Pellegrini planning another summer of spending
The suspicion remains that Manuel Pellegrini will lose his job at Manchester City this summer, but the Chilean tactician appears to be preparing for a summer of spending in the transfer market.
City have slipped to fourth place in the Premier League as their hopes of defending the Premier League title they won last season has faded in recent months, with their latest Champions League flop doing little to help Pellegrini's job prospects.
While UEFA's Financial Fair Play regulations may restrict their ambitions to spend big in the transfer market next summer, Pellegrini is already eying up a marquee signing as he looks to present a case for him to remain in his post for another season.
"Well, it is just the way of thinking, that big teams need to sign a big player," said Pellegrini. "It is very difficult to do it every year - but every two years you must do it.
"I'm not just talking about Manchester City. You see Real Madrid, Manchester United, Chelsea, Barcelona and Bayern Munich - all the big clubs - they all do it. It is important to have big names."
Given the general disappointments of last summer's principle signings - Fernando, Bacary Sagna and Eliaquim Mangala - Pellegrini's words could be perceived as a plea for more cash.
Yet when pushed further, Pellegrini would not say whether a spending spree might be sanctioned, with any plans he has likely to be dictated by the club's decision over his own future at City.
He said: "I don't want to talk about (plans) for next season because we have to finish this season.
"It is very important the way we finish this season before we analyse all the players. So it is not the right moment to talk about it."
Meanwhile, fresh reports in Spain suggest Real Madrid are preparing a move to sign City striker Sergio Aguero this summer, while midfield general Yaya Toure continues to be linked with a transfer to Inter Milan.