A lot of Manchester City wish lists start and end with Edinson Cavani.
Even after picking up two points in the table thanks to United's draw at West Ham United and City's win over Wigan, City is still 13 points back with only 18 possible points to gain. The title race is not over, but you can see it from here.
And while it is a good thing that no team is seriously pushing City for second place in the league, that fact takes a lot of the thrill out of the end of the season. Especially since, after the weekend's visit to White Hart Lane, City will not face another team presently in the top seven in the table.
They will have to face West Bromwich Albion, but it will be at the Etihad. West Brom's away form this season? Nine losses and a minus-9 goal difference as the visiting side. Right.
So it's a very probable second-place finish in the league, a very possible FA Cup win, and then the summer transfer window beckons.
How should City deploy its financial might? Who do Sky Blues supporters most want to see move to the blue side of Manchester?
You want goals? Here come some goals.
The reasons to acquire Cavani are numerous and obvious, but if you're new here, it will not hurt the rest of us to go over them again:
- Manchester City is probably going to lose their Premier League title to archrival Manchester United because, despite having the best defense in the league, they did not produce nearly enough goals and suffered too many listless draws.
- City bombed out of the Champions League in embarrassing fashion for the second consecutive season.
- Last year, Cavani fairly tortured City in Champions League play.
- Cavani is leading Serie A in goals this season, leading Napoli to another probable Champions League berth for next season.
There are about 54 million reasons not to sign Cavani, but then it's not your money, is it?
Signing Fellaini would essentially fix City's midfield issues.
Remember how desperate Manchester City's midfield looked this season when Yaya Toure was playing in the African Cup of Nations? Roberto Mancini does.
Mancini recently recalled the difficulties faced when both Yaya and Vincent Kompany were out of action for City this season.
"We were without Vinnie for 60 days," Mancini told BBC Sport. "That was very bad for us, like when we lost Yaya for a month for the Africa Cup of Nations."
In that same article, though, the reason you cannot dismiss Fellaini as a possibility for City is laid plain: "Given the way he destroyed United and City, don't rule out late interest from them."
You know, Cavani or Falcao, whatever, no big thing.
Those two are No. 1 and No. 2 in scoring in La Liga this season. They are not available.
But the No. 3 scorer in La Liga is Radamel Falcao, and if Manchester United does not want him (per The Sun), maybe City does.
Falcao is averaging nearly a goal per game in La Liga while leading Atletico Madrid to what looks like it will be a third-place finish in the league table.
He is 27 years old and clearly entering the prime of his career. Adding Falcao to City's already potent offensive attack would cause further consternation for league rivals and might be the ingredient that emboldens City to better Champions League performances.
Sometimes they come back.
So those prior three possible moves would each call for absurd outlays of cash. City gets stick all the time for buying players and trying to buy titles.
As a peace offering, then, here is a suggestion that City might go (comparatively) on the cheap.
Per The Mirror, City is semi-seriously intrigued with former United prospect Ravel Morrison. The 20-year-old midfielder is on loan at Birmingham from West Ham United and his recent performances are apparently turning heads.
None of City's developmental players seem ready to make the leap into the XI, and City's most recent transfer splurge on a young midfielder has been an ongoing heartbreak.
There are way worse ideas than this, particularly at the likely price.
It just never happened for Nasri at the Etihad.
This is the sort of stuff that happens when you come to a club with big press clippings, then score one goal in 23 appearances in league play.
Nasri's tap-in against Chelsea in the recent FA Cup semifinal was nice and all, but in terms of redemption coming in one single play, it wasn't exactly J.D. Drew's $14 million grand slam.
If in fact (per The Mirror) the likes of Paris Saint-Germain wants to shuttle Nasri back home, City should be willing to do it for a case of Veuve Clicquot and a croissant to be named later.