Both Manchester City and Manchester United could become embroiled in a summer
bidding war as both clubs look to strengthen their squads and have identified a high quality centre back as key to their future plans.
City need to look at this area of the field as without Vincent Kompany they are prone to defensive errors and, even with Kompany, they still need a partner of the same pedigree as the Belgian.
Unfortunately City's £4.2m signing from Atletico Madrid, Martin Demichelis, has often fallen short in the big games. He was signed by Pellegrini as cover for Kompany during his injury troubles. Although against Barcelona he played well during the first half his sending off resulted in City facing an uphill struggle in the tie and he appears to lack the pace that is required in the Premier League. At 32 years of age he is also not likely to be a long term
member of the squad.
Are the likes of Joleon Lescott and Micah Richards the quality that City now demand?
There are not many areas of the pitch that City need to improve in but their defence could be one to look at.
Across the City Manchester United are going through a period of change with Nemanja Vidic announcing his departure from Old Trafford in the summer and continued doubts about the future of Rio Ferdinand. It is clear United need to look for a world-class player who can fill the void left by the Vidic-Ferdinand partnership.
United have looked to other defenders in their squad and none have disgraced themselves this season but I believe Moyes will want to develop a partnership that can rival the Vidic-Ferdinand one and over a long period of time. Can the likes of Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones do that? Or will Moyes want to use one of these players in partnership with a new world-class recruit who can help educate these youngsters?
Manchester United will not want a repeat of the summer farce that saw them miss out on a number of key targets. If they lose out to City in any bidding war it will be another significant step towards City gaining the upper hand over their rivals.
Who will United and City look to recruit?
They could look close to home and the Premier league. Everton and England's Phil Jagielka could be an option as any large transfer fee is unlikely to be rejected by Everton but is he the world-class player that they require? Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny has been impressive this season and is one of the most improved players this year.
Or could both clubs look abroad with the likes of Borussia Dortmund's imposing defender Mats Hummels, Juventus's Giorgio Chielini, Pepe from Real Madrid or Barcelona's Gerard Pique heading a long lost of potential signings.
Whatever happens, and whoever City and United decide to target, they will want to do so before the World Cup starts as transfer fees tend to escalate afterwards if players perform well.
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