Manchester City Transfers: 8 Moves City Would Love To Make in Transfer Window

Peter Webster@@petercwebsterContributor IIIDecember 22, 2011

Manchester City Transfers: 8 Moves City Would Love To Make in Transfer Window

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    Manchester City are currently sat at the top of the Barclays Premier League table, two points ahead of neighbours Manchester United.

    Despite their disappointing Champions League campaign, City have largely looked irressistable in the Premier League this season only dropping points in a defeat to Chelsea that could have been a quite different result.

    Even though you could argue that City have the strength in depth to not warrant any January purchases, that's not a scenario any fan wants to happen.

    Everyone likes a new signing, even if they're not household names or established Internationals.

    It's the buzz of the unknown and the possibility of what the hidden gem could do for your club for years to come.

    If nothing else it's just something to discuss with your friends in the local bar.

    Here we take a look at some deals that Manchester City fans might like to see happen as we enter into 2012.

Hulk

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    Whilst the photo above might be slightly doctored, the image it portrays is accurate.

    Givanildo Vieira de Souza, or "Hulk" as he is more commonly known, is a right winger/forward who plays for FC Porto in the Portuguese first division.

    You could be forgiven for the thinking that Hulks strength and build were the reasons for his iconic nickname, but apparently it was due to the fact he looks like the actor and former bodybuilder Lou Ferrigno who played the title character.

    Who knew?

    Surprisingly Hulk has only amassed nine appearances for Brazil's senior team thus far, but I expect that figure to increase over the coming years.

    Manchester City would love to take the Brazilian to the Etihad Stadium but Porto have warned he could cost as much as £88 million.

Carlos Tevez

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    Everyone in Manchester just wants to see the back of Carlos Tevez, and I don't just mean Manchester City fans.

    Ever since Tevez signed for City he stoked the fires of hatred within his former club of Manchester United.

    Now he has been frozen out of the club under Roberto Mancini following a refusal to warm up when ordered at a Champions League game.

    Seemingly a problem player wherever he goes, Tevez now looks set to sign for Italian giants AC Milan in January although Mancini has stated there will only be a permanent deal sanctioned.

    Manchester City fans will be hoping they can recoup most of the fee they paid for the much-troubled Argentinian, but in reality they'll just be glad he's gone.

Edinson Cavani

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    If former favourite Carlos Tevez does leave the club then Manchester City may seek a replacement in the new year.

    Such is the way of things at Manchester City now; whenever they are linked with a player his price seems to triple in value overnight.

    One such example is Edinson Cavani of Napoli.

    Whilst undoubtedly talented, Cavani has been priced at over £40 million by the Serie A outfit which may be more than Mancini wants to pay.

    Nevertheless, Cavani did himself no harm by scoring against Manchester City in their first Champions League game of the season.

    A come-and-get-me plea, perhaps?

Daniele De Rossi

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    With his contract with Roma due to expire at the end of the season Daniele De Rossi could be the subject of a bid by Manchester City according to guardian.co.uk.

    The price quoted is around the £5 million mark and it needs to stay in that region for a deal to happen.

    De Rossi is 28 now, so Mancini won't want to make a major purchase that will have little resale value in a couple of years time should the move not work out.

    Serie A transfers are considered a risk by a lot of Premier League fans as such a small amount of Italians are playing for top English clubs due to the difference in demands that the EPL provides.

Paul Pogba

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    Manchester United signed Paul Pogba in 2009 under apparently dubious circumstances as claims of "tapping up" emerged.

    Since then, Pogba has stalled on signing a new contract with the Red Devils and has been linked with neighbours Manchester City, AC Milan and Inter Milan.

Kolo Toure

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    Toure has raised doubts about his future at Manchester City after complaining to manager Roberto Mancini about a lack of first-team opportunities.

    Paris Saint-Germain are early suitors for the 30-year-old's signature, but Mancini has insisted that Toure is not going anywhere and recently played in the 1-0 win over Arsenal.

    Mancini may let Toure leave if a suitable replacement is found, but City will be keen to avoid any dressing-room disharmony as they try to win the Premier League for the first time.

    He may be better off elsewhere if he is not willing to fight for his place at the club.

Robin van Persie

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    I don't think there's a club in the world that wouldn't want Robin van Persie in their team given his form this year.

    As long as the Dutch international stays injury free then he is one of the world's most feared strikers.

    The possibility of Sergio Aguero and Robin van Persie as a striking duo for Manchester City is certainly a drooling prospect for Citizens.

    How much, I hear you cry?

    If you believe the Sun newspaper, then £30 million is all it would take.

Gabriel Cichero

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    If Kolo Toure does call time on his Manchester City playing days then a replacement will soon be required.

    Recent reports suggest Nedum Onuoha is surplus to requirements at the club so City could look to Gabriel Cichero to plug the gap.

    Cichero is currently on loan at French Ligue 1 club Lens and is certainly no stranger to controversy himself after kicking SC Bastia director Alain Seghi in the face which caused a broken jaw, eye socket and nose.

Afterthoughts

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    Food for thought there for Manchester City supporters to chew on.

    Roberto Mancini almost has to buy and sell in January just to keep the pressure mounting on Manchester United if nothing else.

    The Christmas period is notorious for its fixture pileup in England, so injuries and suspensions become commonplace thus mounting the pressure onto squad players to get the job done.

    Manchester City have tremendous array of talent and strength in depth, but the moment they think that they have done enough is the time when they will be most vulnerable.

    David Silva has stated that he thinks Manchester United will push the Citizens all the way this season, and I have to agree with him.

    Any of the deals that have been mentioned in this slide would be beneficial to the club and just like everybody else, Manchester City fans will have to see what Santa brings.

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