Man City 'hottest ticket in town'

Manchester United's Marcus Rashford Romelu Lukaku Paul Pogba Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Daley Blind celebrate a goal. Richard Carson Reuters

Manchester United's Marcus Rashford Romelu Lukaku Paul Pogba Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Daley Blind celebrate a goal. Richard Carson Reuters

Seventeen-year-old Phil Foden has been fast-tracked to the Manchester City first team by Pep Guardiola.

The Spanish youngster's first-team fate will depend upon whether City manage to sign another forward this summer, as they are still pushing to sign Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez and Monaco's Kylian Mbappe.

"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", he said.

Former City man Trevor Sinclair says: "Full backs are a huge part of Pep's teams and they've recruited very well while weakening a rival by getting Kyle Walker from Tottenham, plus strengthened at goalkeeper which was a position that hurt them last season".

Having lost Fernando to Galatasaray, there is a spot in Manchester City's squad for a defensive midfielder.

"Some of the transfer fees are insane but it shows how good these players are". He has to be strong but, of course, his quality is flawless for the way we want to play.

"We know from working in pre-season on the training pitch what our game plan is going to be in most games". One such club that is making an audacious attempt to sign him are Manchester City.

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City have spent around £200 million on new signings this summer after finishing 15 points behind champions Chelsea in the Premier League last season.

That is how you stay at the top for a sustained period of time.

"I will do my best like I did last season". The first clash came back in December 1992 as Paul Ince and Mark Hughes netted in a 2-1 home victory at Old Trafford, while the Reds' biggest derby win in the Premier League era was a 5-0 home success in November 1994 as Andrei Kanchelskis bagged a hat-trick and Hughes and Eric Cantona were also on target.

"We did it earlier and we are lucky because it would be more expensive now", said the Catalan.

With around three weeks of the summer transfer window remaining, there is still time for Benitez to both offload some of his unwanted players and land his remaining targets, although his need to do so will become all the more pressing as the days go by.

'For me he is a brilliant manager because of his personality; he wants to play his football and doesn't want to change, ' Bruno added.

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