Pep Guardiola Looking To Add To His Manchester City Squad

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Pep Guardiola : Big-spending manager leads chase of Chelsea

The Seagulls splashed out £10 million on experienced PSV midfielder Davy Propper, while they've agreed a £16 million, club record deal for 25-year-old Colombian global winger Jose Izquierdo.

Pep Guardiola's revamped Manchester City launch their assault on the 2017-18 Premier League title with a trip to Premier League new boys Brighton. We played 3-4-3 with a diamond, it's such a demanding system, so attacking, but so demanding defensively, and we did it quite well, yet for me it doesn't matter as it's pre-season.

Top four: Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool. The French full-back joined City for £49 million over the summer transfer window but has struggled with a thigh injury.

"It started with Real Madrid and Ronaldo going for £80 million and then Bale for £85 million and everything went more expensive". There is no doubt that anything short of the title this season will be unsatisfying, after all the heavy involvement in the transfer market.

"When they play far away from our goals it is not too bad".

"We probably have to concentrate on the levels that we can affect".

"That's what we expect from him". We try to attack more fluently, and more times maybe this season, but it's a process to do that and sometimes you need a little bit more time.

"You've got to be able to overcome those hard experiences that are going to come in this league".

The club reacted with a glut of new signings - three new full-backs in Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mendy and Danilo, plus goalkeeper Ederson and playmaker Bernardo Silva - and now look a force to be reckoned with. I think we have addressed the defensive issues that we had last season and the players Guardiola has brought in are strong and fast. I assure you that.

"We had one of the oldest teams in the Premier League so we chose to put energy in the team for the next five, six years", Guardiola said during his pre-match conference on Friday.

"It is not just us".

Neymar would like to play in the Premier League one day, according to his Brazil team-mate Gabriel Jesus.

It was a season's end that represented the start of a long period of instability for both clubs, with Brighton nearly going out of the league altogether in 2006 and City hitting the unthinkable low of third division football in 1998.

After being linked with Manchester United for weeks, Alvaro Morata signed for Chelsea after the Manchester club chose to rope in Romelu Lukaku instead.

Guardiola said last month he still wants to buy another new centre back - despite spending £218 million already this summer. "The club was clever like that because we anticipated what we needed." .

The former Arsenal and Barcelona striker believes City can improve on their third-placed finish from last season because their manager simply "won't accept" anything less that a championship.

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