It has been over two weeks since Roberto Mancini took over as the manager of Manchester City and the list of names that he has been linked with is endless. Mancini is bound to be given money to spend this month and it is likely that he will raid the Serie A to bring talent to Eastlands. But which positions should the Italian be looking to strengthen and which players will be the focus of Mancini’s millions? Here are a few targets that would make a real difference for Man City:
Defence has to be one of Mancini’s main priorities despite City keeping clean sheets in their last three matches. With City’s transfer budget no problem for the Italian, Mancini will look to fill the void left by Kolo Toure’s participation in the African Cup of Nations and Joleon Lescott’s injury. The versatile Ivan Cordoba has been linked with a reunion with Mancini, but Inter have warned City off making a move for the 33 year old Colombian international. Cordoba has reportedly fallen out with Jose Mourinho and it still isn’t out of the question that the defender could be set for a move for the Premier League despite seemingly being tied to Inter having spent over a decade at the Milan club. Mancini’s raid on his former club might not end there either, as Brazilian full back Maicon has also been linked with a move to Eastlands and the 28 year old would be an exciting addition to the City squad.
Two other defenders from Serie A also seem to have caught Mancini’s eye in the form of Leonardo Bonucci and Simon Kjaer. Both are exciting young defenders and have been schooled in the Italian style of defending. Bonucci has been at the heart of Bari’s impressive defensive record this season and the 22 year old was previously given his break at Inter by Mancini. Kjaer has been attracting admirers across Europe and City might have to fight off interest from Manchester rivals United to secure a deal for the £11 million rated starlet. The 20 year old Denmark international currently plays for Palermo and City are likely to be leading the chase for the defender in January. Elsewhere rumours of a bid for Juventus’ Giorgio Chiellini seem to have passed, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the experienced Italian still transferred to City in the coming weeks.
On a more offensive front, there was news today that City have jumped to the front of the queue for the Crystal Palace wonderkid Victor Moses. Due to Palace’s financial difficulties, Moses is almost certain to leave Selhurst Park in January and City will be keen not to miss out on one of the country’s biggest talents. The 19 year old would surely jump at the chance to join a Premiership club, but would Eastlands be the best destination for the youngster? From youthful talent to experienced campaigners, Mancini is the latest Premier League manager to register an interest in bringing Patrick Vieira back to England. The Frenchman has played under Mancini before, and the Inter battler may see a loan move as a perfect opportunity to win his place in France’s World Cup squad, while providing City with steel in the middle of the park.
Finally Manchester City will probably be looking to make a ‘marquee’ signing in January and splash the cash on world star, but who will it be? While it is thought that Mancini will mainly target squad players such as Rubin Kazan full back Cristian Ansaldi, the City owners will once again want to make a lavish statement that signals their intentions. Argentinean star Sergio Aguero is one possibility, and City’s owners will see getting one over Chelsea as a bonus alongside acquiring one of the biggest talents in world football. A move for Benfica’s Angel di Maria isn’t out of the question either as the youngster looks to press his World Cup claims. However, Mancini has continued to state his liking of Mario Balotelli, so maybe another Inter star could be heading to City this month.
Who would you like Man City to target in the coming weeks? Will Mancini’s expected raid of Serie A come to fruition and who will be the focus of Manchester City’s millions in the transfer window?