Money no object for City, but Guardiola must deliver

Manchester City's Danilo celebrates a goal with team mates. Lucy Nicholson Reuters

Manchester City's Danilo celebrates a goal with team mates. Lucy Nicholson Reuters

According to Spanish radio station Onda Cero (via the Manchester Evening News' Alex Porter), City are looking to strengthen their midfield following the sale of Fernando and have contacted Barca about potentially buying Busquets.

"We have spent, yes, but all the teams - with the exception of Tottenham - have spent", Guardiola said.

Third placed City finished 15 points behind Premier League champions Chelsea, crashed out of the Champions League against Monaco and failed to reach either of the domestic cup finals.

However, Barcelona are unlikely to want to sell another of their key players, especially after Neymar's move to PSG last week.

"We decided last season we could change the team to make the team younger for the next four or five years". We are getting a bad price on this bet so I would avoid it.

Guardiola seemed unprepared for the rude physicality of English football and was derided for saying he was "not a coach for the tackles" after a one-sided 4-2 defeat at Leicester City. The defensive midfielder role looks a little fragile with Yaya Toure and Fernandinho both on the wrong side of 30. Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero are both looking in good form and they should provide plenty of goals for the team from the north of England.

Manchester City open their Premier League campaign at newly promoted Brighton on Saturday.

One of the Sky Blues' current key weaknesses is in central defence, where John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi have yet to convince.

City is much more equipped to launch a sustained title challenge, with Guardiola close to having his ideal squad.

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

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