Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Manchester City: potential summer transfer targets

Leighton Baines
With a host of players including Wayne Bridge, Jerome Boateng, Aleksandr Kolarov and Pablo Zabaleta having failed to cement the left-back position, City have been linked with an £18m move for Baines. The England international was voted Everton's player of the season last term and would complement City's policy of trying to bring in English talent where possible. Everton will fight any deal, particularly to City, with whom they were angered during the sale of Joleon Lescott in 2009.

Now that the hex of having not won a trophy for 35 years has been lifted, Manchester City are now fully expected to push on and challenge for bigger things.

Owner Sheikh Mansour appears willing to spend whatever is necessary, but Uefa's Financial Fair Play rules will stimy the wild spending sprees seen in previous transfer windows. Even so, a couple of big name signings can still be expected this summer.

Here, we analyse the players that have been linked in the press and online with a switch to Eastlands.

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