No matter what happens in the latest installment of the story that's unfolded between Carlos Tevez and Manchester City, manager Roberto Mancini says he needs reinforcements.
And despite City being renowned in the Barclays Premier League for having perhaps the most competition for places of any club, Mancini says he is looking to strengthen with two or three additions.
Mancini hopes to get his business done in the next fortnight so he can have his squad finalised before City's date with Manchester United in the Community Shield on August 7.
"I think it is really difficult to buy any players because all the good teams want these players," he said. "But I hope that before the game against United we can have all these players.
"We have two, three targets but it depends. We need to improve because we are at the moment a few players short for competition and we need to have other players."
These targets, believed to include Sergio Aguero and possibly Daniele De Rossi, will be coming in regardless of what happens with City captain Carlos Tevez.
The 27-year-old Argentine has requested a transfer from City to accommodate his family. A return to Brazilian side Corinthians fell through at the final moment and now rumours have emerged that he could be moving to Inter Milan.
However, Mancini seems content with Tevez regardless of whether he stays or goes.
"At the moment Carlos is still a City player, like yesterday, like three days ago," Mancini continued. "In the future we will see what can happen. But for us Carlos is an important player.
"Carlos wants to leave, wants to come back to Argentina or maybe another country for his family. It is only because of this I think that the club accept to sell Carlos, because I think that we respect his reasons."
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