Crespo tips Man United to win Premier League

The 23-year-old's £35m transfer fee surpasses the previous world-record £32.6m paid by Juventus to Parma in 2001 to bring Gianluigi Buffon to Turin.

Former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach Guardiola claimed it was necessary to reinvigorate City's ageing squad but he will only seek to add one or two new faces in forthcoming seasons.

"If we cannot strengthen the team in these areas we have players that we can trust".

"I don't there's extra pressure on me. If that is going to mean better results and the title, I don't know". It doesn't make an influence on me, maybe for others it does.

"So I'm happy to start on Sunday, we are ready".

Pep Guardiola's Manchester City side finished 15 points behind Chelsea last season.

"Of course [Guardiola being in charge] had an influence on me. I have better conditions to deliver a better season than my first one".

"I am happy with the effort the club did", the 54-year-old Portuguese said.

"I think it is unsustainable".

Of the many topics of excited debate circulating Brighton & Hove Albion's training ground this week was the stat that Manchester City, their opening opponents in the Premier League tomorrow, spent more on full backs in the past month than Brighton did on their impressive stadium and training complex.

Fellow new signings Bernado Silva, Kyle Walker and Danilo are also in line to feature, though new recruit Benjamin Mendy is missing with a thigh strain.

"It´s important, but it´s not absolutely essential to get the season off to a winning start". "For example, hopefully next season I will be here and we are not going to spend how we spent this season". "Last season in my first news conference we were the favourites so nothing has changed". Every game is a battle, especially with the teams who arrive in the first four, five or six games - they are so complicated, especially away.

"I have a feeling that we will score early and get a good win against Brighton on Saturday".

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Brighton have broken their club transfer record twice in one week to draft in Davy Propper from PSV Eindhoven and Club Brugge's Jose Izquierdo, subject to medical and global clearance.

"He has experience in the Premier League and scored a lot of goals at Everton".

"So we have to disregard most of it, because it's something that we can't affect", he said on Friday.

"We are going to see at the end of the season what happens", he indicated.

"You've got to be able to overcome those hard experiences that are going to come in this league".

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