Mario Balotelli was undoubtedly a character during his time in Manchester, but his performances on the pitch didn’t live up to his reputation and so in the end Roberto Mancini was happy to allow him to leave.
A return to Italy was inevitable and scoring twice on his debut, including a last minute winner against Udinese wasn’t a bad way to start a new career but where does it leave City in regards to striking options for the remainder of the season?
Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero have both failed to hit the heights they did last season and Edin Dzeko is as frustrating as they come.
It seems that a striker will be at the top of Mancini’s wish list this summer and with the huge financial backing continuing to progress at the Premier League champions, the Italian has a very large pool in which to choose from.
Messing up the Champions League group stages and falling adrift of rivals Manchester United in the title race, should City have made some last minute bids in the January window to bring that world class striker to the Etihad? I think they should have and these are the five players they should have gone for.
Click on the Etihad Stadium to reveal the top five strikers Manchester City could and perhaps should have signed to replace Balotelli in January.
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