Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has dropped his biggest hint yet that he is still on the lookout for further reinforcements this transfer window.
Pellegrini watched his new side go down 3-1 to Arsenal in their final pre-season match, and the Chilean tactician has a number of question marks surrounding his defence, having tried various combinations in the build-up to the 2013/14 Premier League season.
Pellegrini has watched the Citizens ship 12 goals in seven games since he succeeded Roberto Mancini as manager, and he has suggested that he may be forced to sign a new defender to put an end to City's defensive woes.
With Matija Nastasic ruled out for a minimum of four weeks, Pellegrini's hand may be forced, despite the fact that City have already spent upwards of £90 million this transfer window.
"We had problems defending and we will try to improve this week," said the Chilean following City's defeat in Helsinki, Finland.
Real Madrid's Portuguese defender Pepe has been linked with a move to the Etihad Stadium, but Pellegrini was giving little away with regards to potential targets.
"If we buy someone, then OK. But, otherwise, we have a good squad. But, yes, we have conceded many goals, we will have to find ways to change this.
"You are always concerned when you are 3-0 down but we lost in pre-season.
"We did not lose three points and that is important. We will be at our best for the Premier League."