In a position that Manuel Pellegrini has found it very hard to fill this season could Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen be the answer?
Pellegrini has rotated three centre-backs to partner club captain Vincent Kompany throughout the campaign, but it looks like they're in the market for an established centerback this summer to consistently partner him.
Kompany's regular partner has been veteran Martin Demichelis, although most City fans will be ruing that fact thanks to an error-prone campaign.
The error-prone Argentine has been the cause of many of Joe Hart's conceded goals this season, including a very high profile red card against Barcelona in the first leg of their Champion's League tie which ultimately cost City the tie.
Another option has been Joleon Lescott, but the England international has failed to impress Pelegrini for large portions of the campaign.
The promising selection looked to be 20-year-old Serbian defender Matija Nastasić, who has showcased great ability when he's played next to Kompany, but a mystery knee injury has kept him sidelined for some time and it's unclear when he's be dawning the sky blue shirt again.
Other names linked with Man City as recently as the January transfer window was Porto's highly rated French centerback Eliaquim Mangala. The 23-year-old is reported to cost a fee in excess of £30m, but when has an extortionate transfer fee ever stopped Man City before?
But it's the reported recommendation by Kompany of his international team-mate that has raised questions over whether he could be playing in Manchester next season, with Kompany used to playing with Vertonghen in the blossoming Belgian starting XI.
Vertonghen remains a firm part of Tottenham's plans but without Champions League football could quickly become disillusioned, with this summer's World Cup providing another window for the versatile defender to shine.
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