Eastlands boss wants to spend spend spend…but why?
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Roberto Mancini will be handed £50million to spend in January to get Manchester City’s title challenge back on track.
The City hierarchy have told Mancini they will spend whatever it takes to revive the club’s title hopes following Monday’s 2-1 home defeat to Everton.
That result cost City the chance of going top of the table at Christmas for the first time in 81 years, and the club’s mega-rich owners are determined to address the shortcomings in Mancini’s squad.
Top of the City manager’s list is a new striker to ease the burden on captain and leading scorer Carlos Tevez, who has now pledged his future to the club after withdrawing a transfer request.
City have scored just nine times at home in the league this season – only Birmingham and Wigan have managed fewer in the top-flight. That is why Mancini is looking at the possibility of signing two strikers next month.
Wolfsburg’s £30m-rated Edin Dzeko and Porto’s Brazilian forward Hulk, who would cost around £20m, are his top January targets, but the City boss is also planning a swoop for Barcelona full-back Dani Alves. (Daily Mirror)
Clearly money is no object at Man City but does Roberto Mancini therefore splash large sums on yet more players? The Eastlands side would’ve gone top of the Premier League but for a poor showing at home to Everton and have generally had a very good season thus far and maybe those in charge need to start thinking about realistic goals.
At the beginning of the season the aim appeared to be to secure a top four finish and currently Mancini is well on target for that so why the need to spend more money? The club is linked to two more attacking options by this source and yet the Man City manager only tends to play with one up front so where will Edin Dzeko and Hulk fit into his plans?
Carlos Tevez is sure of course the club’s first choice striker but the likes of Emmanuel Adebayor sit back and wait patiently so the idea that the club would invest such huge sums in yet wasted options? A move for Dani Alves does at least make some sense and the Barcelona wing back shows some sign of unhappiness about the offer he has been made by the Catalan club in the way of a new contract, so that may pave the way for a move for the Brazilian international.
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