Defensive Reconstruction for Manchester City?
After failing to secure the final Champions League place, Roberto Mancini has wasted little time in bolstering his defense for next season.
It has been known for a number of weeks that Hamburg's young German International, Jerome Boateng, had agreed a deal to join after the World Cup.
The highly-rated 21-year-old, who stands at 6'3", can play anywhere along the back line. Despite his age, he has played over one hundred first-class games in Germany
These are also reports today that City are close to agreeing on a deal for Benfica defender David Luiz.
Luiz, like Boateng, is a versatile player who is equally comfortable at centre-back or left-back.
The Brazilian has had an excellent season and had been linked with moves to Real Madrid and Chelsea before the latest interest from City came along.
Mancini met in Abu Dhabi this week with the clubs power brokers to present them with his summer wish list.
Obviously young, highly-rated defenders were in the upper echelons of that list.
The current defense seemed to become more stable after the arrival of Mancini in January.
But the Italian must feel that the stocks need to be replenished in readiness for the club's push for the Premier League next season.
The likes of Vincent Kompany and Joleon Lescott—prior to his second major injury—were outstanding. Kolo Toure seemed to improve at the back end of the season.
Pablo Zabaleta and Wayne Bridge may be the ones whose places will be most at risk. If the arrivals of Boateng, and maybe Luiz, come to fruition.
Toure though, could be looking over his shoulder if Boateng has a good World Cup. He may be captain, but he is the elder statesman in the back four.
So lets take a look at some possible defensive combinations for next season.
These are just a few possibilities for Roberto Mancini next season. The likes of Micah Richards and Nedum Onuoha may be sold in the summer to create space for the new acquisitions.
All we know is that they will look to have a solid base on which to build the rest of the team.
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