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Media Watch: City chase Benfica pair?

MEDIA WATCH: City are reportedly chasing two Benfica players, according to this morning's papers

MEDIA WATCH: City are reportedly chasing two Benfica players, according to this morning's papers

The Manchester City squad are busy preparing for this evening’s vital Premier League match at home to Cardiff – and the press have been looking ahead to that one in this morning's papers.

And there’s some transfer news knocking around, too,with the Mail suggesting Benfica teenager Joao Felix and his teammate Alex Grimaldo are both on our radar.

Jack Gaughan and Nathan Salt write: Manchester City are interested in Benfica's teenage playmaker Joao Felix but face stiff competition from Real Madrid and Manchester United for his signature.

"Felix has been a revelation since breaking into the Benfica side and valued at more than £100million, is likely to find himself in demand this summer, according to the Sun.

"City are focused on strengthening at left back and Sporting director Txiki Begiristain was at Benfica recently watching Felix's team-mate Alex Grimaldo."

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On to tonight’s game at home to Cardiff and the press have been predicting the City starting XI. 

The Manchester Evening News’ Stuart Brennan says Pep Guardiola may shake things up given the amount of games on the horizon.

“With so many big games coming up, City have to get the balance right for this one. They should be able to rest key players, especially with Kevin De Bruyne and Fernandinho coming back – but can’t afford to change it too much and risk a slip-up,” he writes.

“Those two need minutes, and starting both might be slightly risky but with Gundogan and Bernardo on the bench as fail-safes it should not be too tough.”

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And his colleague Simon Bajkowski believes Guardiola has a tough call to make in midfield.

“Fernandinho hates missing games, and there's an argument to say he needs 90 minutes under his belt before an FA Cup semi-final, or 180 minutes before a Champions League game at Spurs,” he writes.

“But will his injuries, and the form of Ilkay Gundogan, advise the manager into being more cautious? The German has proved an able deputy at the base of midfield in the last few games, so it will depend on how important Guardiola feels it is to give Fernandinho game time ahead of upcoming tests.

“If Fernandinho does start, it will be interesting to see if Gundogan keeps his place in the team anyway - he has been excellent this year.”

That’s all for this morning’s Media Watch. Stay with us throughout the day as we continue to bring you all the buildup to tonight's clash with Cardiff. 

And don't forget: You can follow the whole game with full match coverage via our Matchday Centre.

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