Barcelona will rise again, Manchester City coach Guardiola

Posted August 19, 2017

Still it seems the club are not finished yet, with West Brom this week rejecting a bid from City for defender Jonny Evans.

West Brom are thought to want at least £30 million for Evans and Tony Pulis has admitted he will not stand in the former Manchester United defender's way if their valuation is met but City are adamant they will not be held to ransom.

City manager Pep Guardiola is seeking to add cover to his squad in central defence, having already spent over £200 million on new players during the close season.

"Every player is for sale at the right price", Pulis said earlier today, conceding that Evans could go if City are willing to pay that price.

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'If someone comes then we're happy too.

"I know how good the club works since I arrive here and we try to do our best, sometimes it's possible, sometimes not". We try to do our best, sometimes it is possible, sometimes it is not.

"The two things are that we don't want to sell him and we don't need to sell him", Pulis said.

Guardiola has denied that continually seeking out new signings could adversely affect players from the club's much-vaunted academy, with the City boss insisting those players must earn elevation to the senior squad.

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Mendy tweeted "bullet header" after Lewis Dunk scored an own goal in City's season-opening defeat of Brighton last weekend. They don't play in the first team just for the fact they are in academy.

City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan is closing in on a first-team return after he featured as a second-half substitute in a friendly against Girona on Tuesday. "Barcelona will wake up and Catalonia and Spain will show again what a attractive country it is", former Barcelona FC coach Guardiola said in the press conference before the upcoming match against Everton.

"He played a few minutes in Girona so we are going to see", Guardiola said.

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