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Pep Guardiola reiterated he is hopeful of keeping hold of Bernardo Silva and suggested Manchester City's transfer business is finished for the year.

Silva has been repeatedly linked with a move to Guardiola's former club Barcelona this window after spending five successful seasons at the Etihad Stadium.

City manager Guardiola made clear once again on Friday that he wants the playmaker to stay at the club, although he cannot guarantee that will be the case.

"He's our player and he knows our wishes, me as a manager and even his mates." Guardiola said at a press conference. "What is going to happen? I don't know."

Reigning Premier League champions City have been busy this window, which shuts in a little under two weeks' time.

Erling Haaland, Kalvin Phillips, Julian Alvarez and Sergio Gomez have joined, while Gabriel Jesus, Fernandinho, Raheem Sterling and Oleksandr Zinchenko have all departed.

Asked if City's transfer activity is finished, Guardiola said: "Apparently, yeah. If someone moves on or there is a problem we don't expect, then we'll see."

Newcastle United are next up for City, and the Magpies have had transfer speculation of their own to deal with this week, with midfielder Bruno Guimaraes - who signed from Lyon in January and swiftly established himself as a key player - linked with Real Madrid as a potential replacement for Manchester United-bound Casemiro.

But asked if there was any chance of Guimaraes leaving, Eddie Howe said: "Absolutely not. We're trying to build a squad to make the club successful over the next few years. We want to enhance the group, not take away our best players. He has been incredible.

"I don't mind the speculation. But Bruno has the ability to achieve special things - we need to give him [a] platform to achieve those things here."

Newcastle United - Nick Pope

Nick Pope has kept a clean sheet in both of his Premier League appearances for Newcastle so far. No keeper has ever kept a shutout in their first three for the Magpies, while the last to do so in three consecutive league games in general was Martin Dubravka in June 2020. The former Burnley shot-stopper will likely have to be at his best to keep City at bay.

Manchester City - Kevin De Bruyne

Kevin De Bruyne has been involved in 17 goals in his last 12 Premier League appearances, scoring nine and assisting eight.

- Phil Foden has played 99 Premier League games for Man City - aged 22 years and 85 days on the day of this game, he could be the youngest player to have played 100 top-flight league games under Guardiola. He would also be the second youngest player to reach the milestone for the Citizens, after Micah Richards.

- City are unbeaten in their last 19 Premier League away games. If they avoid defeat here, it would be the sixth different unbeaten run of 20+ Premier League games on the road, with Manchester United holding the outright record (29 between 2020 and 2021).

-Howe has lost all 12 of his Premier League games against City, the worst 100 per cent losing record any manager has against a club in the history of the competition. On the other hand, Guardiola has won all 10 of his Premier League meetings with Howe.

- City have scored in each of their last 27 Premier League games against Newcastle - it is the longest scoring streak one team has had against another in the history of the competition.

- These teams are the only sides yet to concede a goal in the Premier League this season. The last time the Magpies kept a clean sheet in each of their first three league games was in 1961-62 (second tier), while they last did so in the top-flight in 1902-03.

Updated August 20, 2022

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