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GOSSIP: Joao Felix has been repeatedly linked with City.

GOSSIP: Joao Felix has been repeatedly linked with City.

A familiar transfer rumour has been cranked up a notch as we take a look at Friday’s mornings back pages.

Elsewhere, another slice of gossip is called into question, while Manchester City are praised by a former Manchester United player.

We’ll begin with transfer gossip, though, with the Sun claiming City have met with Benfica to discuss a move for their young forward, Joao Felix.

Writes Mike McGrath: “SunSport can reveal Etihad chief executive Ferran Soriano had a meeting with president of the Portuguese giants Luis Filipe Vieira and Jorge Mendes in London yesterday.

“Super-agent Mendes is a key deal-maker for Benfica and the trio met at the Bulgari Hotel in Knightsbridge.

"Guardiola wants to keep his squad hungry for more success and the youngster is seen as one of the brightest prospects in Europe after an amazing start to senior football with Benfica."

Sporting Lisbon’s Bruno Fernandes is another player plying his trade in Portugal, with whom City have been linked.

However, Gabriele Marcotti has questioned the likelihood of this deal coming to fruition.

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The Daily Express have the story, with Marcotti saying: “When you get those like ‘City or United’ type things, you know this is an agent pushing his wares.

“I think you’re talking about a very gifted player, a player who’s still a little bit raw. But he gives you work rate defensively.

“But is he really a City-type player?”

Meanwhile, Lionesses’ boss and ex-United full-back, Phil Neville, has revealed he feels his former club are some way off competing with City at the top of the league.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Neville said: “I think it will take a long time - it's not a quick fix - but hopefully with those guys in charge and the financial muscle United have still got, they can get back challenging soon because it's difficult watching Man City win everything.

“It's difficult because you think they're miles better than United at this moment in time.”

That's all for today, but we'll be back with more of the same tomorrow.

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