Man City Transfer Focus – Pellegrini busy ahead of South Africa tour

Manchester City are still looking to boost their attacking options before the start of the Premier League season. However new boss Manuel Pellegrini will be hoping to put some deals in motion before his side jet off to South Africa for his first games in charge on Wednesday.

Sky Sports are reporting that the Chilean is taking a strong squad on tour including new signing Fernandinho. However David Silva and another new man, Jesus Navas, will not be touring after being granted extended leave following their Confederations Cup experience with Spain in Brazil.

One striker City look to have missed out on though is Borussia Dortmund’s Polish hit man Robert Lewandowski. The Daily Mirror are reporting that Dortmund’s Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich are now firmly placed to snap up the striker on a free next year. Lewandowski’s contract runs out next year and Bayern Chief Executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has said that he is willing to wait to nab his man on the cheap.

It seems to have been a frustrating week for those at the Etihad Stadium, as it now looks likely that Pellegrini has given up on his defensive target Pepe. According to reports on the City website the new boss was said to have been an admirer of the Portuguese international; however new Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has refused to sanction the move.

Other reports are stating Madrid’s refusal to release Pepe has offered Joleon Lescott a glimmer of hope at the Etihad this summer, as he was looking like a possible departure. One reason why 30-year-old Lescott will be hoping to stay at Eastlands this season is because of his desire for Premier League starts ahead of 2014 World Cup.

While it looks as though City have missed out on striking option in Lewandowski, one man who looks to be edging closer to a Sky Blues move is Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic. The Montenegrin front man looks set to leave La Viola after the Serie A club clinched a deal to bring in Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez.

Another striker who looks to be creeping closer to a move to the Etihad is Sevilla’s Alvaro Negredo, though Pablo Osvaldo looks like he will not be coming to Manchester, despite reports suggesting that the Roma man was nearing a deal. But one man who looks to have sealed his passage out of Manchester is Gareth Barry.

Barry has been rumoured as a City departure all summer and it looks as though Arsene Wenger wants the Englishman to sure up his midfield. The Sun are reporting that the 32-year-old will cost around £4m, with Arsenal set to offer him a one-year deal worth around £75,000-a-week with a view to a one-year extension should he be a success.

Elsewhere various sources are reporting that Leeds, Millwall, Wigan and Doncaster are all competing for the signature of City’s versatile defender Reece Wabara. The former England Under 20’s man has entered the final year of his contract and it is said that Leeds are best placed to snap up the youngster.

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