Pep Guardiola reveals the one signing he wants before the deadline


The game between title winners and cup holders is the traditional curtain-raiser but on this evidence the gap between the two teams, which last season stood at 30 points in the Premier League, is as wide as ever despite the arrival of Maurizio Sarri as Blues manager. "Last season he had an operation on his knee".

It was a management technique that Guardiola was happy to expand upon as he spoke before City's match against Chelsea at Wembley.

Asked about the performance of Stones against Chelsea and his options at the back this season, Guardiola said: "John made an excellent World Cup and showed again his personality".

The deadline for the Premier League's transfer window is 18:00 on 9 August, and after that, no side in England will be allowed to buy players, although they will still be allowed to sell footballers to certain other leagues around the world. "We wanted to arrive fresh in this heat". It was Aguero at his clinical best and after a seven-moth wait, he had his elusive 200th City goal.

Winning over Guardiola was arguably Aguero's greatest achievement however as the Spaniard had doubts about his ability to fit into a style of play that demands mobile forwards.

While Agüero hogged the Wembley spotlight, there was also an eye-catching display from Phil Foden.

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"He feels free. It's good news for us".

Ominously for City's rivals, Guardiola said he had yet to work properly with his players, and spent the week concentrating on tactics rather than hard physical preparation.

While City tweak ahead of their Premier League opener, Sarri has major work to do.

First choice keeper Thibaut Courtois (above) is a transfer target for Real Madrid and seems keen to seal the move, highly paid defender David Luiz is being linked with moves away from Chelsea, midfielder Willian returned to training late as he is linked with Barcelona and Manchester United, while star man Eden Hazard has gone public in his belief that he will consider a transfer this summer.

"I think it's good news for us for the season".