As buying season heats up, Manchester City have announced they hope to bring in a new striker by the end of July.
News of the Citizens intent to buy came straight from manager Manuel Pellegrini following his side’s 2-0 loss to South Africa’s SuperSport United.
“We are aware that we need two or three more players,” Pellegrini said. “I said before we came to South Africa that we need two players for each position and that’s what we are looking for and I’m sure we will get them.”
The most pressing need for City is up top, where Pellegrini said “[it’s] difficult to say exactly which day but before the end of the month we will have a new attacker.”
City has had its strike ranks reduced in half since the beginning of last season. After selling Mario Balotelli to AC Milan for $28.7 million (£19m) in last January’s transfer window, the Sky Blues shipped off Carlos Tevez to Juventus for the cut-rate fee of $15.1 million (£10m) in late June.
The Citizens had been hot on the trail of Napoli striker Edinson Cavani before the goal-scorer snubbed a move to the Premier League in favor of a $83 million (£55m) transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.
With Cavani out of the picture, City has reportedly turned its attention to Sevilla’s Alvaro Negredo and Fiorentina’s Stevan Jovetic. In fact, if The Sun is to be believed, City may move for both forwards in a $60 million (£40m) swoop.
Jovetic is a versatile attacked who can play striker, in the hole, or either flank. The 23 year old is known as a pacy player with masterful technique, dribbling ability, vision and passing to complement his knack for finding the back of the net. At just over 6 feet tall, he is well-sized for the Premier League and possesses great toughness, a result of his upbringing at Partizan Belgrade.
Negredo is even more physically imposing than Jovetic. An out-and-out center forward, the acquisition of the Spaniard could signal the end of Eden Dzeko’s time at the Etihad. Accompanying Negredo’s size and strength are a flair for the dramatic and an underrated set of foot-skills that can surprise defenders.