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 Posted by PA Sport
Jul 23, 2014

Pellegrini eyes 'one or more' signings

Manuel Pellegrini says he has plenty of time to assess his Manchester City squad after striker Alvaro Negredo was ruled out for up to three months with a broken foot.

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini expects more players to both arrive at and leave the Premier League champions during the summer transfer window as he faces up to three months without striker Alvaro Negredo.

Negredo, 28, had reportedly been considered a candidate to leave to make room in the City squad before suffering a broken metatarsal during last Friday's 2-1 friendly victory over Hearts in Edinburgh.

Speaking at a news conference ahead of the club's match against Sporting Kansas City -- the first of their preseason tour of the U.S.-- Pellegrini said Negredo had undergone surgery on his fifth metatarsal in his right foot.

Key European club fixtures

French Ligue 1 -- Aug. 8
FA Community Shield: Manchester City vs. Arsenal -- Aug. 10
German Super Cup: Borussia Dortmund vs. Bayern Munich -- Aug. 13
English Premier League -- Aug. 16
Spanish Super Cup: Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid -- Aug. 19 and 22
Spanish La Liga/German Bundesliga -- Aug. 23
Italian Serie A -- Aug. 30

"Alvaro had surgery today on his broken foot and he will probably be out for two or three months," he said. "It is a blow for us because Alvaro is a very important member of our squad so obviously we will miss him."

Spain striker Negredo joined City from Sevilla a year ago in a 16 million pound deal and quickly became a fans' favourite after making an immediate impact. He scored an impressive 23 goals in his first 33 games in all competitions, including City's first Champions League hat trick in the 5-2 win over CSKA Moscow.

However, from mid-January onwards he began to struggle after a shoulder injury and in 16 subsequent matches up to the end of the season he failed to score. That put additional pressure on City's other strikers and midfielder Yaya Toure to come up with the goals which secured them a second Premier League title in three years.

Earlier in the summer City manager Manuel Pellegrini was reported to be willing to listen to offers for the striker and Negredo was linked with a move back to Spain to re-join former club Real Madrid for a second time, but his injury setback looks to have ended that prospect.

However, Pellegrini hinted the club have not yet finished in the transfer market, with a move for Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala still expected, while several fringe players could leave.

"I don't think the squad is complete yet but we have six weeks before the transfer window closes," Pellegrini said. "Perhaps there is the option to bring one or more players in or maybe one or two will leave our squad but there is time for us to consider what is best for our team."

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