Now that July is upon us and the transfer window is officially open, Manchester City ought to be hard at work looking to bolster their ranks. They've already signed two players in Jesus Navas and Fernandinho, but there is still more to be done.
The latter signing addresses a need at the defensive midfield position in the form of a versatile, reliable partner for Yaya Toure. However, the Brazilian is 28 years old featuring alongside the 30-year-old Ivorian and 32-year-old Gareth Barry.
As such, it may be wise to look at further reinforcements at the position, especially a younger option who could be a featured player in the future. While 2012 signings Javi Garcia and Jack Rodwell may fit that mold, neither have shown signs of being that guy.
Garcia was a last-minute signing on a slightly inflated fee, and some spotty form saw him drop in the pecking order. Rodwell, on the other hand, lost much of his season to injury before showing flashes of good play at the end of the season.
It is possible that either of these players could be moved on in favor of a new face as new manager Manuel Pellegrini looks to stamp his authority at his new club. Read on for a sampling of some younger defensive midfield types the Chilean should target.
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