After a defeat to league leaders Liverpool on Sunday, Manchester City are now seven points adrift of Brendan Rodgers and his men. However the so called 'noisy neighbours' came agonisingly close to what would have been an incredible comeback.
After going two-goals behind after 30-minutes, the game seemed to be edging further away from Manuel Pellegrini's side, who had talisman Sergio Aguero back on the bench after sustaining a hamstring injury in their win over Tottenham earlier in the season.
Despite managing to equalise after controlling the majority of the second half, Phillipe Coutinho clinched the win for the league leaders after another clanger of a clearance from Captain Vincent Kompany, who also scored a laughable own goal against Fulham in December.
With Sergio Aguero seemingly fit and back in the mix of things for City, this is obviously a huge positive regardless of the seven point deficit. However, is this return a cue for the likes of Stefan Jovetic and Edin Dzeko to pack their bags this summer?
Dzeko has been given his chance in the absence of Sergio Aguero, who despite having missed a large fraction of the season, still has four-more goals than his strike partner in the league this year. Yet, after failing to score against Liverpool on Sunday, the Bosnian striker received a fair amount of criticism.
Having made 25 league appearances this season, the striker has managed to net just 11 times, with midfielder Yaya Toure sitting pretty on 18 - an embarrassing figure for any striker.
Now with Manchester City's track record, they are not a club afraid of throwing money around during the transfer window. After spending £103million on this campaigns crop, it is inevitable the City Sheikhs will spend big again this summer, possibly bringing in another striker.
So, replacing players like Toure, Aguero and Negredo is highly unlikely with players of this ilk being either new editions to Pellegrini's ever-growing squad, or the fact that they're just too good to let go.
This leaves the likes of Dzeko, Jovetic and those who are either already on the fringes or those who are simply under-performing pondering whether it's worth their while to warm the City bench.
WIth a squad bursting with International talent, the risk of upsetting the odd 'star' is incontrovertible, however if Dzeko was to request a move this summer, he would be saving himself and Pellegrini the hassle of another player/manager feud.
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