Marco Reus shouldn't be Manchester City's main transfer target

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There's no doubting the fact Marco Reus is a truly world class footballer, but is he the man Manchester City should focus their attention on next summer?

The Borussia Dortmund man is said to be a target for a number of Premier League clubs, with City expected to lead the chase for his signature.

While his talent can't be questioned, whether or not he's the missing piece in the Manchester City jigsaw is certainly up for debate.

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Should a player of his caliber become available, it's only natural City will be in the race to sign him, but Manuel Pellegrini should look to address other areas of his squad before splashing the cash on the exciting German international.


At his best, Reus is one of the best wingers in world football, but City aren't short of talented wide men of their own, with David Silva, Samir Nasri, Jesus Navas and James Milner all fighting it out for a place in Pellegrini's 11.

Where City could perhaps use an injection of creative nous is central midfield. While Fernandinho and Fernando are able partners for Yaya Toure, they're unlikely to rip teams apart with defence-spliting passes.

What must be cause for concern for City is that the only other central midfielder in their ranks who's looked capable of scoring and creating goals is Frank Lampard, a 36-year-old veteran who will be showcasing his talents in New York before the season's end.

City's dependance on Toure has been overwhelmingly evident at the start of the season. The Ivorian has struggled to replicate the form that brought him 20 league goals last campaign, and in turn the Premier League champions have looked far from at their best.

This summer La Liga's big two, Real Madrid and Barcelona, signed Toni Kroos and Ivan Rakitic, two players who can dictate games from the middle of the park before creating a chance out of nothing.

With Toure being the wrong side of 30, it's only a matter of time before he needs replacing, regardless of form. With Kroos and Rakitic off the market, City should look at former Manchester United youngster Paul Pogba or his Juventus teammate Arturo Vidal.

Goal threat

Should City pursue their interest in Reus, they will be adding a man who assists goals for fun, but who will be there to finish off his mazey dribbles and expert crosses?

Of course Sergio Aguero remains the first choice striker at the Etihad, and rightly so, but in Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic do City have enough support for their Argentine goalscorer?

Dzeko has at times been brilliant, his finest performance coming in a 5-1 mauling of Tottenham at the start of the league winning 2011/2012 campaign. And it was his header which got City level against QPR on that memorable final day.

However, whether or not he's good enough to lead the line for a team with aspirations of winning the Champions League is a different matter.

Third-choice Jovetic has talent, that much is clear, but having spent more time on the physio's table than on the pitch since joining City, it's impossible to rely on him.

When looking at forking out on a marquee signing next summer, Pellegrini could do a lot worse than tempt Karim Benzema away from Real Madrid. A Champions League winner who's finishing ability matches that of Aguero.

Financial Fair Play

Another thing to consider for the City hierarchy are the financial fair play sanctions that limited their spending to £49million this summer.

Though their spending will not be capped next year, it's important the board keep within the strict regulations in order to avoid future punishment.

Reus is rumoured to have a £20million buy-out clause that comes into play in the summer window, but should City trigger it, that's £20million they can spend on more vulnerable areas.

Of course, that price-tag would represent value for money for a world class talent, but City already have wingers who, given the right support from central areas and a deadly strikeforce ahead of them, are capable of taking them to where they want to be; the top of European football.

Signing Reus would signal City's ambition, but signing a world class central midfielder and a top quality partner for Aguero would help them realise their goals.

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