Freire would immediately be sent on loan to PEC Zwolle in the Netherlands.
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'I'm on fire, ' he smiled when asked to describe his mood.
Guardiola's old rival Jose Mourinho hasn't been shy about raiding the United coffers, with the Lukaku swoop headlining a £140 million spree that also brought Benfica defender Victor Lindelof and Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic to Old Trafford. But his new team finished a distant third and without a single trophy.
- the biggest win in the Premier League came when Manchester United beat Ipswich 9-0 in March 1995. There, Perez apparently told him that Bale is up for sale. When they were relegated to the second tier last year, it was expected they will be back sooner or later. "I understand the reality of the market, of the numbers".
"I could see when I first came to United that we needed a Matic-type player", he said.
In his earlier stinct in the premier league mangager (with Norwich), Hughton was often criticised for his negative style of play, but with Brighton he seems to have find a new level. My guess is that Swansea City will join them.
The first match won't be easy for United as West Ham United are also a stronger side in Premier League this season.
'Man City, fantastic manager, great spending, already very good players, are equipped. Liverpool is equipped. Chelsea were the champions easily, they lost some players but bought some players. He thinks he can do more.
Really, though, it's very easy to forget those 14 teams because, let's face it, they are only there to make up the numbers. "But we have players and if we cannot strengthen the team in these areas, we have players that we trust".
Guardiola confirmed Mendy and midfielder Ilkay Gundogan are recovering well but neither would be available for selection for City's weekend clash at the Amex Stadium. The medical department is better, the logistics, how we organise training routines, the analysis department. "Players here now are so young and will stay for the future".
- players to have scored 30 or more Premier League goals in a season - Shearer, Andy Cole, Kevin Phillips, Thierry Henry, Cristiano Ronaldo, Robin van Persie and Luis Suarez. In search of goals, Manchester United turned to last season's second-highest scorer.
"It is difficult to say what our chances in the league are but we are setting out to be on top", said Carrick.
'I was not sitting around having tea, ' he says.
"I don't think I am in a position to be moaning and crying. If the remaining 25 per cent don't arrive I will not moan, I will just go with everything I have to try to win every match I play".
"While he hasn't done anything yet, he's certainly at the right club and making the right progress".