Manchester City Speculation: 8 Midfielders the Team Could Sign in January

Thomas Atzenhoffer@socceratzCorrespondent IIOctober 3, 2012

Manchester City Speculation: 8 Midfielders the Team Could Sign in January

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    Manchester City have a squad that is ready to compete now on any front. However, their next biggest goal is to bring in enough new players who can grow into the current players' roles so that they will be able to maintain a strong club for the future.

    There is potentially room for veteran players, but the most important stage of Roberto Mancini's dynasty is to now ensure that his team is building for the future.

    The current squad has some of the best midfielders in the world, and finding the youngster that could grow into their places in the future could be a herculean task. With that in mind, here are some potential young players that could have what the Sky Blues need to add to their squad in January and in the future.

Lars Bender

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    German international and Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender would be an excellent understudy to Yaya Toure and Gareth Barry.

    With the ability to both tackle and hold the midfield as well as assist in building the attack, Bender could be a long-term replacement for either of the club's deep midfielders.

Igor Denisov

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    With Manchester City still looking to add some steel back to their midfield after the departure of Nigel de Jong, 28-year-old Russian international Igor Denisov could provide some immediate relief in the event that Gareth Barry gets overworked.

    However, a move for Denisov would not necessarily see him have a permanent first-team place and could kill any speculative deal should it be propositioned in January.

Ilkay Gündogan

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    Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gündogan could be a steal for the Manchester club if they were to make a move for him in January.

    The German international has shown promise already with his solid performance last season in the Bundesliga and looks to be set to do even more this season. However, with his career still in a growth stage, he would be in the position to learn from the current veterans in the City squad before stepping in to a regular first-team place.

Abdelaziz Barrada

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    Former PSG reservist turned Getafe first-team player, Abdelaziz Barrada, could be an excellent addition to Manchester City's club as a squad player.

    The talented Moroccan has the tools to grow into an asset for the club and would prove to be a lower-cost addition in January as a role player for the future.

Lewis Holtby

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    The addition of a solid young midfielder in the mold of Schalke 04 and German international Lewis Holtby could prove an excellent move for the Manchester side.

    Holtby and Jack Robinson could form the next holding midfield force for the club to eventually replace Gareth Barry and Yaya Toure.

Rémy Cabella

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    Montpellier's 22-year-old up and coming French midfielder Remy Cabella could be a future star in the making.

    With his talent already leading to a great start domestically and in the UEFA Champions league, Manchester City could do well with a versatile young midfielder to have at a moment's notice.

Francisco "Isco" Alarcón

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    If Manchester City want to go after a young Spanish midfielder in January, there are few, if any, better to chase than Malaga's Isco.

    The young playmaker has been making waves across Europe and has multiple clubs seeking his signature; Manchester City would have to jump quickly to try to make a deal.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan

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    Armenian international and Shahktar Donetsk midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan is another player worth signing for the long run and for additional depth behind attacking midfielders David Silva and Nasri.

    At 23 years old, he has had enough time to earn experience in the top tier of European competition, but still has the young, raw talent and moldability to allow for growth for many more years.