Manchester City summer spending spree to continue

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini plans to sign more players before the start of the 2013/14 Premier League campaign.

The Chilean, who replaced Roberto Mancini in June, has already helped City spend £90m this summer on the acquisitions of Fernandinho, Jesus Navas, Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic.

However, Pellegrini is determined to bolster his squad further before the team's first match of the season against Newcastle United on August 19.

"The club has spent money on important players, like Stevan and Negredo," he told the Daily Star. "But we must remind you that last year here there was [Mario] Balotelli and [Carlos] Tevez, so we had to replace two very good players with another two very good players.

"So, we have the whole month of July and some days of August to finish completely the squad.

"It's not absolutely complete but it's very near to being complete."

City have been strongly linked with a £20m move for Real Madrid defender Pepe, but Pellegrini refused to confirm whether the Portugal international is on the club's summer wish-list.

He added: "I'm not talking about specific names because it's not better for us, so I don't talk about Pepe or any other names."

After claiming that Manchester City have the most lethal strike-force in the Premier League - and with four proven strikers already at the club - it appears unlikely that Pellegrini will attempt to bring in any more forwards.

The former Real Madrid and Malaga coach will hope to land his hands on the Barclays Asia Trophy this Sunday, when his Manchester City side take on fellow Premier League outfit Sunderland in the final of the pre-season tournament.

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