City are one of several clubs competing for the signature of one of Germany’s brightest young talents, according to reports in Thursday’s newspapers.
It’s claimed the Premier League champions are amongst a cohort of European giants chasing Bayer Leverkusen's Kai Havertz, while there’s also talk of this weekend’s trip to Bournemouth.
Metro: Kai Havertz transfer battle
Writes Coral Barry: “Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool have registered a transfer interest in Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz, according to reports in Germany.
“The 20-year-old is a rising star in the Bundesliga and has caught the eye of almost every top club in the world.
“After scoring 20 goals last season, Havertz is expected to push for a move in the summer of 2020.
“German outlet Sport 1 claim Premier League giants Liverpool and Manchester City are battling for Havertz and will face competition from United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Spain’s two biggest clubs.”
Manchester Evening News: Pep Guardiola must avoid third consecutive Man City surprise at Bournemouth
Writes Simon Bajkowski: “Manchester City head to Bournemouth this weekend and their last two trips proved pivotal in the title race.
“On Sunday, for the first time in three visits, Guardiola needs to avoid a surprise.
“In each of the last two seasons, he has arrived at the ground unsure of exactly how good his team would be and left with more knowledge and more points.
“Having become the first side in a decade to retain the Premier League title, the manager insists he has no doubts about the mentality of his players.
“But football is a funny old game and anything but another three points from Bournemouth this weekend will test of the strength of those beliefs.
“After such memorable moments from their trips to take on Eddie Howe's team, Guardiola will surely settle for an utterly forgettable game this weekend as long as his side leaves with three points.”
That's all for today, but we'll be back with more of the same tomorrow.