Manchester City at Brighton & Hove Albion, 2017 Premier League: Players to Watch

Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale

According to the report, former Barcelona striker Ibrahimovic has received offers from clubs in Major League Soccer but he is keen to remain at Manchester United.

Brighton, on the other hand, managed to secure a return to the top flight and will compete after an absence of 25 years.

As the 2017/18 Premier League season begins, there are already a lot of anticipations and expectations of who will be the Champions at the end of the season...but there is also a lot of predicting who will lead the race as Top goal scorer. The French full-back joined City for £49 million over the summer transfer window but has struggled with a thigh injury.

Another player with a lot to prove, the Chelsea loanee needs to show he is Premier League class - something he has not had chance to do at Stamford Bridge.

Breakthrough season: Scott McTominay broke into the squad in April, playing six substitute minutes plus the entire last game of the season against Crystal Palace, and has impressed in pre-season.

"Not just for his qualities but also for my relationship with him".

"He's settled in the team like he was there for the whole of pre-season". A late victor from the Spanish club, however, propelled Brighton to a defeat in their showpiece friendly.

Jose Mourinho has provided an update on the possibility of Zlatan Ibrahimovic rejoining Manchester United just two months after the forward was released by the club. Getting a goal or two in early could amp up the pressure on the visitors.

Having been accused last season of being too downbeat and complaining about his lonely life in Manchester, Mourinho enters 2017-18 cutting a different figure.

Defenders Benjamin Mendy, Kyle Walker and Danilo have all arrived at the Etihad Stadium along with goalkeeper Ederson and midfielder Bernardo Silva to take City's expenditure to €238m. "I am pleased with the business City have done in the transfer window so far".

Starters Sergio Aguero and 20-year-old Gabriel Jesus are expected for a deadly combination.

Since Alex Ferguson retired after the 2013 title win, the Red Devils have not finished in the top three but some serious investment in new players gives manager Jose Mourinho, starting his second season at the club, the sense that things are coming together.

"My family and I were fortunate enough to travel across seven states, driving over 2,000 miles, following Manchester City on tour (in America) this summer and we had the most fantastic time". However, with the reinforcements brought in by Guardiola this summer, City are likely to turn the tables.

I firmly believe that Marco Silva is a brilliant manager and he will have a big impact at Watford, and from that new signing Andre Gray could very well benefit massively - he could make the England World Cup squad with a good season. The club will be aware of the fact that City are extremely strong in the back line with the new additions.

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