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MEDIA WATCH: City are being linked with a double swoop this morning

MEDIA WATCH: City are being linked with a double swoop this morning

It’s back to Premier League action for Manchester City this weekend as we travel to Crystal Palace on Sunday.

And that has seen title-race talk return to the back pages this morning as City and Liverpool continue to jostle for top spot.

But before we get into that, there’s plenty of transfer talk kicking around today, too.

According to the Sun’s Mike McGrath, Txiki Begiristain was at the Estadio da Luz last night for Benfica's game with Eintracht Frankfurt to run the rule over Serbia striker Luka Jovic.

“City director of football Txiki Begiristain is on the guestlist at Estadio da Luz to watch Jovic play for Eintracht Frankfurt against parent club Benfica in the Europa League,” writes McGrath.

“And the reports are bound to be positive - the 21-year-old scored against his employers five minutes before half-time.

“Jovic, 21, has been in red-hot form in Bundesliga, scoring 17 goals in 26 games in the second season of his two-year loan.

“He was allowed to play in the quarter-final clash in Lisbon and is expected to secure a big-money summer move as Barcelona and Bayern Munich are tracking his progress.”

The Sun also claim City are interested in Joao Felix, the 19-year-old Benfica youngster who scored a hat-trick in last night’s Europa League tie.

“Felix, 19, became the youngest-ever player to score a hat-trick in the Europa League as the Portuguese giants put one foot in the semi-final,” writes Dave Fraser.

“Felix's performance will have done nothing to quash his dreams of a Premier League move either, with Manchester City joining United in the race to sign the young forward.”

We’ll keep an eye out for any further developments in the coming days and weeks.

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BBC Sport pundit Mark Lawrenson says he expects City to come through Sunday’s game at Selhurst Park with few problems.

 He writes: "Palace almost got the better of City at Selhurst Park last season, when Ederson saved a last-minute penalty, but I can't see them getting close to Pep Guardiola's side this time.

“Predicition: Palace 0-3 City.”

However, writing in his Sky Sports column, Paul Merson says he expects it to be a close call.

“They lacked a bit of cutting edge against Brighton and again in midweek in the Champions League. I don't know if that's them hitting a brick wall," he writes

“I think they'll have just about enough here but it'll be a tense game.

“PAUL PREDICTS: 1-2”

That’s all for this morning’s Media Watch – but stay with us throughout the day as we bring you all the buildup to Sunday’s game at Palace.

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