As news of Carlos Tevez' imminent departure for Juventus materialises, Christian Crowther discusses the ramifications...
"If Pellegrini wants to wrestle the title back from United in his debut season then he needs a world class striker, if not two, for definite."
It's destination Turin for City's much-troubled striker Carlos Tevez who has finally secured his long-desired move away from Man City.
Reports suggest that 29-year-old Tevez will put pen to paper on a three-year-deal at Juventus, costing the Italian champions an initial £10 million, rising to £12m with add-ons.
The deal will call time on a tumultuous spell at the Etihad which witnessed the striker claim a Premier League and FA Cup winners' medal despite going AWOL for most of City's title-winning campaign.
Nevertheless, at this price you'd have to say that Juve have picked up an absolute bargain given Tevez' goal-scoring pedigree.
During his time in English football Tevez averaged nearly a goal every two games in spells at West Ham, Man United and latterly City.
This does beg the question of why no other Premier League clubs were prepared to make bids for the Argentine knowing he could be available for that kind of money.
For Juventus, Tevez' arrival represents their second big signing of the summer in the forward department as he follows Fernando Llorente who has already joined on a free form
This can only bolster the Serie A title holders' 1.814/5 rated chances of retaining their Italian crown and can only increase hopes of winning Europe's premier competition next year.
Last season's Champions League quarter-finalists Juve are currently available at 19.5 for continental glory this season.
Manuel Pellegrini clearly did not have designs for Tevez, but his departure certainly leaves a notable void to fill, especially as Mario Balotelli has also departed form City's title-winning quartet of front men.
Despite his trouble-making tendencies and apparent lack of language skills, scoring 58 goals in 107 appearances for the Citizens makes Tevez a tangible loss.
If Pellegrini wants to wrestle the title back from United in his debut season then he needs a world class striker, if not two, for definite.
Although City are among a string of clubs chasing Napoli striker Edinson Cavani, Pellegrini should now demand that the owners meet the £53 million get-out clause.
City are currently available at 3.3512/5 to win the Premier League next season.