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Gossip: City set to launch bid for Barcelona star?

GOSSIP: Is Guardiola looking for further reinforcements before the window closes?

GOSSIP: Is Guardiola looking for further reinforcements before the window closes?

With five players already signed and sealed this summer, Manchester City have been one of the most active Premier League Clubs in the transfer market.

But speculation they are set to add further new faces to the squad continues apace.

Today it’s the turn of Barcelona star Sergio Busquets. According to Spanish radio station Onda Cera, City have made enquiries to sign, with the sale of Fernando freeing up space in the squad.

However, Barcelona are expected to dig their heels in and hold on to a player widely seen as this generation’s best holding midfield player.

Meanwhile, the Alexis Sanchez saga continues.

The Independent claim City remain the Chilean’s preferred destination – but they believe Paris Saint-Germain are about to test Arsenal’s resolve with a big-money offer.

Chief football writer Miguel Delaney writes: “Paris Saint-Germain are still in the race to sign Alexis Sanchez this summer and, despite knowing his first preference is Manchester City, feel they can test that position as well as the resolve of Arsenal by putting forward the type of financial package that proves too good to turn down.

"The French club have already stunned football by prising Neymar from Barcelona in a world-record £200m deal and sources close to the situation say that only marks the start of what is over the next few years set to be the most ambitious spending spree seen in football.

"PSG still want another striker and, while they are also still pursuing Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe, have not given up Sanchez.

"The Chilean has so far shown no willingness to sign Arsenal’s new contract offer - believed to involve wages of over £250,000 a week - and the Independent understands City would not even need to go so high, such is the 28-year-old’s desire to join up with former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola.

"As it stands, Arsenal would reject any offer, meaning Sanchez would have to wait until the end of the season to move on a free."

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And, finally, the Express, in conjunction with Football Whispers, have produced a guide to the most likely deals City will complete before the transfer window slams shut at the end of the month.

They look at the likes of Inigo Martinez, Pepe Reina and Kylian Mbappe and rate the likelihood of them moving to the Etihad this summer.

You can see their full list HERE

That’s all for today, Blues. See you tomorrow for more of the same. 

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