Manchester City weekend round-up: Boss hints at defender move; winger set for Baggies?

All the news, views and transfer rumours from the Etihad this weekend…

Manchester City ended their pre-season campaign with a 3-1 defeat to Arsenal in Helsinki.

The Gunners’ goals came from Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud, with new arrival Alvaro Negredo scoring a consolation for the Blues.

But for all their attacking reinforcements, Manuel Pellegrini would have been concerned all their efforts could be undone if his defence continues to perform like this.

We had some problems defending and we will try to improve that this week,” the Chilean said.

With Real Madrid defender Pepe long linked with a move to the Etihad, this performance may just have prompted Pellegrini into one last flash of the chequebook.

Although if he fails to bring anyone in, it seems he has the confidence to rectify the situation, even with Matija Nastasic injured for the beginning of the season.

If we buy someone, then okay,” he said. “If not, I think we have got the squad to solve our problems.”

Former City striker Niall Quinn certainly thinks there are bright days ahead for the club, citing the arrival of Pellegrini as a catalyst for a significant change of feeling around the ground.

Before, there was anxiety and tension in the dressing room,” Quinn said, “but he brings a different aura.”

There is certainly an air of confidence surrounding the former Malaga coach, but that confidence needs to be translated into success.

As Pellegrini prepares for his opening Premier League game against Newcastle United, it is being reported that the Magpies will be without new striker Loic Remy due to a calf injury.

There is no chance of him making Man City,” Newcastle manager Alan Pardew said.

And finally, one player strongly tipped to leave the Etihad this summer has attracted the interest of West Bromwich Albion.

Baggies manager Steve Clarke has revealed that he has asked about the possibility of bringing Scott Sinclair to The Hawthorns.

The former Swansea winger is believed to be a loan target for a number of clubs including Everton and Newcastle, and yet it seems Clarke could secure the deal.

Whether that it is on a permanent or a temporary basis remains to be seen.

We’ve made an enquiry to Manchester City,” Clarke told the Birmingham Mail. “There are discussions between the two clubs but beyond that there is nothing to report.”

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