Man City's Pep Guardiola: I'm not under extra pressure this season

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez must offload players before he can buy

As of Wednesday evening, Brahim was unsure whether he would be part of the squad travelling to Brighton, or playing for City's Under-23s against Chelsea in Manchester on Friday evening.

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.

"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.

Defenders Benjamin Mendy, Kyle Walker and Danilo have all arrived at the Etihad Stadium along with goalkeeper Ederson and midfielder Bernardo Silva to take City's expenditure to £217 million ($281 million, 238 million euros).

Foden is still expected to play for City's U23s at times this season, but can expect to gain a wealth of experience by being around the squad in training and on match days, as well as featuring in cup games and off the bench in occasional league matches. Intelligent players don't need time to be involved in the way we want to play.

What doesn't help is the fact that their best player, Eden Hazard, is set to miss the start of the season due to a fractured ankle. But I think it is unsustainable.

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 global talent having been recruited during the close-season.

"Hopefully next season I will be here and we are not going to spend how we spent this season", Guardiola said on Friday on the eve of his side's opening game of the new Premier League season at promoted Brighton and Hove Albion.

"We did it earlier, so we were lucky because now it would be so much more expensive with what has happened in the last weeks".

But how quickly they can gel into an effective Premier League unit will be one of the biggest tests facing Hughton's side. Sooner or later it's going to finish. We have to deal with that and handle that. "We are here to win the games and titles. We go to sign and other clubs are always going to ask us for more". "We did it without pressure in friendlies and now we have to see how we react under pressure".

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