Manchester City Transfer Rumours: 5 Ridiculous Transfers That Will Not Happen
As the madness of the January transfer window begins, there are plenty of rumours in the press that include the big spenders of the past few transfer windows, Manchester City.
Over the past few years, big names like Sergio Aguero, Robinho, Carlos Tevez and Samir Nasri have been brought into the Etihad Stadium to strengthen the City squad.
However, with the impending start of UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules next season, City will not be able to spend the same amount of money that they have in the past.
Roberto Mancini and company will have to follow the policy they put in place during the summer transfer window by bringing in young, inexpensive players like Jack Rodwell and Scott Sinclair.
With that same transfer strategy likely in place for January, it is time to state the most ridiculous rumours about Manchester City for the January transfer window.
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The best player not playing in Europe at the moment is Brazilian starlet Neymar.
Speculation around the 20-year-old Santos forward began once again in December when new Manchester City director of football Txiki Begiristain made a trip to Brazil.
This Goal.com report sparked the speculation that Begiristain was in Brazil to scout Neymar in person.
Even if there was true interest from City in Neymar, he would cost too much.
The same report stated that Neymar would cost over 50 million pounds.
If City were in the midst of a goal-scoring crisis then Neymar would be a viable option, but there is no need to bring in the Brazilian when Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez and Edin Dzeko are scoring goals at the moment.
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Radamel Falcao is the hottest commodity in the January transfer window, but he will also cost plenty of money if Manchester City were to go after him.
If that is the case, Falcao could headline the new generation of Galaticos at Real Madrid under the new manager that is likely to replace Jose Mourinho after Madrid's disappointing season comes to an end.
With the potential to lead Real Madrid back to glory, Falcao could easily choose the La Liga giants over Manchester City.
Also waiting for Falcao at Real Madrid would be the role of being the main forward, something he may not earn easily at City with Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero on the depth chart.
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One player who has jumped into the transfer rumours in the past week has been Barcelona forward David Villa.
Villa has a connection to Manchester City as former Valencia teammate David Silva plays for the Citizens.
The Daily Star reported last week that City would be going after Villa as a replacement for the failure otherwise known as Mario Balotelli. B/R's own Joe Krishnan even went as far last week to post his own potential City starting 11 that included Villa.
However, even with all that going for them, City should not go after the Spanish star forward.
If Villa were to join the Citizens, the club would essentially have three forwards with the same skill set in Villa, Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez.
If manager Roberto Mancini were to bring in a striker, it would have to be a strong, tall forward like Mario Balotelli to compliment the quick, speedy group of forwards already stationed at the Etihad Stadium.
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Theo Walcott has failed to sign a new contract at Arsenal as of yet, and since he is a big name who could be leaving his current club in January, he is automatically linked with Manchester City.
The Citizens do have a history of bringing in players from Arsenal with Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri trading in their Arsenal red for City sky blue in recent years.
As much as a move for Walcott would add to the bevy of talent roaming the pitch at the Etihad Stadium, the Citizens do not need another wing player.
City already have an abundance of wingers and two of the players on the depth chart at that position, Scott Sinclair and Abdul Razak, can not even get any playing time at the moment.
Any potential move by Walcott could be thwarted if he agrees to a new contract with the Gunners.
According to the Daily Mail a new contract for Walcott could be a possibility, with talks beginning again this week over a new deal between the two sides.
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Jack Butland is the next best goalkeeping talent to come through the English ranks.
At just 19, the Birmingham City keeper is being linked to some of the top clubs in England, including Manchester City.
Back in November, the Daily Mirror confirmed that City were going to go after Butland in the January transfer window.
The absolute worst thing to happen to Butland's career is to make a move to City to sit on the bench behind Joe Hart, instead of moving to a club that can offer him their starting position.
While City are looking to bring in young talent instead of expensive superstars, a move for Butland for just be a waste of money at the moment by the Citizens.
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