Dennis Wise predicts two further deals before window shuts

Dennis Wise predicts two further deals before window shuts

Discussing his prospects of regular playing time at the back, Guardiola said of Stones: "John has to know he has to play at a good level because Vincent and Nico [Nicolás Otamendi] are there, and they are going to play".

Chelsea are extremely busy as the transfer window comes to a close, with many arrivals and departures expected. Across the north-west, Manchester United have brought in Fred for £59m whilst Chelsea under new manager Maurizio Sarri have bought Jorginho for £57m from his former club Napoli.

Manchester United and Leicester City will step out on the Old Trafford turf for the opening round of the 2018/19 Premier League season, slightly burdened by the success of the England national football team in the previous summer's World Cup.

It remains to be seen if United can complete any last minute deals with numerous reports linking the club with many top central defenders.

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Reigning champions City stormed to the title with a record 100-point haul last season and they are tipped to successfully defend the trophy by 21 BBC pundits including Mark Lawrenson, Alan Shearer and Alex Scott. Still, Mourinho has formidable options at his disposal.

United are further hamstrung with a host of key players including Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford involved in the later stages of the World Cup limiting their pre-season preparations. Nemanja Matic is out injured for now so the ball is in his court to display his dynamism.

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