Man City Transfer Focus – Pellegrini overseeing the ins and outs

Manchester City are expected to wrap up the signing of midfielder Isco this week, amid rumours that the Malaga player is concerned that he will not get enough playing time at rival bidders Real Madrid. However, the 21-year-old has seen his stock rise after his successful trip to Israel for the European Under-21 Championships, and City could now end up paying somewhere in the region of £30m to get their man.

This news comes after reports in the Daily Mirror that say incoming City manager Manuel Pellegrini will have full control over transfers in and out of the club this summer. This includes the £50m paid out earlier in the month for Jesus Navas and Fernandinho. However, this also means that the Chilean will have the final say on the respective futures of Gareth Barry, Carlos Tevez and Joleon Lescott, who each have just a year left on their contracts.

One of that trio who would not be short of suitors, should Pellegrini deem him surplus to requirements, is Gareth Barry. The Daily Express believes Tottenham Hotspur boss Andre Villas Boas is interested in taking the English central midfielder to White Hart Lane. It could be a move that suits both parties as Sunderland look to be closing in on Spurs’ Scott Parker, so £4m Barry could be an ideal replacement. Stoke City are also interested the 32-year-old’s services due to his modest price tag.

Back-up goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon is also reportedly ready to go through the exit door at the Etihad, with newly promoted Hull looking like the interested party. Pantilimon had been frustrated by his lack of first team opportunities under Roberto Mancini’s leadership and it seems he is not prepared to try his luck with new man Pellegrini.

Pantilimon’s eagerness to leave Eastland’s leaves Pellegrini with the unenviable task of trying to persuade another goalkeeper to come in with only the promise of reserve team football. The Mirror are also claiming that the Chilean manager’s fascination with wide players has taken him to Milan and inquiries into their highly-rated 20-year-old winger Stephan El-Shaarawy.

Meanwhile, Edison Cavani would prefer Real Madrid to City after calling a switch to the Bernabeu his “dream move” say the The Independent. This news comes after the Uruguayan described Madrid as a “beautiful team.” The Napoli hit-man struck 29 goals in 34 appearances last season. It is also believed that if striker wanted to move to the Spanish capital, Napoli would lower their asking price from the player’s £53m release value.

However, the same source is claiming that City have been give first refusal on Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic. This news will come as shot in the arm for Pellegrini’s men after the disappointment of apparently losing out in the race for Cavani. The Sky Blues are thought to be in pole position to sign Jovetic after securing a good working relationship with the £25m-rated player’s club. It is believed that City struck up a bond with Fiorentina last season, when Matija Nastasic and Stefan Savic swapped clubs.

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