Aymeric Laporte
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City has secured defensive cover by signing center back Manuel Akanji from Borussia Dortmund for 17.5 million euros ($17.5 million) on Thursday.
A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Saturday:


The first trophy of the English season is up for grabs when Manchester City and Liverpool meet in the Community Shield, the annual match between the Premier League champions and the FA Cup winners.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte underwent knee surgery during the offseason and will not return before September, manager Pep Guardiola said Friday.
Leeds defender Diego Llorente will replace the injured Aymeric Laporte in Spain’s squad for the Nations League, the Spanish soccer federation said Wednesday.
Manchester City winning the Premier League title hardly comes as a shock. After all, this is a sixth league championship in 11 seasons for one of the world’s richest clubs, placing it among the most dominant periods in the history of the English game.
Raheem Sterling’s two goals started and ended Manchester City’s 5-0 rout of Newcastle that regained top spot in the Premier League for Pep Guardiola’s team.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City moved on from the disappointment of its Champions League exit with a 5-0 rout of Newcastle that sent the defending Premier League champions three points clear of Liverpool at the top on Sunday.
Manchester City just couldn’t shake off Real Madrid in the Champions League. City beat Madrid 4-3 in the first leg of the semifinals in a wild match that resembled a basketball game at times but will leave Etihad Stadium wondering how the record 13-time champions are still in it.
SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) — Manchester City’s long winning run in the Premier League ended at 12 matches on Saturday after a 1-1 draw at Southampton, which took points off the leaders for the second time this season.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City isn’t short of goals in the title defense, and the champions found a way to make it unintentionally even more entertaining against Leicester.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Champions Manchester City overcame heavy snow and a battling West Ham side to claim a hard-fought 2-1 victory in the Premier League on Sunday.
Crystal Palace player Wilfried Zaha has called on Instagram to take racism more seriously after being targeted with abuse after scoring in a 2-0 win at Manchester City on Saturday.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City slumped to a second loss in its Premier League title defense as goals by Wilfried Zaha and Conor Gallagher earned Crystal Palace a 2-0 win at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
Kevin De Bruyne scored Manchester City’s second equalizer in the front of the Kop to secure a 2-2 draw at Liverpool in the Premier League.
Mohamed Salah was too busy being asked about his wonder goal against Manchester City to get the chance to savor it again for himself after full time at Anfield.
MADRID (AP) — Coach Luis Enrique has called up Sergio Reguilón to replace the injured José Luis Gayà for Spain’s World Cup qualifier against Kosovo, the Spanish soccer federation said Monday.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Jack Grealish scored his first goal since a British-record $139 million move to Manchester City in a 5-0 win over Norwich on Saturday, helping the champions earn the first points of their Premier League title defense.
Italy has reached the European Championship final by beating Spain 4-2 in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw.
ZURICH (AP) — Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte is switching from France to Spain ahead of the European Championship.
LONDON (AP) — Part one of Manchester City’s treble chase has been ticked off.

Aymeric Laporte headed in Kevin De Bruyne’s free kick in the 82nd minute to give City a 1-0 victory over Tottenham on Sunday that clinched the League Cup for a fourth successive season.
Manchester City has won the League Cup for a fourth successive season by beating Tottenham 1-0. Aymeric Laporte’s header in the 82nd minute sealed the victory over a Tottenham side being managed by 29-year-old interim rookie Ryan Mason after Jose Mourinho’s firing on Monday.