Manchester City Transfers: Moves Manuel Pellegrini Should Make Before Deadline

Phil KeidelContributor IIAugust 29, 2013

Pellegrini's August was one "congratulations on the win" handshake light.
Pellegrini's August was one "congratulations on the win" handshake light.Michael Regan/Getty Images

Manuel Pellegrini's first August as Manchester City manager was a lot more eventful than he probably would have hoped.

Pellegrini's August opened with sour news about injured starting centre-back Matija Nastasic, who is now still in the midst of his four to six weeks of recovery time from the ankle injury he sustained in Hong Kong at the Asia Trophy final against Sunderland.

The Premier League campaign opened like the dawn of a perfect day for Pellegrini. His side comprehensively outplayed Newcastle United, and the early returns on Pellegrini's marquee signings were full of enthusiastic praise.

Unfortuntately, Vincent Kompany limped off against Newcastle, setting the table for an unwelcome dinner guest in the form of a surprising loss at Cardiff City.

Quite an August, indeed.

The summer transfer window will close after the coming weekend, as the fortuitous fall of August 31 on a Saturday this year leads to a prolonged period for business.

For Pellegrini and City, though, there just is not that much more business to transact.

Unlike procrastinating sides such as Arsenal and Everton, City already shipped £90 million in transfer fees through their acquisitions of Jesus Navas, Fernandinho, Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic. That is old news, but the passage of time does not diminish the heft of the outlay.

City is also beyond deep in talks with Atletico Madrid to acquire Martin Demechilis as rental coverage for the ongoing injury woes of Nastasic, Kompany and Micah Richards.

Demechilis might be advised not to set deep roots in Manchester given the quality of the injured players City are waiting on. Then again, given their propensities to find the trainer's room, maybe Demechilis should sign a year-long lease after all.

And good on Atletico Madrid, who acquired Demechilis on a free transfer and are now set to flip him for £4 million or more per Richard Jolly of That is Dire Straits territory.

That probably ought to be Pellegrini's last acquisition of the summer transfer period. He has millions of pounds worth of defending talent coming back from injury soon.

Pellegrini might consider reconnecting with Juventus about their interest in Aleksandar Kolarov. Juventus brass recently declared that they were out on Kolarov, but that sort of felt like a jilted suitor saying his intended wasn't that hot anyway.

If Kolarov is not going to feature at all at City, the Sky Blues might as well get something for him and ease the logjam of players on the roster.

There are a few more moves Pellegrini might consider in advance of the upcoming match with Hull City, but none of them involve transfer business.

Pellegrini might consider giving beleaguered keeper Joe Hart a day off. Pellegrini should be able trust his side to rebound from the Cardiff City defeat at home with Costel Pantilimon between the posts. If he cannot, Champions League aspirations are a joke.

He might also consider giving Samir Nasri a start over Jesus Navas, and James Milner a go rather than the traditionally overworked Yaya Toure.

However the summer transfer period ends for Pellegrini and City, you have to think they are hoping for a comparatively tranquil and successful September.