Guardiola had a troubled debut campaign at Eastlands as the Spaniard failing to win a trophy for the first time in his storied managerial career.
Guardiola has admitted such a lacklustre performance would have seen him sacked at his previous clubs Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
The website notes that for all their lavish spending City still lack a "world class centre-back", and says Guardiola has identified the Saints stopper as the man to add some ballast to his back-four after their fragility last season cost them credibility on the European stage.
As for City, it's been a mad summer in the market as they've shelled out nearly £160 million on three full-backs: Danilo, Benjamin Mendy and Kyle Walker.
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With a disappointing season behind them, Pep Guardiola wasted no time in strengthening his squad. "It depends on many other circumstances but we've tried to buy good defenders but also creative players and strikers to score more goals".
"I knew Newcastle is a massive club", said the 29-year-old.
March believes that the high transfer fees are a reflection of the quality in the league but says Brighton are not intimidated by bigger teams or anxious by the general consensus that they will be relegated after just one season.
"There are going to be tough days, particularly away from home, but go into the season with confidence, no fear and be very much ready for the challenges ahead".
How could Manchester City line up next season?
"There won't be too many betting shops throughout the country that would put us outside the bottom three".
"Hopefully next season I will be here and we are not going to spend how we have this season". For the first time in 20 years, Arsene Wenger's side will be missing from the Champions League as a outcome of its fifth-place Premier League finish.
"So whatever happens at the start of the season - and of course I hope we get off to a flier - we must stay calm and remember that it's where we are in the table after 38 games that matters, not the first few".
Pablo Zabaleta and Gael Clichy are both very popular here but I think any City fan could see last season they were past their sell-by-date and our full backs were a real weakness.
The winger's move from Club Brugge is not expected to be completed in time for him to feature at the Amex Stadium, although Chris Hughton can call on new recruit Davy Propper, the midfielder signed from PSV Eindhoven. If you're looking for a balanced combination of a football game and a management simulation, you should find this game to be an entertaining activity between Premier League matches.
Much of their season was marred by defensive issues which they will be hoping to have fixed in the upcoming season.