Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini seems a very calm and relaxed person, but there is no doubt that he will soon come under increasing pressure from his chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak to invest very wisely in the upcoming transfer window.
The chairman stated recently that he wanted a side capable of competing for both the Premier League and the Champions League, and Pellegrini is the man charged with creating such a squad.
That is easier said than done these days. Chelsea are seemingly streets ahead of any club in England at the moment as far as quality and strength in depth on the playing front is concerned, and there seems no way at the moment, that any team from England can compete with the Spanish giants from Madrid and Barcelona.
There is also the very real problem of City needing to recruit English players as they are now left with only one English player (Joe Hart) in their squad, with the recent departures of Frank Lampard and James Milner.
A serious problem which Pellegrini needs to rectify and one which will require all of City's financial muscle as buying quality English players does not come cheap as they have already found out to their detriment. They offered Liverpool £25 million plus add-ons for Raheem Sterling and were not even given the time of day.
They will need to put at least another £15m on the table before Liverpool even consider the offer, and that is for just the one player. City will need to add at least three quality English players to their squad and that will not come cheap, because when City come calling you can be sure that the value of any young English player will increase almost instantly.
Added to the need for quality home-grown talent City will also need two or three more additions to their squad as the likes of Edin Dzeko, Eliaquim Mangala, Bacary Sagna, Fernando, Fernandinho, Jesus Navas and Stevan Jovetic haven't really come up to scratch and a number of them are rumoured to be moving on and will need to be replaced.
With City having finished the 2014/15 season trophy-less, Pellegrini needs to buy and buy big to prove to his chairman that he is the manager to take City to another level. The upcoming transfer window will almost certainly determine whether or not Pellegrini is still in charge at the Etihad Stadium at Christmas.
City fans, do you think he will still have a job in England come next summer? Let us know in the comments box below.
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