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Top three: Manchester City summer transfer targets

Will Fellaini be a Manchester City player next season? (©GettyImages)
Will Fellaini be a Manchester City player next season? (©GettyImages).

 

With Manchester United having been crowned Premier League champions for 2012/13, let's look at where Manchester City could improve for next year's campaign.

Marouane Fellaini | Everton

This season, City have yet again had an exceptional defensive record. In the 36 Premier League games played so far, only 31 goals have been conceded. This is heavily down to the Citizens' incredibly talented defenders.

Matija Nastasic has had an incredible season and, as expected, skipper Vincent Kompany has been solid. However, I believe that what City have lacked this season is strength and energy in central midfield. While many will argue that Yaya Toure demonstrates these qualities, the Ivorian powerhouse is best deployed in an advanced position; demonstrated by outstanding performances, particularly in the FA Cup.

Javi Garcia, signed for £16m last August from Benfica, has been yet another letdown transfer for City, while Gareth Barry has been fairly inconsistent. 

I believe that Marouane Fellaini, who reportedly has a £22m buyout clause, would be a devastating addition to City's midfield. The 25-year old Belgian has scored 11 goals and created five more this season, guiding Everton to a probable sixth-place finish, above bitter rivals Liverpool. 

Christian Eriksen | Ajax

Another area where I believe that Manchester City have under-performed this season is in the "creative three" of the preferred 4-2-3-1 formation.

While James Milner has been consistent throughout, players like Samir Nasri and, surprisingly, the miraculous magician David Silva, have not performed to their fullest potential this season. Both Silva and Nasri, in particular, have begun to provide quality performances as of late.

Despite this, I expect Nasri to move on in the summer, making way for a young, quality central attacking midfielder, who has bags of potential.

With Borussia Dortmund starlet Mario Gotze having agreed to join German big guns and rivals Bayern Munich, I expect City's director of football Txiki Begiristain to launch a bid for the 21-year-old Denmark international, who currently has eight goals to his name in the Eredivisie. 

Eriksen showed huge promise in Champions League fixtures against City in the group stages, displaying an array of both passing and shooting ability.

Edinson Cavani | Napoli

Last, but by no means least, is Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani.

The Napoli hit-man has netted a total of 28 goals this season, including a remarkable 23 goals in Serie A. Manchester City have lacked a consistent goalscorer this season, with Edin Dzeko surprisingly at the head of the table.

Former skipper, Carlos Tevez, is still in the dark over a possible new contract, and compatriot Sergio Aguero has suffered from several injuries throughout the course of the campaign.

The Napoli star won't come in cheap, with Napoli claiming that they won't sell the Uruguayan for anything less than his apparent £52m buyout clause, although a part-exchange deal involving Dzeko could reduce the fee to a more plausible £25-30m. 

 

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