Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has told El Mercurio that his club need to spend big this summer to narrow the gap to Europe’s elite. The club is keen to add more quality as they have found success domestically but failed miserably in Europe.
Club chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said earlier this month that the club are planning to invest more on the players as UEFA announced that the club will not be restricted to net spending.
The Citizens are looking to lure Liverpool contract rebel Raheem Sterling with a ₤50 million bid as well as targeted a striker either Benzema or Higuain and reports also suggest they are keen to sign young sensation Paul Pogba.
Pelligrini insists that the club needs to invest big after their loss to Barcelona in knock-out stages last season in Champions League as the quality of the sides is clearly known on the pitch.
He said, “We need to improve the squad, because the club wants to keep progressing year after year, and not for the lack of trophies. The teams always want new faces and City must make a jump in quality. It was shown against Barcelona.
“But I am at a club which keeps growing, because it has the financial power to do that. There is still a very big distance to the best clubs in Europe, and we are trying to narrow that, on the pitch and in the offices.
“For next season, I aspire to win, to play well, to be liked, as there are different ways to win. I like to win playing well.”
City are restricted on their spendings after they were punished by UEFA for breaching FFP regulations and Pelligrini said: “When you most need to reinforce is when you are champions — some renewal is important — but when as a coach you try and give footballing explanations, people believe they are personal excuses.
“I have no excuses to give, as I am the first who is unhappy with the season.”
Manchester City are keen to challenge for trophies next season after going trophyless last season and the club is eager to add world-class players to their roster this summer.