New Manchester City manager, Manuel Pelligrini, spoke today and he gave indications that their summer spending is not yet over.
As has become the norm in the blue half of Manchester over the last few seasons, they have opened up the cheque book to add to their squad. This season’s signings have not been as high profile as previous seasons. They have signed Fernandinho, Jesus Navas, Alvaro Negredo and Stefan Jovetic spending in the region of £90 million pounds. It seems that they haven’t delved into the market to the same extent as previous years but that figure mentioned above would suggest different.
One of their biggest mistakes last summer was their failure to add efficiently to their squad. Only defender Matija Natasic had any significantly positive impact to the team. Other players such as Maicon, Scott Sinclair and Javi Garcia were a long way short of what was in the squad and they couldn’t provide sufficient competition for players Samir Nasri and David Silva who really failed to reach the heights of their title winning season. It was a very poor title defence from City and they will be determined to bounce back.
The board acted by relieving Roberto Mancini of his position of manager. They appointed Pelligrini and they have backed him in the transfer market so far. Pelligrini mentioned that he has the rest of July and August to “finish and complete the squad”. He mentioned in a Guardian Article how he felt his squad was “not absolutely complete but very near to being (completed)”. This is a clear indication that Pelligrini still wishes to add to his squad and it will be interesting to see if there is one or multiple new additions.
City have been strongly linked with Real Madrid defender, Pepe, during the summer transfer window so far and Pelligrini answered the question quite strongly by saying, “I don’t speak about rumours”. He played his cards very close to his chest and informed the public of very little regarding potential transfer targets. “I am not talking about a specific name”, added Pelligrini, and this keeps the soccer public guessing as to which players City could sign in the coming weeks.
One thing that was clear was that City are not finished their transfer dealings. “We will see what happens this month and during August”, was another line from the City manager to show his intent. We all know of the finances that City have at their disposal. They haven’t really gone for any of the heavyweight names in the world of football yet this summer. It will be interesting to see what areas of the team that they will look to strengthen.
They are coming into the new season under the radar in certain ways but who knows, maybe there is one big signing in City to show that they mean business as they enter a potential new era. In a transfer window, City are always a team that people look out for and it will be fascinating to see who these new arrivals will be.