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Manchester City Transfer Gossip: 5 Biggest Names Linked to Big-Spending Blues

James KentContributor IIINovember 14, 2012

Manchester City Transfer Gossip: 5 Biggest Names Linked to Big-Spending Blues

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    Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini will be relatively pleased with the start his side has made to the season. Of course, being top of the league would be ideal, but City are nicely in touch with Manchester United.

    Nevertheless, he will see the January transfer window as an ideal opportunity to strengthen his squad with the view to overhaul Man United by the end of the season. There has certainly been some big names linked to the club.

    So sit back relax, and enjoy the slideshow on the players the club may sign in January 2013. 

Ashley Cole (Chelsea)

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    The reports that suggest Ashley Cole will join Man City generally suggest it will be in the summer after a pre-contract has been agreed in January. But there is every chance the club may try to tempt Chelsea with a sizeable offer in the January window.

    With the player so experienced at both the Premier League and international levels it is not hard to see why the club would want him. But there are a few issues with this prospective transfer. First, where would that leave Gael Clichy—another hugely talented player—in the squad?

    Chelsea would be very reluctant to sell one of their key players in any case, but would be especially wary of selling to a Premier League title rival. At 31, Cole would not offer a long-term solution to the left hand side of their defense. 

Theo Walcott (Arsenal)

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    Theo Walcott's Arsenal future appears to be a matter of serious doubt. Therefore, there is every possibility he may make a move to a Premier League rival. I think Arsenal would be prepared to sell him if the price was right, but would surely prefer it to be to a club outside the Premier League.

    Walcott wishes to get the opportunity to play as a striker, but moving to Man City would be a very bad career move for him. The firepower they have would surely give him no chance of getting any regular games as an attacker.

    I can see why the club may want to add another attacking option to their bench, but this move would not make sense for Arsenal or the player.

Falcao (Atletico Madrid)

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    Just when you think the Man City attack can't get any stronger, they are linked with Falcao. The Colombian forward has also know hinted he might be looking for a move. He is rated at £46million and considered by many to be the world's best striker.

    There is no doubt he would be a fantastic addition to the Man City squad and would surely make a positive impact in the Premier League. I suppose the only issues would be on the club's current forwards.

    I'm not sure they would be able to accommodate all their current strikers as well as Falcao.

Raheem Sterling (Liverpool)

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    Raheem Sterling may not be a massive star yet, but the 17-year-old has made a big impression at Liverpool. He has been a bright spark in a Liverpool side that have seriously under-delivered this season.

    So, they are now trying to get his long-term contract sorted out. Some reports have claimed that he has demanded to be paid £50,000 per week, but other reports have suggested they have to wait for the player to turn 18.

    Nevertheless, Man City recognize he is likely to have a big future in the Premier League. He is also now a capped England player, so they would be keen to snatch him away from Liverpool if the opportunity were to arise.

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)

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    Again, Zaha is another player that isn't a big player yet but experts think he will have a massive future in the game. Crystal Palace will be reluctant to sell while they remain in with a chance of promotion from the Championship.

    The fact that he was given his first England cap in an international friendly is some indication to how highly thought of he is. But I think there is a possibly cynical reason for giving him a cap in tonight's game, considering it prevents Ivory Coast from calling the youngster up.

    Anyway, surely a move to one of the big Premier League clubs is going to happen at some point. And I think the club that secures him will get a great player. Man City have been linked along with a number of other clubs. The presence of England internationals in their squad might be enough to swing it their way, and we know the club can easily afford any transfer fee Palace demand.

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