After losing the top spot in the Premier League, Manchester City had the weekend to rest.
After losing their last three domestic games, Pep Guardiola’s team needed the international break. A weekend of reflection should do City the world of good and aid with the healing of those who have been injured.
When surprise package Brighton visits the Etihad Stadium this weekend, the champions are back in action. Here are your Monday, October 16, morning headlines.
Juve reiterates its regret for Haaland
Former Juventus manager Giuseppe Marotta has stated again that one of his biggest regrets is not signing Erling Haaland.
The City star was breaking into the league in 2017 while playing for Molde in Norway. Juventus brought Haaland to Turin to watch a game with the full idea of signing him for a portion of his current value when football fans and scouts were only recently becoming aware of a certain promising goal machine.
In an interview with ilBianconero, former Juve head Marotta reiterated his earlier admission that passing on acquiring Haaland was a mistake, this time blaming economic concerns.
“The biggest regret was not signing Haaland at Juventus when he was at Molde,” he remarked. “We were unable to finish the operation due to financial constraints.”
Possible sane return
Leroy Sane, a former City winger, has been predicted to make an unexpected comeback to the Premier League. The Sunday Mirror said that Liverpool have made the Bayern Munich winger their “top target” to perhaps take Mohamed Salah’s place.
The Egyptian’s contract at Anfield expires in June 2025, and Saudi Arabia made significant offers for him during the summer transfer window.
The likelihood that the winger, who signed with Liverpool in 2017, would move to the Gulf country is increasing, leaving Liverpool in need of a replacement. Since moving back to England six years ago, the 31-year-old has been nothing short of exceptional, scoring nearly 200 goals in just over 300 games for Jurgen Klopp’s team.
According to a report by the Mirror, the Merseysiders have chosen Sane as their preferred Salah replacement and are “ready to smash” their transfer record to bring him back to the Premier League.