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  1. Analysis: Man City 4-0 Bournemouthpublished at 17:51

    Chris Bevan, BBC Sport at Etihad Stadium.

    This was meant to be Erling Haaland's day - his home debut for Manchester City against Bournemouth at Etihad Stadium, with the striker's face on the front of the match programme and his name roared by the Manchester City fans when it was announced before kick-off.

    It did not quite turn out that way - he still set up Ilkay Gundogan's goal with his first touch, but that came after 18 minutes and he made only seven more - including one other pass - before being substituted after 74 minutes.

    That lack of involvement means the questions of exactly how he will fit into this City team remain - as Pep Guardiola said before and after this game, he will be asked about it every time Haaland fails to score.

    But it's also clear from Saturday's 4-0 win that City still have goals right through their team, just as they did when they won the Premier League title without a recognised striker last season.

    After his dream start at West Ham, Haaland will take time to adjust to playing in games like this, when the opposition camp in front of their area and deny him any space. At least he will get plenty of practice.

  2. Sutton's predictions: Man City v Bournemouthpublished at 18:08 12 August

    BBC pundit Chris Sutton is taking on the challenge from Mark Lawrenson for the 2022-23 campaign and will try to pick the correct scores for every top-flight game against a variety of guests - and this season you can get involved too.

    For this weekend's fixtures, he is up against Kasabian frontman and Leicester City fan Serge Pizzorno.

    Sutton's prediction: 5-0

    Erling Haaland is going to be licking his lips before this one. If Manchester City score the first goal, Bournemouth are in trouble.

    I suspect the Cherries will try for damage limitation if they do go behind, but I'm not sure that will work.

    Bournemouth are the tallest team in the Premier League - and they are probably going to take the biggest walloping this weekend.

    Serge's prediction: 4-0

    This might be quite a big scoreline. Erling Haaland making his home debut is just frightening - I wouldn't want to be anywhere near that. Liverpool will push them all the way again, but City are still the team to beat in the title race.

    Find out how Sutton and Pizzorno think the rest of the weekend's action will go and vote on the result you expect here

  3. Man City v Bournemouth: Team newspublished at 16:56 12 August

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    Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola will again be without Aymeric Laporte, who is recovering from knee surgery.

    New signing Kalvin Phillips isn't fit and Cole Palmer is a doubt because of a foot problem.

    Bournemouth's new defensive signing Marcos Senesi could be involved following his arrival from Feyenoord this week.

    Ryan Fredericks and Joe Rothwell will have to wait for their debuts as the pair are still injured.

    Will Guardiola rotate any players? Predict your City XI here

    Do you think Scott Parker will make any changes? Predict the Cherries line-up

  4. 'Haaland has a lot of margin to improve'published at 15:11 12 August

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    Pep Guardiola says there is no doubt Erling Haaland is an exceptional player, but still has room for improvement.

    He said: "Erling, like Julian (Alvarez) or (Phil) Foden or Cole Palmer, has a lot of margin to improve.

    "He can be a better player, he can have the will to do it. He likes to play football, I like my job and we do our passion on the field but that’s all. I never see a player with 21, 22 years, maybe Messi in that time he was already advanced, the rest is never finished business and always you can improve.

    "We will try this season, next season for him to be a better player than when he arrived. This is what we are looking for in him but, like Phil for example, he is an exceptional player but has margin to be better."

  5. Guardiola on injuries, Haaland and Bournemouthpublished at 14:16 12 August

    Bill Rice, BBC Radio Manchester

    Pep Guardiola has been speaking to the media before Manchester City face Bournemouth in their first home game of the season.

    Here are the key lines from his news conference:

    • Midfielder Kalvin Phillips will miss the game with some niggles, while defender Aymeric Laporte remains out. Cole Palmer is a doubt with a foot injury.

    • Erling Haaland can still improve and become a better player as he is only 22, and no player at that age - apart from maybe Lionel Messi - is the finished article.

    • Guardiola said new £11m signing Sergio Gomez will stay with the club and be part of his squad this season, having agreed a fee with Anderlecht.

    • He admitted games against newly promoted sides like Bournemouth are more difficult early in the season, as they still feel good from the previous campaign and have nothing to lose.

    • He added that City's Premier League rivalry with Liverpool is an honour and has helped them become better.

    You can hear commentary of Manchester City v Bournemouth from 15:00 BST on Saturday on BBC Radio Manchester

    Follow Friday's Premier League manger news conferences here

  6. 'Lodi feels a Guardiola-type player'published at 09:07 12 August

    Atletico Madrid's Renan Lodi is the latest left-back to be linked with a move to Manchester City.

    The 24-year-old Brazil international has played 118 times for Atleti since a 2019 move from Athletico Paranaense and helped them win the 2020-21 La Liga title.

    "He’s pacy, he can play football. He feels and looks like a Pep Guardiola-type player," the Guardian's Jamie Jackson told the Transfer Gossip Daily podcast.

    "They’re signing a left-back [Anderlecht youngster Sergio Gomez] but I’m told he’ll be loaned straight back out so they’re in the market for a first-team left-back.

    "I think Juventus were interested in Lodi earlier this summer but Atletico told them he was not for sale. If City come in and he wants to go and the money is right I think it can happen."

    Listen to the podcast on BBC Sounds here

  7. Listen to Fantasy 606published at 07:12 12 August

    The latest Fantasy 606 podcast has dropped before the gameweek two deadline.

    Alistair Bruce-Ball, Chris Sutton and Statman Dave discuss how their first teams of the season got on.

    You'll find out whether Clough and Taylor tinkered with their starting XI ahead of the first deadline and they ask whether you should switch onto Erling Haaland this week.

    Plus listener Robbo pops by to discuss the changes to the listeners' team and comedian Luke Kempner joins the pod to play a game of Sutton Death.

    Listen to Fantasy 606 on BBC Sounds

  8. Premier League at 30 - your memorabiliapublished at 16:04 11 August

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    As you may well have seen, the Premier League is turning 30.

    So as it's a time for nostalgia we asked you to send in your best football memorabilia.

    Kev from Manchester sent in his "autographed goalkeeper glove from the late and very inspiring Bert Trautmann".

    To send us more memorabilia, click here

  9. Sterling offers exit explanationpublished at 13:15 11 August

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    Raheem Sterling says he tried to "fight" not being a consistent first-team starter late on during his time at Manchester City but could not "waste time" trying to nail down his place any longer.

    Speaking at his first news conference since his summer move to Chelsea the 27-year-old said: "As a person, you strive to achieve. I felt my playing-time at City was being limited for different reasons and I couldn't afford to waste time. When I look back I didn’t want to see a decline and I want to keep that level.

    "Since the age of 17, I have been a regular starter. But to get to a peak time in my career to and not be playing as regularly was something I didn’t want to accept. I tried to fight and change the scenario but it didn’t come.

    "I have a lot of memories and top moments at City but in the year and a bit that I was in and out of the team it made me value a lot of things. It was difficult and my kids went to school there but it's one of those things in life where you have to make the right decision for yourself and your family."

  10. Will Gomez be 'last piece of the jigsaw'?published at 11:18 11 August

    The Athletic's David Ornstein has said Manchester City are close to signing Anderlecht's Sergio Gomez, but has queried whether the 21-year-old Spanish left-back would be a starter for the Premier League side.

    "They got out of the blocks really quickly. The one position they are still looking to fill is left-back," journalist Ornstein told the BBC's Transfer Gossip Daily podcast.

    "A few weeks ago I reported that Sergio Gomez was a key target for them but it wasn’t clear at that point if they were bringing him in to be a first-choice left-back, or more of a development player who might be loaned out to a team like Girona, who had been linked with him.

    "At that point it felt more like he would be loaned out, and they would still bring in a senior left-back. There are reports now that they might see him as the one left-back signing.

    "He is really impressive. Arsenal were linked with him if they didn't get Oleksandr Zinchenko.

    "If City are to sign a senior left-back in addition to him, and his deal is not fully done yet but it seems like it’s getting there, then they’ve got a number of options. 

    "That [signing a left-back] I think would be the final piece in the jigsaw for this transfer window in terms of an incoming deal."

    Listen to the latest Transfer Gossip Daily on BBC Sounds

  11. 'I have no idea what will happen' - Silva on City futurepublished at 17:04 10 August

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    Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva insists he is happy at the club but has not ruled out leaving this summer.

    The 28-year-old has been linked with Barcelona, with City manager Pep Guardiola last week saying he did not know if the Portugal international playmaker would still be at the club at the end of the transfer window.

    "I've always said that I'm happy here, but I have no idea what's going to happen," Silva told ESPN.

    "If I stay, I'm very happy, and I will always respect this club and give all my best. If not, it's football and we'll just see what happens.

    "Of course, they are in business and they want the right amount of money, but personally it's a relationship with the club that is very respectful."

  12. 'Not a single person wants it to happen' - your thoughts on Silva rumourspublished at 16:04 10 August

    We asked what you made of Bernardo Silva's links to Barcelona and whether or not Manchester City should keep hold of him.

    Here are some of your comments:

    Joshua: We need to keep Bernardo at all costs. I have no idea why Barcelona are allowed to continue to buy new players when they can’t pay the current wages! Bernardo is one of City’s better players, and we’ve already lost Jesus and Sterling this year. Other than De Bruyne and Haaland, there aren’t many players who I rated more. Please stay Bernardo.

    Adam: I think City *could* afford to lose Bernardo, but there's not a single person who wants that to happen. Plus, a fee in the £45m region is insultingly low, especially given he has three years left on his contract.

    Pat: City should try to hang onto Bernardo, unless of course they can get Frenkie de Jong included in the deal. However, obviously City could release him and be just as good as they are because they have quality alternatives. If he wants to go and we can get £75m for him then let him go. But I expect, and would like, him to stay.

    Tom: City have already sold three class players, I think it would be a wrong move to sell Silva.

  13. Bernardo wants to join Barca in 'ideal world'published at 13:04 10 August

    The Athletic's Adam Crafton says Manchester City forward Bernardo Silva would want to sign for Barcelona "in an ideal world".

    On Tuesday the Manchester Evening News reported City had reached an agreement with Barcelona to sell the Portuguese playmaker.

    But journalist Crafton told the BBC Transfer Gossip Daily podcast "nothing has been agreed between the two clubs".

    "I think where it’s at is he’s one of the players Barcelona would really like to sign," Crafton added.

    "Manchester City know that Bernado, in an ideal world, would love to join Barcelona.

    "I think it’s one of those deals which become more likely if Barcelona sell Frenkie de Jong, then that could free up some funds in order to sign Bernardo Silva."

    Listen to the latest Transfer Gossip Daily on BBC Sounds

    Should City be trying to keep Bernardo? Or can life go on without him? Let us know here