Pep Guardiola’s transfer plans are continuing to take shape after Manchester City completed the capture of Gabriel Jesus

 

People often assume that finishing in the top four of the Premier League guaranteesChampions League football, however that is only the case for the top three.

Unlike champions Leicester City, Tottenham and Arsenal, Pep Guardiola’s City have to play a two-legged qualifying match to reach the group stages of the Champions League due to their fourth placed finish.

There are 20 teams in the draw, however this is split into two, based upon whether a team won their league or if they qualified through their league position, making up the ‘champions route’ and ‘league route’ draws respectively.

Five teams are then seeded from each draw and will be play against an unseeded team from their respective route.

We’ll have all the news of the draw at 11am this morning plus reaction along with transfer news, with Marlos Moreno expected to sign and John Stones negotiations continuing.

Stick with us for the best City coverage around and get in touch with your thoughts and opinions.

Fancy a tour round Micah Richards’ pad?

Well one of them anyway?

You’re in luck.

It was rumoured that the Cheshire property was being rented by new signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic , who is currently staying at the Radisson Blu in Manchester city centre.

But instead it has now been revealed that Depay is the United star renting the six-bedroom property, in Bowdon. from none other than former City defender Micah Richards.

 

Away kit gets the thumbs down

The Daily Express has been ranking the new Premier League away kits and City have not come out well.

At all.

In fact, the latest Nike away effort has been ranked 19th out of 19 kits rated (Sunderland have only released a home and a third kit so far, although the third kit is…interesting).

The say:

“Nike have really dropped the ball with City’s kits this season. Like the home shirt, the same Euro 2016 design is employed but the burgundy and yellow make this attempt even less appealing – 3/10”

Harsh?

Sterling reacts to CL draw

Raheem Sterling has been telling CityTV his thoughts following this morning’s draw.

He said: “It’s a good draw for us. I think it will be a difficult one.

“It will be two difficult legs but we just need to play our football and hopefully we can win.”

Asked if he was glad to have avoided the likes of Roma and Monaco, he added:

“No, at the end of the day, it’s a football match and it’s the best team that wins. We are happy with the draw.”

 

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