Manuel Pellegrini has not given up hope of bringing defensive reinforcements to Manchester City before the close of the transfer window, the
City have spent around £90m this summer but all of their efforts have gone on bolstering the midfield and attack, with the signing of central midfielder Fernandinho from Shakhtar Donetsk, Sevilla winger Jesus Navas, his teammate, striker Alvaro Negredo and Fiorentina forward Stevan Jovetic.
But having seen City concede eight goals in their last three friendlies, Pellegrini is eager to add to his options in defence – and had identified Real Madrid’s Pepe as the player he wanted, only for the Spanish club to refuse to sell the burly Portugal international.
Pellegrini has instead drawn up a new list of potential signings, including Napoli’s Paolo Cannavaro, who is not thought to be one of the Chilean’s preferred options, and Schalke’s Greece international Kyriakos Papadopoulos, who has also been scouted by Liverpool.
The manager’s existing options have been limited by the departure of Kolo Toure, whose contract expired at the end of the season, leaving him free to join Liverpool, and an injury to Matija Nastasic. Nastasic is expected to miss at least another month with the ankle problem, leaving Pellegrini with only Vincent Kompany and Joleon Lescott as established choices in the first team.
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