Manchester City has been a club of entertainment both on and off the pitch over the past few English Premiership seasons. The club's gluttonous spending has linked Manchester City with such stars as Gianluigi Buffon, Kaka, Robin Van Persie and countless others.
However, while it may be fun and sexy to link these stars to the blue half of Manchester, they are all wants and not needs.
With just over two years with Manchester, Roberto Mancini has brought with him titles. First claiming the FA Cup, he ended a 44-year drought as City were named EPL champions.
Mancini has brought in world class talent, that to which most managers could dream to both be able to afford and attract. With City as reigning champions, there will be pressure to succeed next in Europe.
It is clear there are still glaring holes that should and can be fixed to strengthen this already intimidating Manchester side.
What are these holes?
Despite media obsession with linking attacking players to the Citizens, it is clear that Manchester City just doesn't have talent in depth in defense. With Kolo Toure struggling to match fitness and suspension, he cannot be relied upon as a solid defensive option.
Young defender Stefan Savic was placed in an unfair position last season, as he earned criticism when thrust into difficult situations in time of desperation. At the age of 21, Savic is still learning the English game and shouldn't be expected to perform beyond realistic expectations.
Jolean Lescott and Vincent Kompany were absolute workhorses this past season. The success and failures of the clubs can be related directly back to this duo. While Kompany is hitting his prime, he is considered one of the best—if not the best—central defender in England. Lescott had a good season. However, his class is a fairly skewed due to his English citizenship.
It's glaringly obvious that the Blues need help in the back, more specifically in central defense.
Lots of central defeneders have been linked with Man City. But, the most competent and obvious choice for this need lies within England. Fabricio Coloccini should be the man who Mancini sets his eyes on this transfer window.
Coloccini has quickly and suddenly established himself as one of the best defenders in England. This Newcastle captain has come a long way since the team returned to the Premier League from relegation.
Coloccini was instrumental in Newcastle United's surprising success this past season. While Newcastle didn't crack the top four in the end, they had an impressive season—largely due to Coloccini's leadership and defensive abilities.
Adding Coloccini would be the most appropriate offseason transfer. He too is rounding into his prime, and is extremely capable to compliment Kompany. This pairing of Kompany and Coloccini, complimented by Lescott, would provide a dangerous trio of defenders to Mancini's side.