Manchester City Transfer Rumours: 5 Late Deals for Blues to Consider
From the evidence of this weekend, Manchester City are not in any desperate need to improve their squad. Newcastle United found out the hard way on Sunday, falling to a painful 4-0 defeat that served as a title warning from Manuel Pellegrini's men.
Having strengthened their squad with the likes of Alvaro Negredo, Stevan Jovetic, Fernandinho and Jesus Navas, however, it would not be entirely a surprise to see the Sky Blues enter the market again before September 1. The following could be interesting last-minute options for Pellegrini to consider, both in arrivals and possible departures.
While Chilean coach Pellegrini enjoys a forward line which could rival any club in the world, the defence does not inspire quite the same confidence. The front-line names are solid enough, but there is a serious lack of depth which could hurt City over a gruelling Premier League season.
Behind Micah Richards, Vincent Kompany and Joleon Lescott, for example, the choice of players in the centre looks positively underwhelming. This is where former Bayern Munich stopper Demichelis comes in.
The Mirror reports that, with injuries already affecting Richards and Kompany, the club have raised their bid for Malaga's Argentine star to £2.5m; still a snip for the experienced defender in such an inflated market.
One thing Manchester City cannot be accused of since winning football's equivalent of the lottery, in attracting wealthy ownership, is looking past young talent. Every year a troop of promising stars comes to the Etihad Stadium from around the world, painstakingly scouted and negotiated by the club.
According to talkSPORT, PSV Eindhoven wonderkid Zakaria Bakkali is another teenage hopeful with a chance of moving to North West England. The 17-year-old has been known to the club since 2011, and although Arsenal and Chelsea are also allegedly following his progress, that prior interest could tip the balance for Pellegrini's team.
While Martin Demichelis appears to be Manchester City's most viable target to fill gaps in the back line, there are other alternatives available. Several sources have linked the Premier League club with a second Liga defender before the transfer window slams shut.
Goal reports that the Citizens, after making tentative enquiries earlier in the summer, have looked again at Real Madrid's Pepe in the light of the injury crisis. Up until now the £30m valuation given to the defender by los Blancos looks prohibitively high for a 30-year-old star, but City are not afraid to spend money on the right man.
Of course, it might not be all one-way traffic around the Etihad Stadium as the transfer window enters its final straight. One of the most probable moves that could be seen for City in the next few days could well involve the departure of an established midfield star.
The Independent reports that Manchester City have given Gareth Barry the green light to move after failing to guarantee the England international first-team football. Everton would be interested in taking the experienced midfielder to Merseyside, although his wages, estimated at £100,000 a week, could complicate a possible loan deal.
Barry is not the only Manchester City player who could be lining up for another side by the end of the summer transfer window. Scott Sinclair, stuck on the fringes of the first team, is another member of the squad who has attracted interest from elsewhere.
Struggling for playing time in the face of competition with the likes of David Silva and Navas, Sinclair could find in West Bromwhich Albion an alternative for 2013/14. According to the Daily Express, the Baggies have reignited the interest they showed earlier in the summer and, if they can convince City to accept a loan deal, could incorporate the former Plymouth and Chelsea man.