Here are your Manchester City morning headlines for Friday, 18 September.
New signing Torres in line for debut
New Manchester City signing Ferran Torres is set to make his debut against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday night after swerving quarantine rules.
Torres ensured he was able to train with the City squad after moving to Portugal for a week, thus sparing him from a two-week quarantine.
With Spain on the UK government’s restricted list, Torres would have been required to quarantine for two weeks had he remained at home before arriving at the exempt “bubble” of the Spanish national team’s training camp for their Nations League games against Germany and Ukraine.
However, by heading to neighbouring Portugal, which is an exempt country, he ensured he could link up with the City squad immediately after arriving in Manchester last week.
“In Portugal I ran on the beach, I worked in the gym and also started training on the pitch with my boots on to get used to it again,” said Torres.
“My stay in Portugal was basically a week-long training camp to get ready. I landed in Manchester on Monday, just after playing with the national team at the weekend.”
Report: City set Koulibaly deadline
City have given Napoli a September 25 deadline to conclude their deal for defender Kalidou Koulibaly, according to Calciomercato .
Koulibaly is Pep Guardiola’s top target to further boost the defence having already signed Nathan Ake from Bournemouth this summer.
However, talks with Napoli have reportedly stalled with the Italians determined to get their £72m asking price. City, on the other hand, are not keen to pay more than £50m for the 29-year-old Senegal international, the report adds.
It's claimed Koulibaly’s agent is set to travel to Italy next week for more talks over the player’s future with less than three weeks until the October 5 transfer deadline.
City discover possible Carabao Cup fourth round opponents
City will face either Milwall or Burnley in the Carabao Cup fourth round if they beat Bournemouth in next week’s Carabao Cup third round tie.
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City kick off their defence of the competition at home to Bournemouth on September 24 but will have to travel to either The Den or Turf Moor if they advance.
Given the condensed nature of the early rounds of this season’s competition, draws are being done one round in advance to give teams and broadcasters time to prepare for potential ties.
The fourth-round ties are scheduled to take place on the week beginning September 28.
City are hoping to secure a fourth consecutive Carabao Cup. They beat Aston Villa in last season’s final, winning 2-1.