Manchester City will look to sign a central defender, the
City also allowed Kolo Toure to leave the club over the summer, the experienced Ivory Coast international signing on a free transfer for Liverpool, and while Joleon Lescott will be given the chance to resume his central defensive partnership with Vincent Kompany, Pellegrini was already keen to add a new face in the area. Nastasic’s injury has made the desire stronger, the newspaper claims.
Pellegrini already has four new arrivals in the squad – Fernandinho, the Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder, Sevilla pair Jesus Navas and Alvaro Negredo, and Fiorentina forward Stevan Jovetic – adding a fifth, such as Pepe, would push City’s summer spending past the £100m mark.
Nastasic joined City a year ago, signing for the then-Premier League champions from Fiorentina. The 20-year-old is a Serbia international with nine caps to his name and made 30 appearances for City last season. He injured his ankle in a pre-season friendly against Sunderland in Hong Kong.
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