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MEDIA WATCH: All the latest from across this morning's back pages

MEDIA WATCH: All the latest from across this morning's back pages

With the World Cup now over, we can get back to the day-to-day, bread-and-butter of Club football.

The Premier League season is almost upon us, meaning newspapers and websites are awash with analysis and transfer gossip.

Let's start this morning's roundup with more news on our reported search for midfield reinforcements. 

Sky Sports say the Club’s hierarchy are not prepared to pay over the odds for Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic, with Pep Guardiola understood to be content with the depth of quality in the Blues in the squad as it stands today.

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They write: “Manchester City are unwilling to meet Real Madrid's valuation for midfielder Mateo Kovacic, according to Sky sources.

“The Premier League champions are considering a move for another central midfielder this summer after their number one target Jorginho signed for Chelsea.

“Kovacic - a key member of the Croatia squad that reached the World Cup final - is one player they have looked at but Real's reported asking price of £80m is considered too high.

“City have also shown interest in Mario Lemina from Southampton, but despite losing out on Jorginho it is not certain they will strengthen before the transfer window closes in August.

“It is understood City boss Pep Guardiola is happy with his squad as they prepare to fly to the USA on Tuesday for their pre-season tour.”

Meanwhile, the Mail say City are favourites for the title as we edge closer to the start of the new Premier League season.

In an article profiling last season's top six, Adam Shergold writes:

“Guardiola's City would still enter the forthcoming season as favourites to retain their title even if they didn't spend a penny in this summer's transfer market.

“Such was the swashbuckling style of their football last season, City's squad really doesn't need a great deal of upgrading.

“But a serial winner like Guardiola knows full well that the best teams never stand still and that is why he has delved into City's virtually limitless financial resources to strengthen his squad.

“They wrapped up the signing of Leicester City's creator-in-chief Riyad Mahrez at the start of this month, breaking their previous club record by spending £60million.

“Guardiola had wanted to sign the Algerian back in January but was unsuccessful, so he will be delighted to have finally got his man.

“Of course, City aren't exactly light on attacking talent with the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane and David Silva to pick passes through opposition defences.

“But Mahrez will undoubtedly offer another option and something a little different and only adds to the aura of their forward line.”

That's all for this morning's Media Watch. Stay with us throughout the day as we bring you all the latest news from the Club's preseason tour of the US. 


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