Transfer Rumours: Could Two Serie a Stralets Be on Their Way to Manchester City?

Ieuan BeynonCorrespondent IIIJune 13, 2011

NAPLES, ITALY - APRIL 30:  Marek Hamsik of SSC Napoli celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and Genoa CFC at Stadio San Paolo on April 30, 2011 in Naples, Italy.  (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)
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Roberto Mancini has been at Manchester City for just over a season and a half. In that time he has created on the best defences in the Premiership.

But with the exception of the very impressive David Silva, Manchester City have struggled to create goals in the last season.

At times they were over reliant on their skipper Carlos Tevez, as he and Silva formed an almost telepathic understanding in the Premier League.

But with the workload about to grow, City needs to add another play-maker or two to their ranks, as they prepare for an assault on both the Premier League and Champions League.

They have been linked with many over the weekend, but there are two who could really make a difference to the Sky Blues side.

The most prominent transfer rumour circulating is that of Udinese's Chilean superstar Alexis Sanchez.

The 22-year-old has been in fantastic form over the last couple of seasons in Serie A, as he and his strike-partner Antonio De Natale scored a total of 35 goals this season.

Sanchez though is commanding a big price, with the Udinese owner Giampaolo Pozzo looking to recoup over £35million for his star asset.

Barcelona and Inter Milan are also keen on Sanchez, but with him commanding such a high fee, this could make City the favourites for the gifted South American.

The other player that City are being linked with is Napoli's midfielder Marek Hamsik, the Slovakian is one of the most complete players in Europe.

Again though, he will command a hefty fee. After helping Napoli to the Champions League, Hamsik will be the harder of the two to land this summer.

But Roberto Mancini is a long-term admirer of the 23-year-old Hamsik, and would love to add him to his squad during the summer.

With the Premier League a priority and the need to progress in the Champions League even greater, expect to see one of these two at Eastlands next season.