Gylfi Sigurdsson chipped a ball toward Routledge, who would’ve earned a penalty had he not headed home; Phil Bardsley was hugging him like a cheap suit.

Marko Arnautovic had a shot deflect wide of the goal soon after, and Charlie Adam hammered a shot off the right post in the 23rd minute.

Then Arnautovic rounded Lukasz Fabianski before passing the ball off the left post. Swans would soon run out of fingers to count their blessings.

That’s not to say the Welsh side had no chances, as Routledge forced Lee Grant into a tremendous save in the 43rd minute. The corner was wasted, though, and we went to halftime level at 1.

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Stoke went ahead through Sobhi, the exciting Egyptian winger who worked the left side of the box before drawing a shot across goal that Swans’ center back Alfie Mawson pushed over his own line. It seems destined to be an own goal.

Arnautovic slipped Joe Allen through on Fabianski in the 73rd minute, and Allen pushed his own rebound to Bony for a headed finish.

Swansea should’ve had a penalty kick when Routledge was slammed down by Erik Pieters inside the 18. No luck for Bradley and Swans on a rough night in Stoke.

Stoke City sign Wilfried Bony on loan from Manchester City

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Wilfried Bony is a Potter.

The Ivorian striker, 27, has joined Stoke City on a season-long loan from Manchester City after he didn’t feature in Pep Guardiola‘s plans at the Etihad Stadium.

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Bony moved to Man City in January 2015 for $37 million after a breakout 18 months with Swansea City which saw him score 35 goals in 70 appearances for the Swans.

Stoke have been searching for a central striker to finish chances for the past two seasons with Marko Arnautovic, Bojan Krkic and Xherdan Shaqiri creating plenty of chances for Mark Hughes‘ side.

Bony joins Peter Crouch, Mame Diouf and Jonathan Walters as the central strikers in Stoke’s squad and his arrival seems to all but end the Potters’ long-term interest in West Brom’s Saido Berahino.

Getting Bony through the door when the likes of West Ham United and Everton were also interested is great news for Stoke as they have also added Derby County goalkeeper Lee Grant on loan and are expected to add Dutch international defender Bruno Martins Indi on loan later on Deadline Day.

Transfer rumor roundup: Yedlin bids from Newcastle, Villa; Bony to West Ham

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There’s no shortage of transfer rumors this Tuesday, and that’s on the heels of moves for two Manchester United defenders and an American player heading to a La Liga struggler.

West Ham United has been working since before the end of last season to bring a truly elite striker to the Olympic Stadium, only to learn that a lack of UEFA Champions League football is a legit concern for top-end finishers.

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With Andy Carroll joining West Ham’s list of walking wounded, the Irons could be turning to Ivorian striker Wilfried Bony. The Man City man was a monster at Swansea City, averaging a goal every other game, but has not found his growl at the Etihad Stadium.

The race to win the signature of USMNT and Tottenham Hotspur speedster DeAndre Yedlin is heating up.

Yedlin, 23, helped Sunderland stay in the Premier League at the expense of Northeast rival Newcastle United and PL mainstay Aston Villa last season, and now is wanted by both sides as they contest the Championship.

The defender had previously been linked to Trabzonspor, Hull City, and Derby County, and will certainly want to go somewhere with the expectation of starting. With United likely to sell Daryl Janmaat and Villa seeking an upgrade on Alan Hutton, could Yedlin be playing under either Rafa Benitez or Roberto Di Matteo for about $7 million?

Antonio Conte knows his Serie A as well as he knows his defenders, and has apparently been rejected in a big money bid for a star in both categories.

Alessio Romagnoli, 21, is one of the best young defenders in Italy, having moved from Roma to AC Milan last season, and Conte reportedly offered close to $40 million. Milan paid $28 for Romagnoli last season, and doesn’t want to sell him. In fact, their valuation is said to be below Conte’s offer.

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