Pep Guardiola could opt to utilise an Academy graduate rather than make a move in the transfer market, according to reports in Sunday’s newspapers.

It’s suggested Eric Garcia could be more involved in the first team squad this season as Manchester City’s transfer plans are discussed.

There’s also praise for Kevin De Bruyne’s tour performances and a word from Kyle Walker on his Champions League ambitions, as we dissect the City-centric headlines…


Daily Star: The two players Pep Guardiola has lined up for vacant centre-back role

Writes Rhys Turrell: “Harry Maguire has been looked at by City but they don’t want to fork out the £90m Leicester are demanding for the England international.

“And Guardiola could yet decide not to make any addition at all in the position.

“That’s because he feels the quality he needs could already be at the club.

“Nicolas Otamendi, John Stones and Aymeric Laporte are his three senior centre-backs, but youngster Eric Garcia is highly-rated by Guardiola and is expected to be given a chance to impress next term.”

Manchester Evening News: City midfielder might be the answer to Pep Guardiola’s transfer conundrum

Writes Charlotte Duncker: “The form of Kevin de Bruyne at the minute could nearly go half way to acting as a new signing.

“The Belgian only made 11 starts in the Premier League last season after an injury plagued campaign but his form going into the new season will excite the City manager.

“Making his third start of the tour against Yokohama F. Marinos in the 3-1 win it was the Belgian yet again who ran the show in the middle of the park for the Blues.

“Man of the match against Wolves and the standout performer against Kitchee in Hong Kong the 28-year-old ensured he put on a show for the 65,000 fans packed into the Nissan Stadium in Yokohama on Saturday night.”

From the players

Sky Sports: Walker - We need luck to win Champions League

Kyle Walker: “I want to get a third Premier League title and hopefully we can get the Champions League.

“You need a little bit of luck throughout the tournament.

“When it’s knockout games you lose one game and it’s over whereas in the Premier League you can lose one game and still go on and win it.

“You need a little bit of luck, which we haven’t got in recent times, but that’s not us complaining. You take it as it comes and you keep moving on.”