Man City contact Barca in bid to land holding midfielder

Guardiola says the current squad are "young and will stay for the future".

"So yes we'll look at as many good experiences as we can do, and that's for the whole of the season, not just the start. We go to sign and other clubs are always going to ask us for more".

Brighton, who returned the top tier after a 34-year absence by finishing second in the Championship, last hosted City in a 2008 League Cup tie. "Close to the box he has the quality to score a lot of goals and he's a fighter too so he's going to help us during the season".

The Citizens completely changed the back four over the summer as Ederson Moraes, Kyle Walker, Danilo and Benjamin Mendy all joined, while Bernardo Silva was brought to reinforce the front line. "The market is so demanding for all the teams, not just Manchester City".

After bolstering their squad, Guardiola's side - who came third last season - have been made favourites to win the title, but the City manager said he could cope with that burden.

"I think he's close to coming back", he said.


"It's a wonderful game for the club and supporters, as a first game in the Premier League, but we have to make sure it's a good day for the team as well", said Hughton.

Guardiola actually enquired about Busquets last summer but a move never materialised, and it will surely be a hard task again this summer after Barca lost Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain in a world record transfer. We spent, of course, but all the teams spent - except maybe Tottenham.

"The club was clever like that because we anticipated what we needed".

Guardiola is credited with moulding the now 29-year-old into the ideal defensive midfield lynchpins, who has allowed attacking stars such as Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi, Pedro, David Villa, Alexis Sanchez, Neymar and Dani Alves to flourish over the years.

The City line-up for their 1-0 win was all-British but the eleven who will take the field on Saturday will be drawn from around the world - with even more worldwide talent having been recruited during the close-season. We can play good and we can win games. "We did it without pressure in friendlies and now we have to see how we react under pressure".

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