Man City boss Roberto Mancini threw his toys out of the pram during the last transfer window as he was frustrated with the lack of urgency when it came to splashing the cash on new players this summer.
This led to a deadline day deluge of transfers that had a slight whiff of desperation after Mancini had missed out on some
of his prime targets already.
However, this January Mancini is ready and waiting with a cheque book as he is looking to break the bank to bring in midfielders
Daniele De Rossi and Sergio Busquets to defend City’s Premier League crown
Clearly Mancini feels the holding midfield positions in his team need bolstering with the departure of Nigel de Jong and the teams
worryingly leaky defence.
The City boss already has Javi Garcia, Jack Rodwell, Gareth Barry and Yaya Toure at his disposal, however the signing of Busquets, De Rossi or both would definitely improve the champions chances of retaining their title.
Garcia and Rodwell haven’t been quite up to scratch yet in a City shirt so Mancini is looking for proven professionals who can really take his team to the next level in the Champions League and improve the squad.
Daniele De Rossi would be a fantastic addition to the city midfield and could finally be persuaded to leave Roma after spending his whole career in the capital. Although he has been christened Capitan Futuro, suggesting that the Roma fans want to see him emulate the loyalty of current captain Francesco Totti.
His incredible tenacity, leadership and ability is just what Mancini is looking for in the midfield and if he can convince De Rossi to swap loyalty for trophies then his £30million price tag will seem like a bargain.
Not only are City after one top quality midfielder but they are also looking to spend big on bringing Sergio Busquets to the Etihad.
At just 24 Busquets, in contrast to De Rossi, has already won all of the major prizes in the game with a World Cup, European Championship and two Champions League titles as a key part of the all conquering Barcelona and Spain teams.
In his defensive midfield position he adds simplicity to an important role in the team and allows the more creative players to flourish.
His unfussy nature of breaking up play and then passing the ball sounds so simple yet it has been so effective for Busquets who in all honesty isn’t the most technically gifted player.
It has been rumoured that it would cost £60million to acquire his services from Barcelona, which seems very steep to me but that just shows you how valued he is in Cataluna.
There is no doubt that Mancini will be opening up the blank cheque book again in January but whether he will be able to sign both of these players, I’m not really sure.
De Rossi may favour a move away from Roma now after a recent altercation with coach Zdenek Zeman, plus this could be the Italians last chance to play for a trophy winning side.
However the Busquets transfer seems a little more far-fetched. The Spaniard may want to try another challenge away from Spain but anywhere away from Barcelona is a step down.
It’s looking more like De Rossi than Busquets at the moment although either signing would be a fantastic boost to the City midfield.