Manchester City is coming off their most successful campaign in more than 40 years after winning the Premier League title for the first time in the tournaments 20-year history.
Coupled with their 2011-12 League Championship, City is looking to build a dynasty that will return the club to their glory days of the 60s and 70s and allow them to regularly compete with primary rival Manchester United.
City had been looking to add Arsenal’s captain Robin van Persie in an effort to improve the club’s chances of defending their titles. But club boss Roberto Mancini has now all but conceded defeat in his pursuit of the 29-year-old striker who seems destined to sign with Man U.
With their pursuit of Van Persie now seemingly over, here are five alternatives that Mancini should turn his attention to.