Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has confessed that he will look into signing a new striker next month with Sergio Aguero out injured and Alvaro Negredo on loan at Valencia.
The Sky Blues now have only Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic to call on as experienced front-men, with their Argentine star set to miss eight weeks with knee ligament damage.
The former Atletico Madrid star limped off against Everton last weekend, and even though City cut Chelsea’s lead at the top of the Premier League by three points – the Blues lost at Newcastle hours before – many have suggested that without Aguero they will struggle to keep pace.
Negredo joined Valencia on loan over the summer, and there has been speculation that ‘The Beast’ may be re-called, yet his switch is rumoured t have been based on an inability to settle in England, with a permanent transfer expected next year.
Pellegrini says that getting in another marksman is his desire, with getting his Spaniard back from La Liga not a real option:
“I never close any window about anything we can do to give us an advantage,” he is quoted by The Guardian.
“If all the teams can do it, we can do it also. If we are thinking about that – at this moment we’re not – we will analyse in the moment what we are going to do.
“You remember, when Álvaro was sold in August, I said there were a lot of reasons why we made that decision. Álvaro couldn’t play until the middle of November because he was injured, so it was just one and a half months, and then in January we will see if we need to replace him or not.
“Now we are in that moment we are going to make the best decision for the club.”