Manchester City Rumours: 6 Realistic Transfer Scenarios for EPL Champs
When you've just won the Premier League, attracting players of a high calibre should become a little bit easier. If your club is swimming in money then there really shouldn't be any excuse.
Ah if only it were that simple.
Football is a viciously unpredictable sport in all it's formats, transfers included.
So what makes one transfer rumour more viable than another? Personal opinion of course!
Here are six realistic transfer scenarios for the Premier League champions.
Edin Dzeko to Depart
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With Manchester City enjoying the resources of Carlos Tevez, Mario Balotelli and Sergio Aguero up front, Edin Dzeko finds himself fourth choice under Roberto Mancini with no real sign that his position will change.
Whilst Dzeko offers a better physical and aerial threat than most of the aforementioned, it seems likely that the Bosnian striker will be playing football elsewhere next season.
Bayern Munich have recently been credited with making a £20 million enquiry.
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Birmingham could seek to raise some summer funds by selling highly rated goalkeeper Jack Butland—a recent addition to Roy Hodgson's England squad—and Manchester City could be at the front of the queue.
Joe Hart is sure to be their number one choice for years to come, but having a hungry young goalkeeper pushing to play certainly wouldn't hurt his concentration levels.
City's substitute goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon looked nothing special when called upon briefly last season.
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Defence is arguably where Manchester City need to start their strengthening in the summer.
Dedryck Boyata, Wayne Bridge, and Alexander Kolarov could be destined for football elsewhere, whilst the likes of Stefan Savic hasn't looked good enough when called upon.
Javi Martinez could be purchased at a price that Manchester City could easily afford—£25 million—and would slot nicely into the team in place of Pablo Zabaleta—who could be used as a makeweight.
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Coloccini would seem a like-for-like type of player on paper, but whether the Argentinian could force his way past the assured Kompany and Lescott partnership remains to be seen.
There is no figure mentioned for the Newcastle United centre half.
Robin Van Persie
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Robin Van Persie has made it clear that his contract decision is based upon trophies and not money—a statement that surely points to a move to Manchester City.
Should Van Persie call time on his Gunners career, Manchester City now seem to be the logical choice for the Dutchman who scored 30 league goals last season.
Only Arsene Wenger can stop the player leaving by making a promise that he cannot ensure is kept—winning trophies.
Van Persie playing for Manchester City next season is far from a pipe dream in my eyes.
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Another quite possible occurrence for Manchester City is that they make no changes to their squad whatsoever.
In an effort to catch up with the current Premier League champions, other clubs will be fighting tooth and nail in order to snag the best of the best from Europe and the rest of the world. That situation will make life difficult for Manchester City as it drives up player costs unnecessarily, and increases player power.
Whilst I expect lots of enquiries and offers going both in and out of the Etihad Stadium, don't be surprised to see a lot of them fall flat.
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