Ilkay Gundogan close to Manchester City return

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Brighton are back in the top flight – but face a fight to stay there

Empowered by a close-season transfer splurge of some £200 million (HK$2.04 billion), Manchester City are the early favourites to topple Premier League champions Chelsea. Guardiola has moved to improve the defence over the summer by signing the full-backs Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mendy and Danilo.

"We spoke and I saw last season how tough is this league".

Gundogan signed for City a year ago for an estimated fee of £20m but has struggled with injuries during his time at the Etihad, making just 15 appearances in all competitions, scoring five goals.

But how quickly they can gel into an effective Premier League unit will be one of the biggest tests facing Hughton's side.

After spending millions in the window, will the likes of Man United and Man City display nearly ideal football, or will they fail to meet their silverware aspirations this season? "The market is so demanding for all the teams, not just Manchester City".

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Alexis Sanchez had supposedly previously told the club he would only consider remaining if they forked out such a high amount. In an interview with SFR Sport , he said: "He's an Arsenal player in the short term".

In search of goals, United turned to last season's second-highest scorer.

What happens here will be absolutely no indication of what will happen to the Seagulls this season - that will come when they play the teams that I think will be down in the bottom six.

"What that now does is if [Kylian] Mbappe leaves [Monaco] and goes to another club, I would guess the fee might have been £90m or £100m".

NEW NUMBERS AND LETTERSFor the first time in 10 years, United's Premier League shirts will feature a new font for its numbers and letters.

A mainstay in the wildly successful Man United sides under Alex Ferguson, the ex-England worldwide made 400 league appearances (all for the one club) and a trophy haul that is the envy of pretty much every other Premier League footballer.

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Robert Woods , who spent the last three seasons playing opposite Watkins in Buffalo, signed in LA earlier in the offseason. The Rams need playmakers for an offence that finished last in the National Football League over the past two seasons.

Townsend told Press Association Sport: "It will be a tough season ahead, but I have a feeling Brighton will survive, probably by the skin of their teeth". They are going up against the best in the world from the other countries and being successful, so why can't they have the chance at the bigger clubs in the Premier League?

Guardiola struck a satisfied tone when discussing his raft of fresh full-backs and their ability to have a transformative effect on City's play this season.

"Everything went more expensive".

Both Huddersfield boss David Wagner and his Brighton counterpart Chris Hughton will already have pinpointed the games they think they can win or draw to get to that magical 40-point mark. But we can not forget that when we do something better than last season it's because we've been one year together. "If the club decides [I am] not able, we are going to take a solution". OK, we cant say the bookies are always right (thank you Leicester City!) but there is a reason why City are heavy favourites to carry off the trophy next May....we reckon we've listed many of them here for you!

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Instead, many look like hugely expensive punts. "We probably have to concentrate on the levels that we can affect". Tottenham is a -150 favorite to win the game outright, with Newcastle paying +400 on a win and +290 on a draw.

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