Just this week, Argentina defender Guillermo Burdisso claimed both Manchester clubs want him (he’s since been spotted laying seductively on his bed, caressing his nipple, beckoning the whole of Manchester over with a sultry finger; ‘you want me don’t you, you minx, you want me’).
Well, they probably don’t, or do, I don’t know, but it’s symptomatic of the speculation. So let’s filter through the names and focus on what Man City actually need, want and may well get.
I’ve already blabbed on about Yaya Toure (click here if you want) so we’ll ignore him for now, yeah? Cheers. Instead we’ll focus on another name mentioned of late; flavour of the moment Mesut Ozil. Indeed, Ozil has been attracting a lot of attention following an impressive start to the World Cup, and Man City are reportedly one of the many clubs displaying interest. This will come as no surprise to many. He’s been consistently tipped for stardom and has demonstrated sparkling club form, which is why Europe’s elite have been tracking the German for a while.
Starting his career with Schalke, he was established in their first-team by the age of 17, before moving to Werder Bremen for around €4.3million in 2008. He’s since become a key creator and attacking threat for Bremen, scoring 11 goals in all competitions last season. A tricky playmaker, composed on the ball and possessing an incisive edge, he is a forward threat of youth and flair and City would certainly benefit from his arrival. He could become the dynamic thrust of a new era, potentially prospering in an attacking midfield role (as Ireland once did), and he looks to have a vivid future.
The third generation Turk is now a chief creative source for Germany – an impressive achievement at only 21-years-old – and was also instrumental for U21 national side during last summers 4-0 European Championship final victory against England. If he continues to blossom throughout this tournament, Werder Bremen will look to squeeze as much as possible out of any potential deal, particularly when gawping at the Manchester money men. City will not want to be held to ransom, but he would be an astute purchase.
The other area which would have been highlighted is right-back. Though it may not be the sexiest prospect, especially when names like Torres are being bandied about, it is a position which undoubtedly needs strengthening. Well it did, anyway. But Mancini’s shrewd signing of German defender Jerome Boateng has gone some way to alleviate this. A versatile player, Boateng can play across the defence and certainly fill-in at full-back.
Nevertheless the marauding Maicon would be another excellent addition. Strong, fast, fierce in the tackle, talented going forward and dynamic on the ball, Mancini is thought to be a keen admirer of the Brazilian right-back. But, for now, Boateng will do. So give Mr. Mancini a tap on the back: a 21-year-old German, with promise and aptitude, featuring in the World Cup… sounds familiar…get him to whisper sweet nothings in Ozil’s ear and you could complete the collection…
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