Manchester City Transfer Rumours: 5 More Players City Would Like To Add
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With Manchester City looking to plug any remaining holes in their squad, they will be aiming to spend big during the remainder of this summer to bring in some of the biggest names in world football.
From the evidence of last season's performances, one of City's biggest weaknesses was a lack of creative midfield players. Subsequently, they ended up scraping a lot of 1-0 wins, and sometimes, not even creating goal-scoring opportunities at all.
With City competing in the Champions League, FA Cup, Carling Cup and the Premier League next season, they will need strengthening in a few areas to cope with the added demands.
Here's a look at five players who could be the solutions to City's needs.
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There is no doubt that if Samir Nasri were signed, he would be a great addition to Premier League big-spenders Manchester City's midfield.
The dynamic French international's performances last season have led to a never-ending stream of rumors which recently culminated in a transfer attempt by English champions Manchester United.
That bid failed and it is believed that the player's wage demands were the reason for the stall. City, as is well known, on the other hand, should have no such problems with Nasri's wage demands.
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One of the big things City lacked last season was creative nous in the center of midfield. Deploying Nigel de Jong and Gareth Barry was never going to produce many goals for City, and although it helped City towards becoming one of the league's most defensively adept teams, that alone could not help them win games.
City were linked with Diego back in 2009 and what attracted City to the attacking midfielder still attracts some of the biggest clubs in the world.
Not much is known about the Brazilian forward who now plays for Wolfsburg, but we know he won Bronze at the Beijing 2008 Olympics with Brazil. He and Robinho came through the same youth system at the same time, and they often played together for Santos.
At Werder Bremen from 2006-09, he scored 34 goals in 84 games. He was the Bundesliga player of the season for the 2006/2007 season, receiving over 50 percent of the votes even though his team finished third in the Bundesliga that year.
Diego played for Juventus last year. He has played for his native Brazil 33 times, scoring four times.
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With the off-loading of Jo, Felipe Caicedo, Craig Bellamy and Roque Santa Cruz either done or soon to be done, Manchester City will again need to look for a striker to compensate for these losses, especially considering that the future of Carlos Tevez in the club is in some serious doubt.
Mancini, who feels City's time to really challenge has come, is well aware of this problem. He spoke to reporters at the club's preseason tour:
"A top squad needs to have four good strikers because this season we will play in the Champions League, FA Cup, Carling Cup and the Premier League. We need to have four strikers and at the moment we do. If Carlos stays, I'm happy."
Somehow, I doubt that Mancini will be happy—the signing of Sergio Aguero was a subtle "we can do without you, Carlos" message to the former Manchester United striker—and I feel that Mancini will want to do away with the disruption that Tevez has brought to City.
The biggest plus for City in the Eto'o transaction is that they would be getting a world class player equal in everything to Tevez, and perhaps even better. Note as well that Eto'o is willing to play—unlike Tevez, for example.
The only negative is that Eto'o is 30 years of age and the long-term value of the player is not assured. Still, with all the money at City's disposal, do they really care about long-term value?
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Riccardo Montolivo, one of the most exciting midfield players in world football, is reportedly on City's radar.
The Italian has a year left on his contract with Fiorentina and recently rejected the opportunity to begin new contract talks. Rumors persist that Montolivo's agent, Giovanni Branchini, met with City manager Roberto Mancini in May, according to La Nazione (h/t Soccer News Today).
Branchini is hopeful that City will strike terms with Fiorentina over a £15 million deal. A swap involving Aleksandr Kolarov has also been touted.
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Everton's Leighton Baines could be on the move. Oft thought to be one of the best left-backs in the Premier League, it is no surprise that Manchester City are reportedly interested in the England full back.
City's initial approach was rubbished by Everton manager David Moyes, but the Toffees are in desperate need of money and this may prove to be the telling factor.
It is thought that City are open to offering cash plus any two players of Everton's choice to make up the difference, with Emmanuel Adebayor thought to be the most likely solution to their striker worries.
Other reported names include out-of-favor Shaun Wright-Philips and Craig Bellamy, whilst it is presumed that Wayne Bridge would act as a direct replacement for Baines.
With Everton needing to raise funds to make any serious moves this summer, it is thought that this incentive may appease Everton manager David Moyes.