Pep Guardiola confirms Manchester City’s remaining transfer plans on Sky Sports

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They stormed to the title last season, finishing 19 points ahead of second-placed United and breaking numerous records in the process. They won that game without three of their best players.

Ian Wright has predicted Tottenham to finish outside of the top four in the new Premier League season, tipping them to make a slow start to the campaign.

"I'd like multiple trophies needed in various locations on the last day because we don't know how it will end".

"We need to drive each other on".

Manchester City will have a new kit supplier from the 2019/20 season as part of a £50 million multi-club deal negotiated by parent company City Football Group.

"I want this season's title race to be more spicy and I think it will be", Wright said.

However, the Blues swung into action late Wednesday when they agreed to sell goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid in a deal which paved the way for Athletic Bilbao 'keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga to move to Stamford Bridge on a seven-year deal worth an estimated £71 million.

No great surprise that he gives a predictable top three, Man City to retain their title, followed by big spending Liverpool, then Tottenham.

City have been quiet in the transfer market, adding just Riyad Mahrez from Leicester, but their attacking potency and ability to dominate possession should be even stronger with the addition of the Algerian.

Pep Guardiola has admitted that he would have liked to sign a holding midfield player to support Fernandinho, with the club having their long-term pursuit of Italian midfielder Jorginho hijacked by Chelsea.

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But City's strength in depth is clear for all to see.

West Ham United with Chilean Manuel Pellegrini and Everton with Portugal's Marco Silva have new managers and have spent significant money on new faces as they look to make sure last season's struggles become top-half progress.

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