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Manuel Pellegrini has spoken of his desire to bring new frontmen to Manchester City. As the club continue to be linked with both Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic, the Chilean has stressed the importance of a strong and balanced squad.
“I said the other day, two players by every position,” he said. “We need two or three players more but we are not in a hurry.
“We need strikers, attackers. Comparing this squad with this year, here is not Balotelli and Tevez.”
And it looks like he may be getting his wish, with Negredo seemingly close to a move.
The Sevilla striker’s manager has spoken of the likelihood of the 27-year-old leaving this summer, believing it is in the best interests of the club for him to do so.
“We know he could leave,” Unai Emery said, “but it would be the best for everyone.
“The club would be able to meet its financial obligations, and although we would lose a key player, we need to be reasonable, like we were in the case of Navas.”
So it seems that if it is up to Negredo’s coach, it won’t be long before he is holding up the blue shirt of City with a smile on his face and a few extra pounds on his paycheque.
The other striker most heavily linked with a move to the Etihad is Fiorentina’s Jovetic, and reports today suggest a deal is in the pipeline, should City pay the £30million asking price.
In truth, it seems far more likely that Negredo’s arrival will end any chance of signing the 24-year-old, especially when the Spaniard is cheaper and more prolific. But stranger things have happened; such as City signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Reports from France claim they are considering a swoop for the unsettled Swede; this despite his agent apparently touting him to Real Madrid.
Whether the claims are simply a way to speed up the moves for Negredo and/or Jovetic is unknown. Yet it would be quite a coup should Pellegrini secure the feisty but undoubtedly talented forward.
From possible arrivals to imminent departures, with reports claiming Aleksander Kolarov remains a target of Juventus. It is claimed the Italian champions are willing to pay £7million for the versatile defender, although competition may come from rivals Inter Milan.
Pablo Zabaleta has also suggested his future may be in Italy, although it was during an interview with SportItalia so it may simply have been politeness rather than a sign of things to come.
“It’s certainly a league I’d like to play in,” he said.
“A team? I consider Fiorentina to be an interesting team. I have always liked them since the days of Batistuta.”
One player definitely on his way is Jeremy Helan, who has joined Sheffield Wednesday for an undisclosed fee.
The Frenchman was on loan at the Owls last season, and chose a move to Hillsborough over a switch to Wolves.
And finally, the club have announced plans to expand their stadium to possibly house as many as 60,000 fans.
That is one of two options being considered before planning permission is applied for. The other is to expand to a 54,000 capacity.
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