Manchester City Transfer Rumours: 6 Big Names Fans Would Love to See Arrive

Elliot BusbyContributor IIFebruary 29, 2012

Manchester City Transfer Rumours: 6 Big Names Fans Would Love to See Arrive

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    This is an exciting time for the City faithful.

    A title on it's way—seemingly—and a more than bright future on the horizon, the summer will see some new faces arrive at The Etihad and no doubt some old ones leave.

    Here are six signings that are rumoured to be on Mancini's radar that could make a real difference to the Blues squad.

Eden Hazard

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    The young Belgian has been linked with almost every big European club since last summer.

    It looks likely that he will be on his way to England, and if City win the league, The Etihad could be a tasty proposition.

    The 21-year-old attacking midfielder has spent his five years in professional football at French side Lille, and was one of the main driving forces behind their double winning success last season.

    He has already accumulated 25 caps for his country, and if Mancini wants him, he has the financial backing to beat rivals United, Arsenal and Tottenham to his signature.

Mario Gotze

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    The 19-year-old Borussia Dortmund player has been lighting up the Bundesliga since making his professional debut two years.

    A product of the Dortmund youth system, Gotze is tipped to be one of the players to watch at this year's European Championships, and a big offer from a club with financial clout could be on the cards.

    Reports are circulating that Manchester United are ready to make a bid, but with the Germans setting the asking price at upwards of £50m, City might be the only club willing to match their request.

Ezequiel Lavezzi

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    Lavezzi is a quick, dynamic striker with a great work ethic and an eye for goal.

    The 26-year-old has only earned 16 caps for his native Argentina, but with him now a key player in Walter Mazzarri's Napoli more international success surely beckons.

    Having experienced, and shone, in this season's Champions League interest in him as skyrocketed, and should 'The Azzurri' fail to qualify for Europe's elite competition this campaign, a move to a bigger club could be on the cards.

Nicolás Gaitán

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    Nicolás Gaitán didn't sign his first professional contract till the age of 20, when he signed for Argentinian giants Boca Juniors.

    A pacey winger, Gaitán signed for Benfica in the summer of 2010 and has made a name for himself in the Portuguese Primeira Liga.

    He is contracted to the Lisbon club until 2016, but City could invoke the €45m release clause if they want their man.

Stefan Jovetic

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    Stevan Jovetić signed for Italian club Fiorentina in 2008 at the age of 19.

    After making a good impact in his first two seasons, he missed the entire 2010/11 campaign after damaging his cruciate ligaments in his right knee.

    This season he has come back well, with 12 goals in 16 appearances, and City could tempt Fiorentina with a part-exchange deal with either Roque Santa Cruz or Emmanuel Adebayor for the Montenegrin.

Daniel Sturridge

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    Despite being one of Chelsea's top goalscorers and a stick-on for a place on England's plane to the Euros this summer, Sturridge is reportedly unhappy at Chelsea.

    He's disappointed at continually being played on the wing by boss André Villas Boas, and feels he may need to move to get regular games playing through the middle of the park.

    Arsenal are favourites for his signature at the moment, but City may pounce and offer the £20m that Chelsea are asking.