Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is calling upon the club’s hierarchy to sanction new signings.
This transfer window has already seen rivals Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool spend large sums of money on new acquisitions for their playing squads.
Over the past few summers, football fans have been used to seeing City splash the cash − including £24million for Samir Nasri and £38million for Sergio Agüero last year − but the Blues are yet to spend big so far this time around.
Mancini, at a press conference in Beijing on City’s pre-season tour, said: “It is important [to bring new players in] because, after what we did last year, we must continue to win.
“This year will be harder than last, so we need to improve our team and we have a man who works for this [football director, Brian Marwood] and we hope that they can do a good job."
Chief among reported new signings is Arsenal striker, Robin Van Persie, who recently announced he will not be signing and new contract with the Gunners and who City are ironically playing a pre-season friendly against today.
City are rumoured to be interested in signing the prolific Dutchman, along with United and Italian side Juventus, but Mancini is uncertain if the move will go ahead due to the Blue’s current plethora of options in the striking department.
Mancini said: “Van Persie is a top player. [But] it is difficult to say at this moment because he is an Arsenal player and he is not our player.
“We know that Van Persie is a fantastic striker, but we have four strikers [Agüero, Carlos Tevez, Mario Balotelli and Edin Džeko] and with these strikers we won the Championship last year.”
Van Persie enjoyed the best year of his career last season for Arsenal, scoring 37 goals in 48 appearances.
Should the Arsenal captain sign for City, he would become the fifth Gunners’ player to move to the Premier League champions in recent years, after Kolo Toure, Emmanuel Adebayor, Gaël Clichy and Nasri all relocated from North London to Manchester.