Blimey, the way the Eastlands club is being linked to countless big name players, you’d think they were owned by a billionaire with limitless wealth…
Manchester City are interested in Wolfsburg’s striker Edin Dzeko but will not pander to attempts by Steve McClaren’s club to drum up interest in him before a €40m (£34m) release clause expires on Monday.
The fact that Dzeko can be purchased at a far lower price next week makes any serious discussions for his signature improbable in the short term, though the Bosnian player has been watched by Roberto Mancini, the striker having been in prolific form for his club since joining from Czech side Teplice in 2007, scoring 54 goals in 94 games for his club. But a move for a player in his bracket reflects the fact that Mancini will have to lower his sights following his club’s failure to qualify for the Champions League and after all but giving up on Fernando Torres being lured away from Liverpool this summer.
City were also last night in discussions with Real Madrid over the transfers of the Argentinian midfielder Fernando Gago and his compatriot, the striker Gonzalo Higuain. They are also still keen to bring in James Milner from Aston Villa and the German international defender Jerome Boateng from Hamburg. (Independent)
Now this is at least a reputable source and one who doesn’t usually bandy about names just for the sake of it. Roberto Mancini appears to want to completely change it up at Man City. Partly because he may feel that fifth place is just not good enough and partly so that the club has more of his own players in it.
Of the five named the two players who for me really stick out as genuinely top notch players are Gonzalo Higuain and James Milner. Both are at the top of their games and arguably both may well be keen on a move to the City of Manchester Stadium. It would seem that a winger may be a more pressing need than yet another striker but the Real Madrid man is in my view as good as any player currently in the City attack.
Of the others I wouldn’t rate Fernando Gago as a worthy addition. He does the obvious things well but is by no means a world beater, hence his lack of first team activity at the Bernabeu. He is adaptable so perhaps that is something Mancini values. Edin Dzeko has had two great seasons at Wolfsburg and may well be a good buy but perhaps the jump to the Premier League may not work for him? Also the Bundesliga side want far too much for his services. Jerome Boateng seemed fairly likely to complete his move to the club a few weeks ago but a deal has still not been ironed out.
Who do City fans think the club should buy and who needs to be offloaded in order to push the club towards that coveted top four finish.