Roberto Mancini is already lining up his January wish-list; at the top of which sits AC Milan star Alexandre Pato. Despite spending over £100million over the summer, the City manager has already referred to the need for “two or three players” if the club are to compete with United, Chelsea and Arsenal for title.
Internally, City have already begun to discuss potential targets for the January transfer window, and the names of Wolfsburg’s Edin Dzeko and Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema are also in the mix. City were heavily linked with Dzeko over the summer, but with Wolfsburg holding out for their £50million valuation of the striker, a move never materialised. Real Madrid have already made moves to deter clubs from chasing Benzema this winter, despite the Frenchman reportedly clashing with new manager Jose Mourinho.
As City’s squad goes from strength to strength, it’s looking as though they’re going to have to employ a revolving-door policy with their players: as Shay Given, Emmanuel Adebayor and Roque Santa Cruz are already eyeing up moves away from the club when the transfer window opens, despite the fact that they all signed in the last two years.
City may also look for a forward-thinking midfielder, with Inter Milan’s Wesley Sneijder and Palermo’s Javier Pastore potentially on the agenda.
It’s hard to see how Mancini intends to build this team. At the moment, certainly, he seems to be simply pointing out players he likes the look of for City to buy. At least he won’t be bringing in any more holding midfielders … will he?
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