EPL Insider: Pellegrini dealt January transfer blow
The Manchester City boss will be told his job is safe by the club’s owners but will not be able to strengthen his squad significantly after a slow start to the season
PELLEGRINI DEALT TRANSFER BLOW
Manuel Pellegrini will be given limited transfer funds by the club’s owners in January.
Pellegrini will be told in a meeting next week that the owners still have faith in his ability to work with technical director Txiki Begiristain.
But the Chilean will also be told there will be little cash to spend because primary transfer targets, Marco Reus and Ross Barkley, are not for sale in January.
City have already explored the possibility of signing both players and are aware of the availability of the majority of their targets.
Pellegrini is hoping City will be able to keep hold of Frank Lampard, on loan from New York City FC, at the club until mid-March ahead of the new MLS season.
The Premier League champions are also weighing up a January move for Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez, but are keeping tabs on his progress after a cruciate ligament injury.
Pellegrini is seen by the Abu Dhabi Group as having the character to keep his head and have acknowledged how much last summer’s World Cup has also impacted on his squad and pre-season preparations.
John Guidetti could be offered a shock new deal to stay at Manchester City.
The Academy graduate, 22, is out of contract in the summer and Celtic, who have taken the Sweden international on loan, are keen to make his stay at Parkhead permanent.
Guidetti has impressed in the Scottish Premiership and was voted the Scottish Player of the Month for October after scoring nine goals in nine games last week.
City are demanding around €3.8 million from Celtic to agree a deal in January and prevent another club signing the striker on a Bosman.
But the Premier League champions are also weighing up an offer of a new contract for the forward.
Guidetti earns around €28,000 per week and the Blues are prepared to double that figure if the player makes it clear he would like to commit.
City feel Guidetti’s true value is closer to €9m and Celtic will not be able to match the wages City can offer.
Signing Guidetti to a new contract would allow City to either give the striker a first team opportunity, or cash in on the 22-year-old at a later date.
A host of Premier League clubs have registered an interest in Inter’s Uruguay star Alvaro Pereira, Goal understands.
The left-back – who can also play in midfield – attracted interest from English clubs during the January transfer window before he joined Brazilian giants Sao Paulo in an 18-month loan deal.
Pereira has been one of the stars of South American football since returning to the continent, but now Inter are ready to recall the 28-year-old with a view to selling the defender.
Clubs in Serie A, as well as sides from Spain and Germany, are also keen on Pereira, but a source close to the player has told Goal that he would love the chance to play in the Premier League and a January move back to Europe is now firmly on the cards.
“Alvaro has been in sensational form, and that has not gone unnoticed in Europe and at 28 he still has so much to offer,” the source told Goal.
“He knows about the clubs interested and has made it clear at this stage that England would be his first choice.”
Inter have told interested parties that they are not interested in loaning out the former Porto man again and would only entertain serious bids for the defender.
– By Graeme Bailey