Manchester City's Summer Transfer Wish List
Manchester City will be expected to be very active over the upcoming summer transfer window in their quest to re-emerge as a world football powerhouse again.
The 2012-13 season hasn't gone according to plan for the English giants, but with a strong squad and the ability to sign a number of key players over the transfer window, Roberto Mancini's men are primed to launch a very strong season in 2014 and achieve some great success as a result of that.
City will have their eyes on a number of players this summer and will look to make several moves. But who are the names that could be on their way to the Etihad?
Read on to see a complete summer wish list for the Citizens, with a player from every area of the field listed here. If City were to sign one player from every area (and I'm not saying they will, I'm merely just speculating), these are the fives names that they'd want to bring to Manchester this summer.
Let's take a look who those five players are.
GK: Asmir Begovic, Stoke City
Joe Hart established himself as the premier goalkeeper in England last season with a phenomenal year in goal, and he was a huge reason behind their title breakthrough.
However, the Three Lions' shot-stopper has not been his best this year for City.
That's not to say that he's been poor, per se, but simply to suggest that he hasn't been as strong as years gone by. And as City have shown throughout the years, they lack a true No. 2 to take over from Hart when he is injured or needs resting—which could lead to a move for another GK this summer.
The man that City have been chasing for a while is Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, who has been simply superb for the Potters this season. Begovic has excellent reflexes and has been key in keeping the Potters above the relegation zone in 2013 (at this point of the year, anyway), and he has subsequently attracted plenty of interest from big clubs about a potential summer transfer (per ESPN).
In an ideal world, Begovic would be a great summer pickup by the Citizens.
Transfermarkt value: £4.4 million
DEF: Ben Davies, Swansea City
Ben Davies might not be the first name that City fans will think of when it comes to must-have summer transfers, but there's not a lot that needs to be done to City's defense in all honesty this transfer period.
Even with a number of injuries this season, the Citizens' defensive prowess has been seen at large parts of their season, and several of their "fringe" players have emerged as must-keep squad players.
Guys like Aleksandar Kolarov and Pablo Zabaleta have had breakout seasons for the club, and it's put City in a great position defensively coming into the summer transfer window.
They don't have any real needs when it comes to defense.
That puts them in the great position of being able to bring in some young talent simply for squad purposes. Only Matija Nastasic is under the age of 23 in City's defense, and as this year showed with injuries and the like, having good depth is pertinent to success.
And so the move for a good squad player like Davies may well be on the radar.
The Daily Mirror reports that City are interested in signing the left-back as a long-term replacement for Gael Clichy, who has been very strong for City this season.
Davies, 20, has been very strong for Swansea City this year and would make a great squad pickup for City if they could convince the Swans to sell him in 2013.
Transfermarkt value: £1.3 million
DCM: Fernandinho, Shakhtar Donetsk
City have a number of good central midfielders in their squad at the moment, but in an ideal world, they'd end up pushing through on their reported interest in Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fernandinho and bring the deep-lying playmaker to the Etihad Stadium this summer.
The Daily Mail reports that City have a strong interest in the Brazilian international, and given Shakhtar Donetsk's lack of big-time league football given their Ukrainian-based competition, the Sky Blues could well entice the 28-year-old to the Manchester club.
Fernandinho would be a great pickup for the Blues and would offer the perfect complement for Yaya Toure in midfield. He is a deep-lying playmaker who works very hard in defense but also possesses a blistering ability to get forward and contribute to the attack, with a dominant passing game and great vision hallmarks of his ever-impressive attacking game.
City's attack (and defense) would be much stronger with the arrival of Fernandinho.
Transfermarkt value: £12.5 million
CAM: Isco, Malaga
The Citizens might have a number of good attacking players in their squad at the moment, but there's little doubting that they'd love to sign Isco for next season.
The Malaga playmaker was superb in the Champions League this season, but he is unable to play next season due to Malaga's ban for financial reasons. That could mean that City are able to lure the star midfielder across from Spain this summer and could also entice Malaga into selling their star by giving them an offer they can't refuse to knock back given their current financial predicament.
The Daily Mail reports that City have already begun to hold preliminary talks about signing the 21-year-old this summer, who is also wanted by PSG and Barcelona.
If City could nab Isco, he may well be the player they need to swing the balance of power in the Premier League back to the Citizens but also to help them succeed in Europe, having been eliminated in the group stages without winning a game in 2013.
Transfermarkt value: £17.5 million
ST: Edinson Cavani, Napoli
One move, however, that every City fan would love to see this summer is that of Napoli striker Edinson Cavani, who would be a huge arrival to the Etihad Stadium.
The example is Robin van Persie, who upon arriving at Manchester United, changed the title balance. Well, Cavani, who has been on an absolute tear for Napoli in Serie A this season, would be able to do just the same—if not more—for the Citizens should he arrive at the club.
Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez are a dynamic partnership at times, and Edin Dzeko has proved to be very strong off the bench. However, they are lacking in depth a little up front. Should an injury strike, they're suddenly down to just two real options at the top of their attack—something that the arrival of the Uruguayan international would instantly fix for the club.
Oh, and he's a prolific goal-scorer with 33 goals in 34 games for Napoli.
But who's keeping count?
City, along with Real Madrid, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain, are reportedly interested in the striker this summer and know that he would have a profound impact at their club (h/t Simon Mullock, Mirror).
Cavani may just be the player to lead them back to the league title—and a whole lot more.
Transfermarkt value: £48.5 million
In an ideal world, which players would you like to see at City this summer?
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