Man City manager Roberto Mancini has directed his frustration at football administrator Brian Marwood for the Premier League champions’ slow progress in the transfer market. The Italian boss is desperate to retain the Premier League title next season and is unimpressed with Marwood’s work on squad improvements.
The City boss is furious at his club’s low success rate in the transfer market after other top English clubs including United, Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea have made quite a few big name signings this summer. UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules are playing a disruptive role in City’s transfer plans who have the cash to splurge but already have several unwanted players on their books including Roque Santa Cruz and Emmanuel Adebayor.
Mancini has repeatedly voiced his admiration for Arsenal’s wantaway star Robin van Persie but talks have progressed rather slowly and city rivals Man United have begun to appear as the more likely candidates for the Dutchman’s signature this summer.
Mancini said before the pre-season friendly showdown against Arsenal in Beijing, “It is important [to get players quickly] because, after what we did last year, we must continue to win. We have a man who works for this and we hope he can do a good job.”
City will have to shed their excess baggage if they wish to bolster their squad sufficiently this summer. Mancini is keen on adding some new names and a host of departures will have to precede any new signings that the Italian manager wishes to make.