Man City to beat Chelsea to sign Brazilian full-back?


But City, who last week completed the transfer of another right-sided defender, Kyle Walker, are said to have stolen a march on their West London counterparts by agreeing a fee with his current side.

Despite Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger's assertion that Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez will be staying with the club this summer, Guardiola is believed to be closely monitoring the sitauation with his contract due to expire next summer.

"We have options for players coming, but until the deal is done, out of respect for the other clubs I can not say anything".

"We have many options for players that are coming but until the deal is done, out of respect for the other clubs, I can not say anything", Guardiola said.

Watts also referenced Sanchez's recent comments outlining his desire to play UEFA Champions League football next season-something he won't do at Arsenal after they failed to finish among the Premier League's top four.

However, the Catalan denied reports of a £2.5m bid for Napoli veteran Pepe Reina and insisted that City were not in the market for a new goalkeeper, amid suggestions that Claudio Bravo could yet be offloaded.

"Alexis plays for Arsenal".

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The City manager, however, admitted that the uncertainty surrounding the transfer market was distracting from his team's pre-season and suggested the European transfer market should be shortened so it closed before the start of the new season. "If Arsene said that it is because he knows more than me", Guardiola said. It was a little bit of a problem.

"He is our player and he will remain here".

"Maybe next week or next 10 days he is going", Pep told reporters at his press conference in the US.

"They are young players", Guardiola said.

"We have an option to have the opportunity in a few years to bring him back. He needs to play at that age".

"Kelechi's a young player".