City's summer business suggests instant success is top of the agenda, with possibly four over-27-year-olds brought in.
As rumours abounded over Isco’s future, City didn’t sit around waiting for their top transfer target. They secured Fernandinho and Jesus Navas, in the hope that at the end of the European Under-21 Championship the Malaga playmaker would follow.
That he ultimately chose Real Madrid is a disappointment they can either dwell on or look beyond.
And yet having missed out on the 21-year-old, Pellegrini’s transfer business (both complete and rumoured), suggests the Chilean is fully aware of the need for instant success.
At 28 and 27 respectively, Fernandinho and Navas have an abundance of experience. And while both have to settle into the new surroundings of the Premier League, their ability on the world stage is not to be doubted.
With continuing reports that 30-year-old Pepe and 27-year-old Alvaro Negredo may follow, there is a sense that City are building for the now – with the future very much taking care of itself.
With Chelsea’s transfer business to date the signing of 22-year-old Andre Schurrle, and Manchester United rumoured to be following up the arrival of 20-year-old Guillermo Varela with Thiago Alcantara – just two years his senior – City are building an experienced side in the hope of instantly winning the league title back from their rivals.
His tongue firmly loosened following his dismissal at the end of last season, Roberto Mancini has spoken of his achievements not getting the recognition they deserved.
“The club didn’t win a title for 40 years,” he said. “I won a Premier League, a FA Cup, a Community Shield, and in the worst season, I lost a final and finished second in the Premier League.”
Whatever you think of the Italian, he has a point.
Meaning Pellegrini will know that fast-track success is a must; with his first trophy having the power to prompt many more.
Of course had Isco chosen a reunion with his former coach over the pull of the Bernabeu, we would be hailing the Chilean as some kind of transfer maestro – signing experience and the best of the next generation in equal measure.
But the fact that he failed to bring one young player to the club may soon be forgotten, if his older ones gel into the title-winning side he is hoping for.
Do you think City should add Negredo and Pepe to their squad? Or should they allow their younger players - most notably Matija Nastasic - to continue their progress?