Manuel Pellegrini has only been manager of Manchester City since June 2, but he has already left a considerable dent in the Arab owner’s bank accounts.
So far he has spent up to £90 million on midfielders Fernandinho and Jesus Navas, as well as strikers Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic.
The Citizens have clearly realised the error of their ways last season when they failed to strengthen after winning the league.
They watched their Manchester rivals bring in Robin van Persie, whose goals helped guide Sir Alex Ferguson's men to a comfortable 20th league title, leaving Manchester City stuck in their tracks.
Pellegrini seems to have a no-nonsense attitude that appeared to be lacking at times with Roberto Mancini last season.
The ‘Engineer’ has come in and sold want-away striker Carlos Tevez and replaced him with not only one, but two new forwards to give City arguably the best strike force in the Premier League right now.
While Manchester City had the best defence in the Premier League last season - only conceding 34 goals - signs were showing in the Champions League that they weren’t tight enough at the back to be a real threat in Europe.
With Kolo Toure leaving for Liverpool and Matija Nastasic picking up an injury in pre-season, they’re left with only two out-and-out centre-backs in Vincent Kompany and Joleon Lescott.
Here are four options that Pellegrini might want to have a look at to tighten City’s bolts at the back.
Leonardo Bonucci – Juventus
Bonucci has been a revelation since joining the Turin side from Bari in 2010.
The 26-year-old is a beast in the air and excellent at man-marking.
On top of his all-around defensive qualities he is also well equipped on the ball, making him one of the crop known as a ‘modern-day centre-back’.
Juventus won’t want to sell him as with Giogio Chiellini, he forms one of the most formidable defensive partnerships in football.
But with City’s millions it’s hard to say no sometimes.
Ezequiel Garay – Benfica
Garay didn’t have the best start to European football at Real Madrid, but since he moved to Portugal he has shaped himself into one of the best defenders around at the minute.
The Argentine defender has improved ten-fold since his move to Benfica two years ago, earning himself a regular place in the national side.
He’s 26 now, so he’s the perfect age for Pellegrini to sign him and give him a chance to further his game even more by playing alongside Kompany.
Previously this summer, Garay has been linked with a move to the Red half of Manchester so wouldn’t it be a sneaky deal for City to snap him up instead?
Neven Subotic – Borussia Dortmund
The Serbian centre-back has, with Matt Hummels, formed one of the most formidable defensive partnerships in Europe.
These two men have played a massive part in the Dortmund’s progress in the Bundesliga and in the Champions League in the past couple of seasons.
Subotic hasn’t been blessed with blistering pace or great ball control, but he makes up for what he loses here with superb ability in the air and his tenacious ability to never shy out of a tackle.
With this in mind he seems to be a perfect partner for Kompany.
Dortmund have already lost Mario Gotze and are likely to lose Robert Lewandowski at some point too, so it may take a lot to prize Subotic away. But that’s no problem for money-bags Manchester City.
Laurent Koscielny – Arsenal
This one brings us a bit closer to home with him already being in the Premier League.
The Frenchman has been part of the most error-prone Arsenal defence in a long time, but has still managed to have his own personal performance praised.
He was relatively unknown and somewhat shaky at the beginning of his Arsenal career, but has since then developed into one of the best all-round defenders in the league.
Unlike the rest on this list, Koscielny has proven himself in England. But it may be hard to convince Arsene Wenger to sell another one of his prized possessions to Manchester City.
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