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We'll conclude this little transfer snapshot with three deals to watch out for with Manchester City—a player they should buy, a player they should wait on, and a player that they'll sell. Read on to see the breakdown and analysis as to which players fill those respective roles and why.
BUY—Edinson Cavani, Napoli, ST
Essentially, Aguero needs some more help at the top of the attack. He hasn't gotten it this year through Tevez, whose off-field actions haven't been incredibly helpful for the club, and whilst he's still brilliant at times, the reality is that he is second in the depth chart behind Aguero.
Dzeko is very hit-and-miss sometimes, and City know that they need to have another world-class striker in their squad if they're going to compete in England and Europe next year.
The European factor will be particularly big here, and I think that's why we'll see a move for Cavani. City have been interested in him for a long time, and money isn't the issue. Napoli will not want to sell their main man, but they won't be able to say no to to the money thrown at them by Mancini, and they'll end up parting ways with the star striker over the summer transfer window.
HOLD—Isco, Malaga, CAM
City have been linked with Isco for some time now, and whilst he does definitely fill a need at the English club, it's tough to see whether this deal will end up transpiring in the summer.
Malaga don't have Champions League football to offer their stars after being suspended from the competition for the next few seasons. And whilst that might not seem like a big deal, the fact we've already seen the likes of Santi Cazorla and Nacho Monreal choose English football (and Champions League football) over the Spanish giants suggests that Malaga are powerless to stop big deals.
Isco may have signed a new deal at the club, but that contract does include a release clause of €35 million (per FIFA.com). If City want Isco, they'll have no trouble hitting that release clause and forcing Malaga to sell him this summer, but I think they'll hold off on this one for the time being.
I think it'll end up happening—just because City will want to win English and European titles in 2013—but this isn't their priority. Look for this to be a deal that could happen over the final weeks this year.
SELL—Carlos Tevez, Manchester City, ST
I've made no secrets before about the fact that I think Tevez should go this summer. I don't think he helps Aguero and Toure like he did last year, and I don't think he's a needed player if Cavani or Isco arrive in the summer—which I believe one, if not both, will.
Tevez is already down to the final year of his contract at the club, and has reportedly refused to sign a new deal. He is a public relations nightmare off the field, and with a less-than friendly relationship with Roberto Mancini at times in his career, I'm not sure that City will feel the need to keep him in 2013.
City won't sell without a big offer, so Tevez's transfer away from the club does depend on another club seeing the need to cough up big money for the Argentinian.
But if they do, expect City to pull the trigger here. Isco or Cavani are both great upgrades on Tevez, and they would allow for much greater success in 2013 than we saw from Manchester City this year.
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