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Man City reportedly lands Irish keeper ahead of Spurs, Chelsea

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Manchester City has reportedly added a young goalkeeper to its squad.

Gavin Bazunu, 16, would join City from Irish side Shamrock Rovers.

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The 6-foot-2 Bazunu has allowed just two goals in six matches with Rovers, both of those coming in Europa League qualifying.

In League of Ireland play, he went 4-for-4 in clean sheets. Sky Sports says the fee is around $500,000, and that both Spurs and Chelsea wanted to add the youngster.

With Claudio Bravo injured for the next couple months, Bazunu joins Ederson, Daniel Grimshaw, and Arijanet Muric on Man City’s depth chart.

Bazunu is still listed on the Rovers’ web site as a First Team backstop.

PL Preview: Wolves vs. Manchester City

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  • Wolves was one of two teams to hold Manchester City goalless last season
  • Man City has not dropped PL points since early February
  • Man City is unbeaten in 12 PL games vs promoted sides under Guardiola

Wolves dominated the Championship last season, but has yet to win a Premier League match in its return to the English top flight. The task is monumental on Saturday as they host defending champions Manchester City on Saturday at 7:30 a.m. ET  on NBCSN or live online at NBCSports.com.

City has looked as dominant as ever to start this season, outscoring its first two opponents Arsenal and Huddersfield Town 8-1. Five players have scored for the Citizens already this season, with Sergio Aguero’s three strikes leading the way.

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However, Guardiola lost playmaker Kevin De Bruyne for three months with a knee injury, meaning the Man City boss has a few choices to select from. He could move Gabriel Jesus from the wing to the middle, bring Leroy Sane back into the squad in a playmaking role, or move Bernardo Silva from a wing-back position he has surprisingly excelled at of late.

The only other squad difficulty for Man City is the loss of backup goalkeeper Claudio Bravo who ruptured his Achilles tendon during training on Monday. That leaves either 20-year-old academy product Daniel Grimshaw or recalled 19-year-old Montenegrin Aro Muric as the backup to Ederson, with Joe Hart sold this summer.

For Wolves, they still don’t have new signing Leander Dendoncker who isn’t fit to play yet, but Adama Traore could make his debut start after coming on as a substitute in last weekend’s loss to Leicester City.

What they’re saying

Man City boss Pep Guardiola on Wolves: “Wolves destroyed the Championship. They had an incredible season. They play attractive football and attack with good players. We knew how tough it would be last season in the Carabao Cup and it was.”

Wolves boss Nuno on style of play: “We don’t know how to play any other way. There are two ways to react to what happened against Leicester. You react by changing or not. We will not change because we want to build something. It is more important than we keep doing the things that we train to do.”

Prediction

Despite the one point from two matches, Wolves is still a dangerous team and will make things difficult for Manchester City. This match will come down to the wire, and will end in a 1-1 draw as City adapts to play without Kevin de Bruyne.

Bravo suffers Achilles tendon tear; Could miss season

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It’s not quite like losing Kevin De Bruyne, but Manchester City has lost another component to a significant injury.

This one could be season-ending, as second-string shot stopper Claudio Bravo ruptured his achilles tendon in training on Monday.

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Bravo tweeted that “life will go on” regardless of the injury, but City has a headache in terms of what it may ask of first choice keeper Ederson.

City sold goalkeepers Angus Gunn to Southampton and Joe Hart to Burnley this summer, and sent Arijanet Muric on loan to NAC Breda. Twenty-year-old Daniel Grimshaw signed a new deal with Man City this summer.

Who’s on the free agent wire? It’s a thin herd, with former Liverpool and Fluminese backstop Diego Cavalieri and twice-capped Argentina goalkeeper Oscar Ustari on the list (Ustari has not played since a serious leg injury for Atlas in November).