Sporting Life: City to continue spending?
- 26 July 2013 09:02
- Posted by @dclayton_mcfc
Despite four major additions to the City squad this summer, the Sporting Life this morning quote Manuel Pellegrini and hint there may be more new faces to come.
There have been suggestions for several days in the media that the Blues may be in the market for another winger and a defender and the City boss agrees there could be more activity to come.
The Sporting Life report: “Despite having already spent over £80million on new signings, Pellegrini is not ruling out further additions before the transfer window closes.
‘The club has spent money on important players, like Stevan and Negredo,’ said Pellegrini. ‘But we must remind you that last year there was Balotelli and Tevez, so we had to replace two very good players with another two very good players.
So, we have the month of July and some days of August to finish the squad completely. It's not absolutely complete, but it's very near to being complete
‘I don't speak about rumours. I think today we have the players we need here. I just said that we will see what happens in this month and during August.'"
Yaya Toure has been widely quoted this morning following an interview he gave reporters in Hong Kong.
The City midfielder is enjoying working with the new manager and believes the Blues have a lot of making up to do during the 2013/14 season.
Jamie Jackson in The Guardian writes: “Yaya Touré has warned that Manchester City's £100m investment in new signings this summer is a huge statement of intent, with Manuel Pellegrini's side determined to reclaim the title and make a serious Champions League challenge.
“The Ivorian also agrees with Ferran Soriano, the City chief executive, that the club should win five trophies in five seasons.
“Asked how big a message this is from the club, Touré said: ‘It's very good to see, they're unbelievable players. They play with their national teams – Negredo, Navas and Fernandinho.
And Jovetic is a great young talent – he's got a fantastic future ahead of him. I'm glad all these players have come to the club because we need it and hope this season is going to be fine for us
‘The club want to improve in every aspect and I hope this season is going to be good for us because we know we have a great challenge against Chelsea, Arsenal, United, Tottenham and Liverpool.
‘This year is going to be tough but I hope with the squad we have and some good luck we get some trophies this year.'"
Finally, one of those stories that fill a few column inches but rarely come to fruition – a 'wonder kid' story.
That’s not to say the player in question isn’t an exciting talent, but how often do they actually happen?
Ben Jefferson in the Daily Express takes up the slack: “Arsenal and Barcelona are set to go head-to-head with Manchester City over UAE wonder kid Omar Abdulrahman.
“Abdulrahman currently plays in the UAE for Al-Ain and has been linked with clubs across Europe.
“City thought they had Abdulrahman's signing in the bag last summer, only for work permit issues to prevent a deal from going through, and one year on.”
Well, we’ll wait and see on that one…