City get transfer boost

Real Madrid, have told Betis they are only prepared to pay €30m for full-back Junior Firpo (22). Betis are waiting to see if City are willing to exceed the above sum. With Firpo’s agent being Pere Guardiola, the ball may be firmly in the blues’ court. [@elconfidencial]

Pogba brother on City

Florentin Pogba (brother of Paul): "When my brother leaves Manchester United, there are only three clubs he can go to improve: Manchester City, Real Madrid or Barca. He is not going to go to City, so he'll come to Spain: to Barca or Real."

Pep on Mendy and team fitness

PEP: ''It was his first 25, 30 minutes after a long time. We will see (if Mendy will be involved). The others (except Vincent Kompany) are fit. Everyone can play. Tomorrow, there will not be players from the academy.''

Pep on Burnley mentality

PEP: ''When you say the #FACup is not top of Burnley’s agenda, does that mean 11 players are going to play and not want to win? I don’t believe it. I have a lot of respect for what the have done and why they try to do.''

Pep on his coaching methods

PEP: ''I don't prepare the team to be perfect, in top form (for big games) and then go down and up. I don’t understand how it works in that way. We try to keep the players fit and in a good mood.''

Reason why City ended de Jong pursuit

Manchester City are determined to avoid breaking their wage structure even if it means missing out on top targets such as Frenkie de Jong, who City backed out of the race for as they were unwilling to meet his €16m-a-year salary demands. [ESPN]

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