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Manchester City make contact with Barcelona over midfield duo

Manchester City make contact with Barcelona over midfield duo

Chris Hughton wants his Brighton players to go into the Premier League with no fear.

Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan is close to full fitness after recovering from a long-term injury, as manager Pep Guardiola hopes to include the German footballer in the squad for next week's friendly against Girona.

"Normally the second season should be better than the first, but again, this is modern football".

"It's getting much harder for everyone, so we don't know".

The Saturday program of the long-awaited first round of the English championship will be finished with the match between Manchester City and Brighton, which for the first time in history will play in the Premier League.

"It's going to be tough, very tough".

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Pep Guardiola has told Ederson Moraes to forget about his expensive price tag and enjoy being Manchester City's new No. 1. There's a gulf between Albion and City.

"We needed to do that this summer because it was one of the oldest teams in Europe, not just the Premier League".

Spanish publication Sport have reported that Sergio Busquets is the subject of interest from Manchester City.

Watford boss Marco Silva to BBC Sport: "I think it's a fair result". Back in 1979, when we made the same step-up, we lost 4-0 at home to Arsenal.

"I was confident then too", the coach admitted.

Brighton are now third in the Premier League table, thanks to alphabetical order. "That is the top (and only) priority, and the club will do all it can to achieve that".

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In the new millennium, Brighton played against Manchester City only once.

The report added Barcelona "expect to keep hold" of the Spaniard, and it would indeed be a huge surprise were the Catalan giants to let one of their key players leave the Camp Nou.

"It's a massive club, so I knew if it was promoted it would be one of the biggest in the Premier League". I feel the same pressure.

Gabriel made an immediate splash upon arriving from Palmeiras in January, scoring three goals in his first two Premier League starts and pushing the Argentina global to the bench.

Busquets has been one of the cornerstones of Barcelona's unprecedented success in La Liga and Champions League in the last decade, forging a formidable midfield trio alongside Andres Iniesta and Xavi for large parts of his career that guided the Catalan club as well as Spain to unprecedented success. With both sides in the relegation area and Brighton preparing for a first-ever FA Cup final against Manchester United, they had plenty on their respective plates.

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