The new Chilean Citizens boss explained to the press that his outlay so far this summer has merely been to replace outgoing players – the likes of Mario Balotelli who was sold by Roberto Mancini in January, was followed by Carlos Tevez, Kolo Toure, Wayne Bridge, Roque Santa Cruz, and Maicon amongst others.
Pellegrini has so far brought in midfielder Fernandinho for £30 million, winger Jesus Navas for £15 million, and strikers Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic for a combined £38.4 million between them, totalling £83.4 million so far.
“The club has spent money on important players like Negredo and Jovetic, but we’ve only replaced players,” said Pellegrini.
“Balotelli and Tevez were here last year, they needed to be replaced. We’ve done that now, and have the whole of August to do business.”
“We are pretty close, but we are not finished yet with our spending. We’ll see what happens next,” he added.
The Chilean’s comments are a teasing prospect for Blues fans – we shall indeed all have to wait and see what happens next – but there are a few players the boss is reported to have his eye on.
Real Madrid defender Pepe has been linked with City for a number of weeks now. The £18 million-rate Portuguese centre-back would be the ideal man to partner captain Vincent Kompany in the heart of Pellegrini’s defence next term.
The array of attacking options at the boss’ disposal is impressive – Negredo and Jovetic join Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko to make for one of the most intimidating strike-quartets around. Fernandinho bolsters a midfield that already boasts David Silva, Yaya Toure, Gareth Barry, Javi Garcia, and Jack Rodwell whilst Navas will compete with James Milner, Samir Nasri, and Scott Sinclair on the flanks.
City are presently linked with another defensive prospect Adil Rami of Valencia, along with Roma forward Daniele De Rossi, Benfica winger Eduardo Salvio, and even treble Ballon d’Or winner Barcelona’s Lionel Messi (ridiculously).
It’s clear the primary interests remain central defenders and with the abundance of attacking options in Pellegrini’s squad, it’s hard to see another striker or winger coming in without one going out. Who will be next? I suppose we’ll all have to do as the boss says and see what happens.
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