Pellegrini chases third forward as Tevez departs

Manuel Pellegrini has made bringing in a striker to the club his main transfer priority.

After selling Carlos Tevez to Juventus last season, Manchester City only have two first-team strikers available to them in the form of Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko.

Whilst Aguero is undoubtedly world-class, injury problems blighted his 2012/13 campaign and Dzeko’s inconsistency has frustrated those at the Etihad.

John Guidetti has been touted as one for the future after a brilliant loan spell with Feyenoord; however the Swedish international is yet to feature for City’s first team, despite being on their books since 2008!

As you can imagine any half-decent forward has been linked with a move to Manchester City given their position and once again look set to flex their financial muscle.

Wayne Rooney, Luis Suarez, Edison Cavani and Radameal Falcao are just four who have been rumoured to be on City’s radar, however Pellegrini looks set to miss out on all four.

Falcao has already joined Monaco, whilst the Citizens aren’t willing to match Cavani’s buy-out clause of £54million and will look elsewhere.

After months of speculation Rooney could be set to stay with City’s closest rivals and as for Suarez it’s highly unlikely the player will remain in England and Real are favourites to sign the Uruguayan.

Despite adding both Jesus Navas and Fernandinho it looks set to be a frustrating transfer window for Pellegrini who also looks set to miss out on bringing Isco with him from Malaga.

Tevez isn’t the only one who could be out of the City door this summer, with many first team players reportedly on their way out.

Micah Richards has attracted interest from both Inter and A.C Milan and a move to Italy could rejuvenate his stop start career.

The England defender has rejected a new deal after being told he isn’t guaranteed a starting birth week in week out. This news only increased the speculation Richards will leave the club this summer.

Javi Garcia struggled in his first season with the club and following Fernandinho’s arrival he’s another who could be off.

After selling him for close to £16million last season, Benfica could come back in for the defensive midfielder at a knock down price.

The English trio of Gareth Barry, Joleon Lescott and Scott Sinclair have all attracted interest from Premier League rivals.

Barry was a reported £4million target of Newcastle and Spurs, however given the latter are set to sign Paulinho a move to White Hart Lane looks unlikely.

Lescott has been linked with a return to Everton, whilst Sinclair has been told he can leave this summer and many clubs are interested in a loan move.

 

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