According to Tuttomercato, Man City have been given €60million to spend in the January transfer window, that’s roughly £51million.
Now, after months of speculation, were nearly at the Jan window and I personally can’t wait to see what walks through the door at Eastlands. Nevertheless, here is my top three transfer targets for Mr. Mancini come the new year.
1. Edin Dzeko
Well it’s got to be hasn’t it? The script has been written!
Dzeko’s Wolfsburg are in trouble under new gaffer, Steve McClaren. They languish 13th in the table and have had a significant fall from grace since they won the league in 2009. Last season, they only managed 8th as Bayern picked up top honours and now it looks as if they are set to finish mid-table once again.
The Bosnian striker will not want to sit at a club that looks to be a sinking ship, he has since written to City officials and thanked them for their efforts to sign him during the summer window and I believe City will certainly have another go in Jan.
In the summer, Wolfsburg’s obscene £45million asking price for the striker halted any negotiations as the Manchester club did not think his valuation should have been much over £30million. Since, however, Wolfsburg’s sporting director has claimed that the Bosnian’s price is a ‘mere’ €40million (£33.75million).
Unfortunately for City, Dzeko’s contract at the Volkswagen Arena does not expire until 2013 giving Mancini a long wait for a price reduction. Wolfsburg will fight to keep their star, but I have a feeling that they will be worn down into accepting a lowered bid, £33million.
2. Dani Alves
Looks set to leave Barca. He keeps refusing to renew his contract at the Nou Camp and with his current deal expiring in summer 2012, this will be the last transfer window that the Catalonians can get a decent price for him.
He’s valued somewhere around the £30million mark, but given his recent lack of loyalty and his exceptional wage demands (around 110k p/w minimum) he may be allowed to go in a cut price deal at around £25-27.5million.
To be able to definitely have the funds spare to splash out on Alves, Mancini may need to shift some dead wood at City with the unsettled Wayne Bridge and Joleon Lescott the most likely candidates to walk out of the door. Sales from the pair could raise up to £20million more for Mancini’s revolution, but it is more likely that club’s will approach City with a view to loan the pair.
3. Yann M’Vila
Because if Mancini doesn’t buy him, he’s an idiot.
M’Vila has broken into the French International team at 20 years old, he’s 6ft, strong, technical and available for around £15million.
The Rennes defensive midfielder has often been compared to Patrick Vieira and is widely tipped to become one of the best in the world. If City don’t buy him now, they may be forced to have to pay an outstanding transfer fee in the future should he be successful at another club.
However, M’Vila has stressed the importance of ensuring first team football wherever he moves, but he has also stated his love of the Premier League and his belief that it suits his style of play.
£15million is chump change for a player of this guy’s potential. Though, expect Chelsea and Man Utd to be sticking their oar in.
So, there you go, that could be the trio to make the difference. Well, City fans will hope.
I personally think buying Dani Alves wouldn’t be the best decision for the good of the team, the last thing you need at city is yet another mercenary looking to make a quick buck before moving to Qatar or whatever. But the reason it is in there is because it wouldn’t surprise me. It’s a big name, the sort that will sell shirts, tickets and encourage people to watch the games on TV, a very sell-able asset.
Dzeko might not sell as many shirts, but he will certainly start banging in the goals and M’Vila is a big one for the future, a perfect trio for a club like City. Who knows what the January window will bring, but what say you City fans? How would you like that stocking to be filled this Christmas?
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