Realistic Transfer Targets for Manchester City
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Manchester City have been busy flexing their financial muscle in the transfer market, but have we reached the end of their summer spending spree?
The Citizens continue to be linked to incoming players, despite having already spent upwards of £90 million in the summer window.
Fernandinho and Jesus Navas joined the side in June and Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic became the club’s most recent signings, joining for £20 million and £22 million, respectively, as seen on the BBC Sport website.
Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain have acted fast, allaying any residual fears that the club’s fans may have had from this time last year—when City failed to secure any high-profile signings.
But do the Sky Blues still need to bring in additional recruits? The club have been linked with a string of high-profile names. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been rumoured with a move, according to the Daily Mail's Graeme Yorke.
But what about those players who stand a realistic chance of joining City? Below, I examine two rumoured targets who could be genuine contenders for joining the club ahead of the 2013-14 season.
Similar in style to the recently acquired Jesus Navas, the right-winger scored 10 Primeira Liga goals in 29 appearances for the Lisbon side last season and created eight assists.
Nicknamed "Toto," the 23-year-old also has European experience under his belt, with five Champions League and eight Europa League games registered in 2012-13.
Salvio began his career in his native Argentina with Club Atletico Lanus and signed for Atletico Madrid in 2010.
He made 69 appearances for the La Liga side and won two Europa League titles during his time at the Vicente Calderon.
When Salvio transferred to Benfica last summer, after a successful loan spell, he broke the club’s record transfer fee when he signed for €13.5 million.
Earlier this month, Salvio's agent Agustin Jimenez told Portuguese newspaper O Jogo, via skysports.com:
There is interest out there this summer from clubs in England and Italy and I believe they have had contact with Benfica. After a big season it is normal that significant clubs will be interested. Now the decision is in the hands of Benfica. Salvio is content at the club but he is open to the possibility of a move.
Benfica are understood to be asking £34.4 million for Salvio, but according to the Independent, a compromise is likely.
According to various reports, including this piece by Lee Roden on talkSPORT, Manuel Pellegrini is keen on signing the 30-year-old.
The pair have worked together in the past, during the Chilean's year in charge at the Bernabeu.
A fee in the region of £20 million seems a little steep for a 30-year-old defender, but Pepe would bring a wealth of experience to the side.
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If Pellegrini really wants to make an assault in Europe, Pepe would be a good candidate to partner with Vincent Kompany in central defence.
With over 40 Champions League appearances for Real Madrid alone, Pepe would be a more obvious choice to boss the backline in big games, ahead of Lescott and Matija Nastasic.
There is a flip side to Pepe’s character, which he is known all too well for. With a history of ill discipline, he’s a fiery character whose reckless challenges and shows of dissent often make him a risk for receiving cards and suspensions.
He may have his flaws, but Real Madrid’s No. 3 is a tried and tested player—experienced in the Primeira Liga, La Liga, in European competition and international football.
There aren't many defenders on the market with a CV like Pepe’s.
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