Man City set to bid for Real Madrid’s Pepe as Manuel Pellegrini predicts more arrivals
Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini says his side have not finished their transfer business for the summer, despite already spending more than £90m.
Real Madrid defender Pepe is believed to be one of City’s last remaining summer transfer targets. The Premier League runners-up are expected to launch a £15m bid for the Portugal international.
That would push City’s outlay past the £100m following the signings of Fernandinho, Jesus Navas, Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic. But Pellegrini was keen to point out that much of the money has been spent on replacing outgoing players.
He said: “The club has spent money on important players, like Stevan and Negredo.
“But we must remind you that last year here there was Mario Balotelli and Carlos Tevez.
“So we had to replace two very good players with another two very good players.”
The Chilean indicated that further signings would be made in the coming weeks – but not too many.
He said: “We have the whole month of July and some days of August to finish completely the squad.
“It’s not absolutely complete but it’s very near to being complete.”
Pellegrini refused to comment directly on the Pepe rumours, but the centre-back has been widely reported to be his number one target since before he was officially named as City’s new manager.
He continued: “I don’t speak about rumours. I think today we have the players that we need here.
“I just said that we will see what happens in this month and during August.
“But I’m not talking about specific names because it’s better for us, so I don’t talk about Pepe or any other names.”
City are a centre-half lighter than last season after allowing Kolo Toure to move to Liverpool.