Common knowledge the 26-year-old is out of contract at the end of this season.
It’s not clear, however, purely from a business point of view, why improved terms hadn’t been offered up to this point, simply to realise cash on a present asset?
A rapidly depreciating asset which could now be put in the first-team shop window for all to see.
City are caught in a ‘stick or twist’ situation.
Pantilimon’s supposed mindset was to walk-off into the sunset, next summer, grabbing a tasty signing-on fee somewhere else.
Pellegrini needs to know where both player and our board are currently at.
The January window is coming and ‘Pants’ is holding all the aces.