We're buying three more players - Guardiola

We're buying three more players - Guardiola

But then, you have to speculate to accumulate - and those fees are peanuts compared to what the lines of Manchester City and Chelsea are spending this summer.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said the club will curb their transfer spending in future years after a huge outlay on players during the close season.

In midfield, the same trio from the end of last season: Yaya Touré, Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva are able to control the game and make accurate passes regardless of distance.

City have spent more than £200million rebuilding their squad over the summer after an underwhelming and trophy-less 2016-17 campaign. "If we get on top, we have got to make it count and get the fans right behind us", he added. It's completely the same, because it's the same manager. "The market is so demanding for all the teams, not just Manchester City".

Pep Guardiola: "Last season at my first press conference we were favorites, so nothing has changed". The step-up to the Premier League presents a challenge to all promoted clubs but hosting the title favourites Manchester City on day one gives Brighton and Hove Albion little chance to ease themselves into the top flight.

"I think it is unsustainable".

Hailed as the Brazilian prodigy most likely to hit the heights reached by his compatriot Neymar, the driven Jesus says: "I'm always training, playing or even playing video games, something connected with football".

Further forward, the signing of Bernardo Silva from Monaco will further sharpen City's attacking edge, while the ongoing pursuit of Alexis Sanchez points to Guardiola's determination to have pace, movement and goals throughout his forward line. The best football league in the world (Pep Guardiola doesn't agree, by the way) starts on Friday with Arsenal and Leicester City starting things off at the Emirates Stadium.

Guardiola has admitted such a lacklustre performance would have seen him sacked at his previous clubs Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

The 23-year-old has impressed in preseason - other than an error in the International Champions Cup defeat to Manchester United - and has already showed the ball skills that Guardiola demands from his keepers.

Ashwin Hanagudu: As was the case last season, five or six teams look capable of challenging for the title. Every game is a battle, especially with the teams who arrive in the first four, five or six games - they are so complicated, especially away.

Two of the most impressive deals have come in the final week of pre-season with club record signings of midfielder Davy Propper from PSV Eindhoven and Colombian winger Jose Izquierdo from Club Brugge. But then we won at Nottingham Forest (who were then European champions), gained some confidence, put some runs together, and finished well clear of the relegation zone. "I am pleased with the business City have done in the transfer window so far".

But they did. And a dozen years on, Bloom and his gang are here.