Manchester City Transfers: 5 Biggest Names Linked to the Blues This Summer

Mikhail Turner@MikhailTurnerContributor IIIMarch 20, 2013

Manchester City Transfers: 5 Biggest Names Linked to the Blues This Summer

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    There have been some big names linked with a move to Manchester City and that's no surprise given their finances.

    With their financial backing, City can compete for the best players in the world. As such, there's been no shortage of rumours.

    The club will likely let some players leave to help finance any possible moves but also to create space for new players.

    Here are the five biggest names linked with a move to the Blues this summer.

    *Unless otherwise stated all statistics courtesy of ESPN Soccernet.

5. Neymar

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    The Blues have been linked with a move for Brazilian star Neymar (via Daily Mail).

    Neymar's future has been the subject of much debate in recent seasons and it is expected that he'll leave Brazil after the 2014 World Cup.

    England certainly isn't his first or best option, however, as he has been constantly linked with a move to Barcelona in Spain (via Daily Mail).

    This is one race City are unlikely to win, despite their finances.

4. Wayne Rooney

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    Rumours surrounding Wayne Rooney's future at Manchester United surfaced after the Englishman was left on the bench during his side's Champions League loss to Real Madrid.

    After scoring a career-best 27 goals in the Premier League in 2011-12, Rooney currently has 12 goals this season. However, he has increased his number of assists from four to nine.

    Manchester City have ruled out a move for the United forward, with manager Roberto Mancini saying such a signing would be difficult (via Daily Mirror).

    The City manager is quite right.

3. Edinson Cavani

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    The latest news in the transfer saga linking Edinson Cavani to Manchester City is that the English club would have to submit a crazy offer to land the Uruguayan (via talkSPORT).

    Cavani has been in prolific form over the last few seasons and would be a fantastic addition to any squad.

    The Uruguayan has been near the top of the Serie A scoring charts for the past few seasons and currently leads the race with 20 goals.

2. Radamel Falcao

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    According to the Daily Mirror, Manchester City is looking to get ahead in the race to sign Radamel Falcao.

    However, City would face plenty of competition from Chelsea for Falcao's signature (via Daily Express).

    The Colombian forward has set Europe alight since his arrival and has taken his unstoppable scoring form from FC Porto to Atletico Madrid.

    Falcao currently has 27 goals and one assist in 31 games for the Spanish outfit.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo

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    According to the Metro, Cristiano Ronaldo may just be open to a move to Manchester City in the future.

    However, the former Manchester United man made it known in no uncertain terms that such a move would be unlikely to happen (via Sky Sports).

    Earlier in the season, Ronaldo mentioned being unhappy at his situation with Madrid and the rumours haven't stopped since.

    Ronaldo is having another prolific season in Spain with 43 goals and six assists in 43 games.