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City are getting along just fine without a striker, although reports of a new contract for one young star hints at their plans for the future.

Speaking of the future, City have joined a host of clubs looking to sign a Barcelona forward next summer, while Adam Lallana has been offered some words of wisdom by Pep Guardiola.

Rhythm is a dancer, Torres is the answer

City have largely played without a recognised striker this season but when Ferran Torres recovers from this metatarsal injury he can expect to play a big role in Guardiola's plans moving forward.

The Daily Star report the 21-year-old Spanish forward is set to sign a bumper new contract with the Blues, with the mooted six-year deal worth a reported £100,000 per week - more than double his current salary.

Ferran impressed in the early stages of the season, scoring twice in City's opening three games before an injury picked up on international duty ruled him out for around three months.

Given how well City are playing at present without a striker, it's hard to see how Ferran will force his way back into Guardiola's preferred XI. He will of course get chances, especially in those games where having a fixed number nine is preferred to a false nine system.

With City unlikely to sign a striker in the January transfer window, tying Ferran to a new deal, therefore warding off the interests of Real Madrid, represents a smart piece of business.

Running down the wing

City have no shortage of options in wide areas but, according to 90min, Guardiola is keeping tabs on Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele.

Ousmane Dembele is being linked with a move to City
Ousmane Dembele is being linked with a move to City

The 24-year-old Frenchman has less than one year left on his current contract and talks to renew his deal have been complicated by Dembele seeking a wage increase despite Barça's financial struggles.

In the event that the two parties go their separate ways, City would have to fight a number of top European clubs for the World Cup winner's signature - Real Madrid, Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain are all said to be keen.

Interest in Dembele may indicate that City are preparing to freshen up their attacking options, with a number of players including Riyad Mahrez now the 'wrong side' of 30. Dembele is also versatile and so can play on either wing or through the centre.

However, in many fans' opinions, City should stay clear. Dembele's Barcelona career has been decimated by injury; since Barça paid £120 million for his services in 2017 he's made 118 appearances but missed 97 games through injury.

During his time at Camp Nou there have also been concerns about Dembele's lifestyle and nutrition choices. To play under Guardiola at City, players need to keep themselves in top condition.

Pep gives Lallana 'the talk'

Adam Lallana impressed Guardiola in a holding midfield role for Brighton

Guardiola has earned a bit of a reputation for giving over-enthusiastic pep talks to opposition players - think Nathan Redmond - and it looks like the City boss has been at it again.

As the players left the field following City's 4-1 win against Brighton on Saturday evening, Pep enjoyed a lengthy discussion with Adam Lallana.

The 33-year-old played a key role in Brighton's second-half revival that saw the hosts enjoy the better of the chances and get themselves on the scoresheet, and Pep was clearly impressed.

The Catalan was his typical gesticulating self during the five-minute chat, although far from tactical, Pep said afterwards that the pair only talked about "our families, the kids, this kind of stuff".

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Explaining why City struggled to control the game after half time, Guardiola was full of praise for the former Liverpool man.

"When you don't have the ball, and they have the ball, they know exactly what they have to do. Do you know who the holding midfielder is for Brighton? Lallana. He is a number ten or whatever but they put him in holding midfield to make a good build-up and when you press Lallana he breaks, passes, breaks the line."