Manchester City latest: Pellegrini and Cavani soon to arrive?

Manuel Pellegrini

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Manuel Pellegrini – the man rumoured to be replacing Roberto Mancini as manager of Manchester City – has confirmed he is leaving Malaga at the end of the season - news later confirmed by Malaga themselves on their website.

The Chilean has made no secret of a possible move and now his arrival to the Premier League appears only a matter of time.

Speaking to Spanish publication Marca, he said, “My coaching staff and I are separating from Malaga. Our union with this city will be eternal. I’m going for sporting reasons.”

He will oversee the Spanish side’s last two games of the season, and look to consolidate sixth-place in La Liga.

It has been suggested that Pellegrini may bring Malaga midfielder Isco with him to the Etihad. But recent reports suggest Real Madrid are also interested in the 21-year-old.

The attacking midfielder, who can play both centrally and from the left, has scored 11 goals and provided four assists so far this season. Form that has seemingly prompted Madrid president Florentino Perez to sanction a move, regardless of who the club’s new manager may be.

One player City do still appear to be favourites for is Napoli striker Edinson Cavani, after the Italian side’s president Aurelio De Laurentiis revealed talks have begun about a possible swap deal with City’s Eden Dzeko.

Napoli’s sporting director Riccardo Bigon joined De Laurentiis on a recent trip to England and the latter said, “I told Bigon, ‘Go to City and take the chance to negotiate over Dzeko and see what they are willing to do for Cavani.’

The 26-year-old Uruguayan is one of the hottest properties in football, and his signing may be seen as a statement of intent similar to when Manchester United signed Robin van Persie last summer.

Cavani has scored 36 goals in 41 appearances this season, and could be exactly what City need to challenge both domestically and in Europe.

And finally, City have revealed their new home kit for next season after signing a reported six-year, £72million deal with Nike.

The shirt will get its first outing during the club’s post-season friendlies against Chelsea in the USA, the first of which is tomorrow in St Louis.

Their post-season trip has also seen the announcement of a partnership between City and the New York Yankees baseball team that will see a new side – New York City Football Club – competing in the MLS from 2015.

image: © Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

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