With Raheem Sterling secured and now joined up with the squad for the pre-season tour of Australia, Vincent Kompany said signing Sterling was 'the first step to regaining the title'. This begs the question, "what are the next steps?"
After looking back on last year most people would assume there'd be wholesale changes at Manchester City, initially speculation was rife about Yaya Toure going to Inter Milan to re-unite with Roberto Mancini, this is now looking like a non-starter.
So who should go? If you look across Man City's back line you would expect changes with either Gael Clichy or Aleksandr Kolarov being moved on (out of the pair Kolarov's final delivery would make him more likely to stay).
At centre back the best performer was Martín Demichelis, whose reputation has grown with each game and has become a fan favourite; Manuel Pellegrini will be expecting massive improvements from Kompany and Mangala who are both more than capable of bettering last season and Jason Denayer expected to be blooded into first team action.
Right-back can only see Sagna leave, it is a transfer that hasn't worked and leaves City with two right-backs over 30.
In centre midfield Fernandinho and Fernando are not players that will take City onto Premier League and Champions League glory. Elsewhere under performers and injury risks such as Navas, Nasri, Dzeko and Jovetic will be under scrutiny.
So onto who City should bring in. First of all they'll need a right and left-back. Candidates for left-back would include Baba Rahman, Fabio Coentrao or even homegrown candidates like Ryan Bertrand, Danny Rose or Aaron Cresswell would all improve City's current squad/first team.
At right-back Serge Aurier or Gregory van der Wiel from PSG would offer more competition for Zabaleta.
In centre midfield City had the slow pursuit of Pogba on the back burner since March. Other than that they missed opportunities to sign holding midfielders like Khedira or a return for Nigel de Jong for free transfers. Alex Song, Ross Barkley, Marco Reus, Mario Gotze, Isco, William Carvalho have been mooted in the papers.
Last season proved City need to adapt their system and play with more energy as their high pressing game was in stages which left pockets of space for the opposition to exploit and there appeared either a lack of motivation or lethargy in the centre of midfield.
This needs to be addressed and all of those players would again show signs of improvements rather than like for like replacements as they did by replacing Garcia with Fernando. Vidal would've represented great business but again Bayern have acted faster than City.
Out wide it is expected de Bruyne could be wearing the sky blue shirt next season which would be a great signing for City. However it wouldn't be a surprise if City made a statement while FFP is lifted and went for a player such as Gareth Bale.
Finally up front they need to look for strikers that will offer different things, for example Charlie Austin would be an English hold up striker while Alexandre Lacazette would offer a speedy, on the shoulder finisher.
City cannot be sentimental and wait for the under-performers to find their spark and desire again. They need to be aggressive in the transfer market and act swiftly.
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