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Manuel Pellegrini has vowed that Manchester City will show ambition in the summer transfer market as they aim to retain their Premier League title and enjoy some Champions League success next season.
The City boss will only be permitted to spend £49million in the window after the club were punished for breaching UEFA’s financial fair play regulations.
It means Pellegrini will not be able to emulate his spending spree of 12 months ago as he splashed out £90million to help create a side that was subsequently able to win the Premier League.
Therefore the Chilean has accepted that he faces some hard work to ensure he can bring in any top targets to improve the squad, while staying within his spending budget.
Pellegrini told City TV: “We are going to see which is the best way to improve. I think one of the most important things for me is to have an ambitious mind.
“It is very important to win the title but these two titles will not be useful the next year.
“We must analyse all the good things we did, all the bad things, where we must improve, which is the best way to do it. We have a lot of work (to do).”
City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has already pledged that any transfer activity this summer would be swift and decisive.
Roma’s £30million-rated centre-back Mehdi Benatia, a £16million bid for Porto’s Brazilian defensive midfielder Fernando and Arsenal full-back Bacary Sagna, who is available on a Bosman free transfer, are reportedly City’s main transfer targets.