We all remember Gary Neville stating at the start of the summer that Manchester City would be the fourth choice destination for players who are considering moving to an elite club in England.
But with the signing of Raheem Sterling Manchester City surely exploded that myth early doors. Because how United would have liked to acquire his pace and penetration. Obviously the Liverpool link would have made an Old Trafford transfer nigh on impossible but the latest reports suggest that Manchester City may get more joy in the transfer market, despite the interest of other top four clubs.
And, overall, they have done excellent transfer business this summer, leaving many of their rivals in their wake.
But it appears that they aren’t finished yet.
Despite an imperious start to the season Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini seems very keen on further additions and states this week that he wants two more:
“We have a good squad at this moment, but if we can improve it in a couple of positions it is better.
And those two players could be acquisitions that will annoy the heck out of bitter rivals United.
Because latest reports suggest that Pedro is thinking twice about joining United due to Louis van Gaal’s treatment of fellow countryman Victor Valdes. The Guardian states:
Pedro has a release clause of €30m (£21.3m) yet, having previously been minded to join United, he is now deliberating. The forward has been on Manchester City’s radar and while the club are not currently pursuing a deal to take the 28-year-old to the Etihad, Pedro may offer a fall-back option should a deal fail to be struck with Wolfsburg for Kevin De Bruyne, who is City’s first choice.
If Manchester City gave up on signing Kevin de Bruyne and instead went for Pedro, they would not only be signing a top player but also sending United’s transfer plans into disarray.
And they may also make a move for the chiseled Argentine international defender Nicolas Otamendi.
No one seems to know for sure who is most interested in signing the player with reports varying wildly from source to source.
But Spanish media outlet AS.com reports that the player wants a move.
Nicolás Otamendi’s departure from Valencia appears to be inching closer and closer. AS reported on Thursday that Valencia manager Nuno had not played Otamendi with a probable first 11 in a training practice match ahead of the Champions League qualifier against Monaco next week.
Both Manchester United and Manchester City are interested in acquiring Otamendi’s services.
Let’s see Pedro in action.
Manchester City fans: would you rather take the Spaniard or Kevin De Bruyne?