Good evening, Manchester City fans. Here are your evening headlines for Tuesday, September 22.

City change strategy in centre-back search

Pep Guardiola’s summer shopping is not yet complete despite the additions of Nathan Ake and Ferran Torres. The former showed his class in Manchester City's away win against Wolverhampton Wanderers while the latter came on as a late substitute.

Despite Ake’s strong performance, City are still a centre-back short. The out-of-favour John Stones started alongside the Dutch international at Molineux.

City’s number one target Kalidou Koulibaly may prove to be unattainable at the price quoted by Napoli, which could lead the club to pursue Sevilla's Jules Kounde.

The signing of a 21-year-old Europa League winner would make more financial sense than acquiring Koulibaly, who turns 30 this season.

Kounde would almost certainly demand a smaller wage than the Senegal international, who is well-aware he is one of the most sought-after defenders in world football.

Kounde showed his class at Bordeaux before sealing a move to Sevilla where he has gone from strength-to-strength.

Due to the Covid-19-impacted transfer market and the financials involved in both deals, City could end up making Kounde their priority.

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Fernandinho remains vital for Guardiola

Fernandinho will continue to play a key role for City this season despite turning 35 in May.

Guardiola heaped praise on the former Shakhtar Donetsk man, who deputised at centre-back for much of the 2019/20 campaign, following his display against Wolves.

Although Guardiola recognises Fernandinho’s body will not allow him to keep up with City’s congested schedule, the Catalan coach expects the new club captain to play a major part across the various competitions the club are competing in this season.

“He’s 35 years old and he can’t play every three days,” Guardiola said following the Wolves victory. "He’ll be really important,” he added, redressing the balance.

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Richards defends punditry credentials

Former Manchester City full-back Micah Richards has rejected claims on social media that his appearance as a regular pundit on Sky Sports is due to his race.

During Sky’s Monday Night Football coverage, Richards spoke about the abuse he has received on Twitter and Instagram suggesting he is only given opportunities due to the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement and because it is good PR for companies.

The Premier League winner defended his punditry credentials and what he feels he can bring to the table.

“I've had conversations with corporations that I work for way before this and now I'm getting tarnished with the same brush 'oh he's only on TV because of Black Lives Matter,’” Richards opined.

Similar criticisms have been levelled against Karen Carney and Alex Scott – both former England internationals – who are unfairly accused of being second-rate pundits in comparison to their male counterparts.

"If I have to fly the flag, if people want to throw stones at me, I'll happily take it because I know I put in the work,” Richards said.