Man City 2019 pre-season: Friendlies, transfers, rumours & Premier League fixtures

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The Premier League champions will follow up a title-winning campaign by embarking on an Asian tour

Following from a hugely impressive season for Manchester City, where they won the domestic treble for the first time in history, capped by a tremendous 6-0 annihilation of Watford in the FA Cup final, Pep Guardiola will be eager to get preparations for the upcoming campaign under way.

The Sky Blues were crowned Premier League champions ahead of second-placed Liverpool in what was one of the most thrilling title races in recent history, and there is no doubt that they will be pushing to win a third consecutive league victory.

Guardiola's side will surely, however, have winning the Champions League as a top priority come next season after their European campaign ended in disappointment in the quarter-final stage at the hands of Tottenham.

Ahead of the upcoming campaign, Goal takes a look at Man City's pre-season friendly schedule, the club's transfer activity and when their Premier League defence begins again.

Man City pre-season fixtures

Date Match Time (UK / US ET) Venue
Jul 16 West Ham 1:30pm /  8:30am Nanjing Olympic Sports Center, China
Jul 19 TBC 11am /  6am Hongkou Football Stadium, China
Jul 24 Kitchee 1pm / 8am Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong
Jul 27 Yokohama F. Marinos 11:30am / 6:30am International Stadium Yokohama, Japan
Aug 4 Liverpool* 3pm / 10am Wembley Stadium

*2019 Community Shield

Man City's confirmed pre-season friendlies include participating in the Premier League Asia Trophy, kicking off with a match against Premier League opponents West Ham in China on July 16.

Should they win, they will progress to the finals of the mini-tournament. A game against Kitchee is in store before they face off with Yokohama F. Marinos in Japan shortly after.

They will, of course, be meeting with Liverpool at Wembley in the Community Shield to serve as the curtain-raiser for the new 2019-20 season.

Typically, the Community Shield is contested by the winners of the Premier League and FA Cup, but since City won both, their opponents will be second-placed finishers Liverpool.

Man City 2019-20 transfer activity

Vincent Kompany, Man City

Former City captain Vincent Kompany announced his departure from the Etihad and his return to Anderlecht as player-manager following the end of his contract a day after the Sky Blues won the FA Cup against Watford, after 11 years at the club. 

City will be expected to do business in the summer to retain their Premier League title and to push for their coveted Champions League win. Rumour, however, have surfaced of Guardiola leaving his post at the Etihad to assume managerial duties at Juventus, although he has vehemently denied this.

Spain international Rodri has emerged as a top target for City, though the club will be wary of alleged FFP breaches that could potentially impact their participation in the Champions League.

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Transfer activity in

Position Player Transferred from Fee Date
GK Zack Steffen Columbus Crew £7m Jul 9

Transfer activity out

Position Player Transferred to Fee Date
CB Vincent Kompany Anderlecht Free agent Jun 30
DF Tom Dele-Bashiru Released Free Jul 1
MF Patrick Roberts Norwich City Loan Jul 1

Man City 2019-20 Premier League fixtures

Man City begin their defence of the Premier League title on August 10 with an away fixture against West Ham.

Tottenham lie in store the following week, with Bournemouth, Brighton and Norwich City completing their opening five gameweeks.

Click here to see Man City's Premier League fixtures in full.