De Gea was close to moving to the Santiago Bernabeu in 2015 before a dodgy fax machine scuppered the transfer, but Real remain keen to sign the goalkeeper as they look to replace Keylor Navas.
Liverpool are unbeaten in 14 league home matches against Manchester City, winning the last four in a row.
By Steve Douglas in Manchester.
"He was in Barcelona this week and the news is quite good".
Bristol City were duly dominated for the opening quarter of an hour but, backed by a strong away following singing in a south-western accent, Johnson's side surprisingly withstood the early pressure.
The 32-year-old has played a key role for City this season, but it has been suggested that Guardiola is wary over the amount of games that the central midfielder has competed in since August.
The Liverpool centre-back is ready to make his Premier League debut for his new club
The European champions also endured a setback in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday, drawing with second-division club Numancia 2-2 at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium and advancing to the quarterfinals thanks only to a 3-0 first-leg win.
Manchester City went close to breaking the deadlock on the quarter-hour mark when a flowing move concluded with Bernardo Silva's goal-bound shot taking a deflection off a Bristol City defender.
Their 5-0 thrashing at City earlier in the season was Klopp's heaviest defeat in all competitions as Reds boss, and his joint-heaviest ever managerial loss.
Leipzig hosts Schalke in a clash between candidates for second place, while injury-hit Borussia Dortmund hosts Wolfsburg. Raheem Sterling, operating as a lone striker with Sergio Aguero benched, looked destined to equalise when he chipped the onrushing Fielding but from underneath his own crossbar, Flint found enough space to head the effort over. It's exciting and for me it's a challenge to see how good I can be, how I can get to the best level.
Cavani was not the only PSG player to return late from South America as Javier Pastore also failed to report to training in time after the winter break.
De Bruyne surged forward playing it to Sterling who laid it back to him and the Belgian rifled the ball into the net to provoke a sigh of relief from players and home fans alike.
"It's interesting to play against City".