Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has said that the club needs to sign at least three new players to become serious title contenders this season.
While Carlos Tevez remains at Eastlands for the short term,following his failed bid for a move to Corinthians, Mancini knows that the Argentine will not be part of his long term plans. City have been linked with a move for Atletico Madrid striker Sergio Aguero, and Mancini feels that players of that class are still required at Eastlands.
“I think it is really difficult to buy any players because all the good teams want these players,” Mancini told Sky Sports News.
“But I hope that before the game against (Manchester) United (in the Community Shield on August 7) we can have all these players.
“We have two, three targets but it depends.
“We need to improve because we are at the moment a few players (short) for competition and we need to have other players.”
Mancini was insistent that Tevez was still a City player and would be welcome at the club.
“At the moment Carlos is still a City player, like yesterday, like three days ago,” the Italian said.
“In the future we will see what can happen. But for us Carlos is an important player.
“Carlos wants to leave, wants to come back to Argentina or maybe another country for his family. It is only because of this I think that the club accept to sell Carlos, because I think that we respect his reasons.”