The deal to bring Manuel Pellegrini to City as the club’s next manager has been delayed due to a contract dispute with his current side Malaga. Pellegrini hasn’t been paid for the last two months, with the cash-strapped Spanish side – banned from European competition next season – seemingly digging their heels in over the payment.
City wanted to make the announcement sooner, but reports suggest the club are unconcerned by the delay, and that transfer activity will continue regardless as the club prepares to try and compete for the title once again.
Pellegrini has already verbally agreed a contract with City worth £3.4m per year, with Isco, the brilliant Spanish playmaker, expected to join him in making the move from Malaga to Manchester. City fans will be hoping both deals can be rubber-stamped soon so that attention can turn to the coming season.
There is talk that Gareth Barry will be a player allowed to leave should Pellegrini take charge, with the 32-year-old now entering the final 12 months of his deal. While City fans appreciate everything he brings to the side, such as his neat and tidy passing, and intelligent positional sense; those outside the Etihad see him as a lumbering passenger, unable to influence the game to any real degree.
The truth his he has been excellent since joining City from Villa. At £12m he represents one of our best pound-for-pound signings of the Mansour era, and if he does leave he will always be remembered fondly. Last season, he was still one of our better performers, yet there was a decline in his form of the previous season when he was absolutely superb. As he enters the final stages of his career, it wouldn’t be the biggest surprise if Pellegrini deems his surplus to requirements, especially give then Fernandinho signing. Stoke and Spurs have been mentioned as possible suitors.
written by Rob Pollard