Brighton vs Manchester City, Premier League

Yaya Toure

Yaya Toure

There is the slightest possibility that defensive midfielder Busquets, 29, could be tempted by a reunion with current City manager Pep Guardiola, who had a huge impact in his early career as Barcelona boss between 2008 and 2012.

Brighton was very convincing in the Championship last season but the step up to the Premier League is a big one.

Guardiola has admitted such a lacklustre performance would have seen him sacked at his previous clubs Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

City has spent about 200 million pounds ($260 million) this offseason, mostly on full backs Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mendy and Danilo, to follow on from about 170 million ($207 million) last summer.

City begin the campaign against Brighton on Saturday and Guardiola is pleased with how his squad are shaping up.

Even more so than his old foe Jose Mourinho across town at Manchester United, if Guardiola can not at the very least orchestrate a sustained title challenge, his gilded reputation will take a sizeable hit.

City look stronger in attack too, with Bernardo Silva, bought from Monaco for £43 million, bringing extra creativity to the final third.

The formation allows an extra man in midfield, which has proved to City's advantage in warm-up victories over Tottenham, Real Madrid and West Ham.

He expected Brighton to pose a threat on their return to top-flight of English football for the first time in 34 years.

However, Barcelona are unlikely to want to sell another of their key players, especially after Neymar's move to PSG last week.

Those deals were small change compared to City's spending of course and Chris Hughton's signings have been offset by a broken leg for Beram Kayal that will keep the midfielder sidelined for around three months. If not, then we're going to be ready to get the three points. "But it's not a party for us and we need to win".

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