That’s a move which could be counter productive for the club in a few ways and could affect the future of one of their best performing defenders last season, Matija Nastasic.
The 20-year-old performed admirably in the centre of City’s defence alongside Vincent Kompany but the arrival of Pepe would not only threaten his place in the team but his place at the club.
The rumours show that Manuel Pellegrini has clear doubt over the current central defensive options at the club, unless Kompany is the player he’s looking to replace which is impossible.
Nastasic made 21 Premier League starts last season, improving greatly as a defender and justifying why Roberto Mancini decided to play him for a significant chunk of the club’s season.
He’s now faced with the possible dilemma of sitting at the bench at City, waiting for an injury and a chance to play or moving on to another side, which may be difficult because he has four years left on his current contract.
It’s a shame if this is Pellegrini’s way of thinking because all the talk following Mancini’s sacking was about City wanting to create a different feeling throughout the club.
One area that was to be addressed was the academy and the issue of younger players but the contradiction comes of Nastasic is forced out of the side having played such a big role last season.
Being harsh in terms of the defence isn’t new to City because they did the exact same thing with Joleon Lescott, using Nastasic to replace the former Everton player last season.
Ironically it’s a move which set Nastasic up to look like one of the best defensive talents in the Premier League.
There is a clear argument for City being harsh because football is a ruthless and high pressure game and Pellegrini may not want to take too many risks heading into the new season as he looks to get back the Premier League title and make a serious go of things in the Champions League.
The reports suggest anything between £17-25 million as a possible fee for Portuguese defender Pepe but the point is he’s a player they don’t fundamentally need and a player who could force out one of the club’s best young players.
Nastasic is a player who could form the bedrock of the Manchester City team for several years to come while Pepe is a player staring at the last part of his career at the top.
Would you push out Nastasic of the side by bringing in Pepe?
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