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Manchester City will be one of four or five teams in England who will compete for the Premier League crown this coming season, according to rampaging midfielder Yaya Toure, who told the club's official website that the top flight in England is 'difficult but exciting with four or five times competing for the top title in the world.'
Heading into the final of the Barclays Asia Trophy to be contested against Sunderland at the Hong Kong Stadium tomorrow, Saturday, Yaya also hopes to catch an on-pitch glimpse of what the future holds for the team when new signings such as Alvaro Negredo could feature.
On the bulging squad boss Manuel Pellegrini has at his disposal, the Ivory Coast international mused that: 'We have a very good squad now; every player could play in the first eleven.'
As well as Negredo, City have splashed the cash on Fernandinho, Jesus Navas and Stevan Jovetic, however, that spending policy is not yet over as Pellegrini told reporters assembled in Hong Kong that the striking recruits were bought in order to fill gaps left by transferred duo Mario Balotelli and Carlos Tevez.
A busy August could therefore be on the horizon as speculated targets such as Real Madrid's centre back Pepe, Benfica star Eduardo Salvio and skilled Paris Saint Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic could become Citizens, although Pellegrini refuses to be drawn into naming specific players the club are chasing.
Pellegrini's immediate target is the Asia Cup trophy, but inclement weather conditions have not only hampered the manager's ability to properly prepare his squad, but may force a postponement or cancelation of Saturday's concluding bout versus the Black Cats.
Meanwhile, on HITC, Mathew Nash reminisces over Roberto Mancini putting the final nail in the coffin and Jenny Leigh asks, if City have not finished spending, who is next?
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