Manchester City Transfers: 10 Best Players Roberto Mancini Missed Out On
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini reportedly targeted a host of different big-name players this summer, but the club's flurry of activity at the transfer deadline involved few of these big names.
A rather low-key summer compared to previous years, the Citizens signed more squad players than massively expensive stars.
However, this didn't stop those big names from being linked with the club in the final days of the window.
Here are the 10 biggest targets that did not move to Manchester this summer.
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini was desperate to increase his options in the heart of his defense this summer, and according to reports, one of his biggest wants and desires was Liverpool defender Daniel Agger.
According to Metro, Mancini was hoping to make a push in the closing days of the transfer window, but failed.
Birmingham City goalkeeper Jack Butland, 19, showed up on Manchester City's radar this summer.
The young England international was targeted as a potential backup option for Joe Hart at the club level—just as he is internationally—according to People.
Former Athletic Bilbao midfielder Javi Martinez was believed to be among Roberto Mancini's top targets this summer. However, the midfielder's price tag proved to be out of the Italian's budget, according to Metro.
Martinez would eventually go on to join Bayern Munich, where he is expected to be a major success for the Bavarian club.
I stopped those negotiations. By the time they had made their move from England I had already decided that I would be staying in Florence
Am I happy to still be here? Absolutely and I have no regrets.
The objective here is to get back into Europe and I won't leave here until this club is competing at the levels it should be.
Robin van Persie
The Daily Express linked Athletic Bilbao and Spanish international striker Fernando Llorente to Manchester City for much of the summer.
However, much like former teammate Javi Martinez, his massive price tag turned the Citizens away.
The young Brazilian would have been a long-term partner for Belgian defender Vincent Kompany, and his attacking ability would have also added a new dimension to the team.