After finally securing the signature of Raheem Sterling for an English transfer record, Manchester City are unlikely to stop there in their attempt to win back the Premier League crown.
City have a couple of areas they’ll want to strengthen, dependent who else follows James Milner, Frank Lampard, Micah Richards, Scott Sinclair, John Guidetti, Dedryck Boyata and Karim Rekik out of the Etihad exit door.
After losing Lampard to New York City and Milner to Liverpool Pellegrini now has a headache in central midfield which needs addressing, particularly after making the decision toward the back end of last season that Toure belongs behind Aguero. That leaves only Fernando and Fernandinho who play in central midfield, with Bruno Zucculini likely to be sent out on loan again after a disappointing spell at Valencia last year.
The rumours of Isco quietened after Benitez took over at the Bernabeu, although a late bid for the Spaniard may test Rafa’s resolve. I personally think Jack Wilshere is well worth £25m. Despite popular opinion, if he can get over his injury problems he is a young world class talent, and he’s English which is always a bonus. There aren’t many central midfielders available this summer after Pogba’s supposed snub and Khedira moving to Juventus.
Delph would have been perfect to slot into the rotation for only £8m and I think it reflects poorly on the player that he felt he couldn’t get into a midfield containing only two players, one of which having a shaky first season in Manchester.
After losing Boyata and Rekik already this summer Pellegrini is in need of another central defender. A patchy season at best from £32m Eliquim Mangala and a 34 year old Martin Demechelis are not central defenders who are going to win the Premier League, even if they have skipper Vincent Kompany beside them.
John Stones has been linked with a move from Merseyside but is also linked with free spending Manchester United. There has been some speculation surrounding Pepe and Ramos but it’s time to be realistic in the market and look at players who are ready to leave.
Jason Denayer had a good season on loan at Celtic and if he makes the squad he is likely to get his chance at some point during the season.