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Media Watch: City set for Ndombele battle?

MEDIA WATCH: City have been linked with a move for Tanguy Ndombele

MEDIA WATCH: City have been linked with a move for Tanguy Ndombele

Transfer talk dominates this morning’s back pages – but there’s also plenty of excitement ahead of Sunday’s big double-header in East Manchester.

Nick Cushing’s side host Chelsea at the Academy Stadium before the men are in action, also against Chelsea, in a crucial Premier League game.

It looks set to be a special afternoon for the Club.

Let’s get the transfer chatter out the way with first. According to reports in France, City and Manchester United could go head to head for the signing of Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele.

Ndombele, now a France international, impressed against City twice this season during the Champions League group stage.

And Le10Sport suggest the 22-year-old is now the centre of a tug of war between the two Manchester clubs.

READ: Match Report | Chelsea 0-2 City 

READ: Cushing Reaction | Tactical switch was key

The Manchester Evening News’ Stuart Brennan says Mikel Arteta is emerging as a key figure for City this season.

"Twice this season, Guardiola – or one of his camp – have doled out praise to assistant Mikel Arteta for coming up with game-changing moments," Brennan writes.

"Back in August, when the Blues won 2-0 at Arsenal, they sealed the win when Benjamin Mendy hared down the left, played a one-two with Raheem Sterling and then pulled the ball back perfectly for Bernardo Silva to sweep home the second City goal. 

"After the game, author Marti Perarnau, who knows the Guardiola camp well, revealed that the goal was down to Arteta. He had done the groundwork for the goal on the training pitch, and was rewarded with a hug from Guardiola.”

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Jen Beattie has spoken to the Metro about the significance of Sunday’s Women’s Super League game at home to Chelsea.

“Yes, this fixture’s become one of the biggest in WSL and one of the key ones for both teams really, although currently we are top of the table and as champions they are third this time around,” she said.

“Chelsea are six points behind us in third — Arsenal are second — but Chelsea will want to win against us on Sunday to cut that lead.

And In a special Football Focus feature, the BBC spoke to Vincent Kompany and Noel Gallagher about the Belgian defender’s 10 years at City.

And Gallagher, a man who played in front of 250,000 people over two days at Knebworth back in 1996, says he finds watching City more nerve wrecking than anything else.

"Watching City is more nerve-wracking," said Gallagher. "When I'm doing my thing you're in control. When you're watching City in the big, tense games they are out of your control and anything can happen."

That's all for this morning's Media Watch - but stay with us throughout the day as we bring you all the build up ahead of Sunday's double-header. 

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