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Manchester City: The five players needed to win title

Wilshere is one of the top midfielders in the Premier midfielders (©GettyImages)
Wilshere is one of the top midfielders in the Premier midfielders (©GettyImages).

After Manchester City became English champions for the first time since 1968 it was predicted that the "noisy neighbours" had started a new era of success in Manchester.

But this dream was shortlived as Manchester United regained their title as they sealed their 20th league title. 

Below are the five transfers I believe Manchester City should make in order to alter the power shift in Manchester and bring the league title back to the Etihad Stadium.

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At number five on my list we have Leighton Baines, 28. For the past two seasons in my opinion, Baines has been the best left-back in world football, finally taking over Ashley Cole. 

The Liverpool born Baines is known around the footballing world for his great link-up play and amazing work with dead-ball situations.

Last campaign, Leighton managed 8 goals and 8 assists for Everton which is highly impressive - even for a midfield player.

Everton have valued the full-back at £20 million which is a hefty price, but I think he would be worth every penny. 

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At number four on this list we have Paul Pogba, the ex-Manchester United player. The 20-year-old recently captained France to the Under-20 world cup and play exceptional throughout the tournament.

After leaving United for Serie A champions Juventus, Pogba has made a real name for himself, making 27 appearances, getting the nod in front of the likes of Andrea Pirlo and Claudio Marchisio.

The Frenchman is a very versatile midfielder, big, strong and fast. He can play in a defensive role and stop the opposition from creating chances, or vice versa, he can play an attacking role and create them.

The 20-year-old is said to be worth £18 million which seems such a bargain, in my opinion, Manchester City should buy him before he is valued at a even higher price in the future.

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Here at number three, we have one of the most deadly strikers in the world, Robert Lewandowski. The 24-year-old Borussia Dortmund hitman is heavily linked with a move to Bayern Munich on a free transfer next summer.

If Manchester City want him, they will have to act now. Lewandowski has managed to score 54 goals in 98 games for the German club and has 54 caps for his country.

If the striker is not sold to Bayern on a free transfer, the Polish goal scorer is said to be valued at £34 million. This seems like a lot of money, but he is prolific already at the age of 24, and with around 10 years of a career left, the valuation feels right.

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This player may have been most people's number one, but at my number two, we have Gareth Bale. The 23-year-old Welsh international made the Premier League erupt last season with constant displays of pace, power, skill and goals.

Bale managed to score an impressive 26 goals last season from the wing and because of this has tempted the likes of Manchester United and Real Madrid to buy him. 

The double player of the year has already made 186 club appearances at the top level of the game. 

Bale has been heavily linked with Real Madrid and has been valued at a world-record breaking £100 million. 

This would beat Cristiano Ronaldo's transfer record of £80 million in 2009 when he moved to Real Madrid from Manchester United.

Ex Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini had this to say about Gareth Bale in 2011. "Perhaps he is the only player who is not a striker that can make a difference. Without him, Tottenham loses 50% of their potential."

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Finally, we are here at number one of my list of players who can make the difference. The top player that can make the difference at Manchester City is, Jack Wilshere. 

Hit with injury, Wilshere was out for the whole 2011/2012 campaign, but he is back and better than ever.

The 21-year-old is possibly England's most talented player for a number of years.

Like Paul Pogba, the Arsenal midfielder is very versatile, he's quick, athletic, and a box-to-box midfielder with all the talent and skill to become a great.

Wilshere has been linked with a move to Barcelona and Bayern Munich in the past and is said to be worth around £35 million.

If Manchester City want the Arsenal man then I suggest they do business quick because he could be the replacement for the likes of Andres Iniesta or Bastian Schweinsteiger.

 

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