With Manchester City failing to recreate their enjoyable, free-flowing attacking style this season, boss Roberto Mancini was relieved of his duties this week.
City, who failed to reclaim the Premier League crown or win the FA Cup Final, have cast their minds back to last summer, when they missed out on their transfer targets. These included players like Javi Martinez, Eden Hazard, and, ultimately, Manchester United forward Robin van Persie, whose goals have guided his club to league glory.
So, who will Manchester City sign this summer to bolster their squad and give more depth and creativity to the side. With a reported 4-3-3 style to be employed by likely new manager Manuel Pellegrini next year, who will City look to sign to add to their existing squad?
Goalkeeper | Joe Hart
The City and England number one is potentially one of the best goalkeepers in world football. Despite a few mistakes, the 26-year old stopper has received the Premier League 'Golden Glove' award this season for most clean sheets, making it Hart's third consecutive 'Golden Glove' award.
Right-back | Pablo Zabaleta
The Argentine right-back has had his major breakthrough into the squad this season, after England full-back Micah Richards missed half of the season due to tearing cartilage in his knee.
It will be hard for Richards to anchor his name on the squad sheet next season, especially after Zabaleta's incredible season, which saw him be the only Manchester City player on the PFA Team of the Season this year.
Centre-back | Vincent Kompany
Skipper Vincent Kompany has recently expressed his desire to remain with the Citizens, warding off interest from European giants, such as Barcelona.
The Belgian defender is undoubtedly one of the best central defenders in world football. The 27-year old is solid at the back, passionate about the game, and shows great leadership on-and-off the pitch.
Centre-back | Matija Nastasic
The young Serbian defender has had an incredible debut season in the Premier League after his summer switch from Serie A side Fiorentina.
He is highly regarded amongst City fans, and has a bright future if his first season is anything to go by. He has already been faced with challenges such as Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund, and hence against players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Marco Reus and Robert Lewandowski.
Left-back | Gael Clichy
Manchester City have no real need to replace the French international left-back, who has had an average season at the Etihad.
An attacking full-back, known for his surging runs and attacking presence, Clichy can sometimes be vulnerable at the back, although he is possibly one of the highest quality left-backs in English football.
Right-wing | David Silva
The majestic Spaniard, David Silva, has been an outstanding player since he moved to the Etihad from Valencia in 2010.
The playmaker was relatively unknown, however, Silva has had an immense City career, with assists plentiful and skills much admired.
Central-midfield | Yaya Toure
The Ivorian powerhouse has become a cult-hero at the club ever since his signing from Barcelona in 2010.
Yaya Toure has been a regular name in the starting line-up for City, barely missing a minute of action for his club.
Attacking-midfield | Isco
Malaga's attacking midfielder Isco is expected to join the Blues this summer, especially with the club expected to appoint the Spaniard's current Malaga boss Manuel Pellegrini for the next campaign.
Isco, who has a £30 million buyout clause, can play in the creative midfield role, but also as a winger, where he would ideally be deployed if City were to adopt a 4-3-3 formation next season. The 21-year old has been likened to David Silva.
Left-wing | Fernandinho
Speculation concerning Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fernandinho joining City has recently began to 'hot-up'.
The Brazilian midfielder has been likened to existing player Yaya Toure, although he offers more of an attacking presence.
Striker | Edinson Cavani
The major area where City have underperformed this season is in the final third, and so there have been a lack of goals scored.
Bosnian forward Edin Dzeko has been relatively inconsistent this season, Sergio Aguero has been blighted by injuries throughout the year, and his compatriot Carlos Tevez has been the only consistent goalscorer and attacking threat.
City look to set right where they went wrong last summer, and bring in an in-demand striker who is capable of changing football matches and winning fixtures by scoring big goals. Napoli and Uruguay hitman Cavani is surely the man to do this, as he is currently the top goalscorer in Serie A, netting 28 times in 33 appearances.
Struggling striker Dzeko could be used as a makeweight in any deal for Cavani.
Striker | Sergio Aguero
24-year-old Sergio Aguero will forever be a legend in City fans' hearts, thanks to "that goal" against Queens Park Rangers in the 2011/2012 season.
However, the Argentine has failed to replicate his blistering form from last season, where he scored a total of 30 goals in his initial season at the club.
Despite this, Aguero has still scored 12 goals in all Premier League fixtures. The young centre forward has a lot of potential, and should he remain at the club next season, I would expect him to continue to improve, although Real Madrid and Barcelona are both interested.
With QPR being relegated, and Pantilimon seeking a move away from the club, Julio Cesar would be an ideal signing for the club. He could be obtained for a relatively low fee, and has essential experience.
Once a team regular, the English centre back has been frozen out by young Matija Nastasic.
Another man who was once a regular name on the team-sheet, but due to injury, will now find it difficult to regain his place as a result of Pablo Zabaleta's great form.
The young central midfielder has a bright future if he can keep hamstring injury-free, although he may find breaking into the first team a difficult task, particularly if City are interested in buying two or three central players this summer.
One of few players to always give 100%, it's a shame the midfielder isn't given as many opportunities as he deserves. Capable of playing centrally or on the wing, Milner is a player who could be in the starting lineup - if he proves himself to the new manager.
Once captain of the club and a talismanic striker, the Argentina international could leave this summer, with French side Monaco interested, and City looking to purchase a striker, like Edinson Cavani.
With City looking at a 4-3-3 formation, they will definitely need to sign an out-and-out winger. Jesus Navas of La Liga side Sevilla would most likely be available, and the Blues would have to splash around £20 million for the Spanish winger.
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