Mancini: Next few days are crucial

Following on from the 2-2 draw against Liverpool on Sunday, Roberto Mancini couldn’t hide his frustrations with his team. However, the City boss also seems to have taken issue with the club’s board again, stating that the next few days will shape City’s season and investment in the transfer market must be made if the club are going to taste the same success as last term.

While City have collected four points from their opening two games, there have been times where the team have looked anything but unconvincing and it is clear that Mancini needs to freshen things up if the Blues are going to build on last season. There have been intense rumours throughout the summer suggesting that the manager is deeply unhappy with the transfer policy at the Etihad Stadium and following this latest result, he has moved to pressure the City board again.

Speaking immediately after the Liverpool game, the Italian also moved to state that contrary to intense speculation, Reds defender Daniel Agger was never actually a target. He said, “Yes. We have our targets and we will go for them in the next five days. How many? Ten, 15? Agger was never our target. Sinclair, maybe. We have five days.”

City are almost certain to confirm the signing of Sinclair, with the Swansea winger reportedly set to join for a fee thought to be in the region of £6.2m. However, most people believe that the club need to add to that acquisition if they are to challenge for top honours this term. While Sinclair may have been one of the top performers for the Swans last campaign, it is doubtful whether he would have the same effect on a club who are looking to become one of the best in Europe. The fact that City managed to keep the signing of Jack Rodwell under wraps for such a long time should hopefully ease supporter fears though, with reports currently linking the club to few players.

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