Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola makes Sergio Busquets enquiry

Marco Green
August 13, 2017

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"I think Manchester City be right up there challenging for the title", said Hughton. "We are going to see at the end of the season what happens knowing how hard it is".

"But what the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City can do, they can do that and good luck to them. Close to the box he has the quality to score a lot of goals and he's a fighter too so he's going to help us during the season".

It is expected that City will fail in their pursuit for the Spain worldwide this summer, considering the star's importance in Barca's starting XI and they have already lost a key player this summer in the shape of Neymar. It was a good test for us.

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.

The Portuguese midfielder emerged as one of European football's most sought-after players last season during Monaco's march to the French league title and semi-finals of the Champions League.

There have been five major new signings in Ederson, Benjamin Mendy, Kyle Walker, Bernardo Silva and Danilo, and further additions have not been ruled out.

"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. The group of players are going to stay here for a long time. We spent, of course, but all the teams spent - except maybe Tottenham.

Goal revealed earlier in August that Sancho had already said goodbye to his youth-team colleagues, who were left under the impression that he would join Borussia Dortmund.

"That is why the club was clever to do that because we anticipated what we needed and we tried to do our best, not just for next season but the future".

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 worldwide talent having been recruited during the close-season. "But we try to win the game".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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