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Manchester City: potential summer transfer targets

By Simon Rice

Published 24/06/2011 | 05:37

<b>Leighton Baines</b><br/>
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.
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.
Gary Cahill
Another Englishman to have been heavily linked with a move to Eastlands is Cahill. The Bolton defender has become one of the most sought after centre-backs in the Premier League thanks to his consistent displays and subsequent call-up to the England fray. Arsenal are also thought to be interested while Bolton will be seeking more than £20m for the 25-year-old.
Jan Vertonghen
Ajax defender Vertonghen proved a rock at the back for his club last season, helping them clinch their first Eredivise title since 2004. Current City defender Vincent Kompany was quoted as saying: "Jan is ready to make the next step and is good enough for Manchester City. I am sure that he will succeed at his next club, regardless of whether he joins us or decides to move elsewhere. He is simply a fantastic footballer." The big Belgian is another defender to have been linked with Arsenal.
Wesley Sneijder
Dutch international Sneijder has been linked with every major club this summer thanks to his fine displays in the Inter Milan midfield. Manchester City are one of those clubs and thanks to their huge resources in terms of salary payments, are in a good position to compete for his services. He may yet remain in Italy as reports over his future paint a confusing picture, from a desire to live in London to having his heart set on a switch to United.
Alexis Sanchez
City are understood to be in pole position for the signature of Sanchez. The 22-year-old has been attracting much attention and is going to cost a vast sum of money if his club are going to agree to any deal. Udinese owner Gianpaolo Pozzo was quoted: "Sanchez? The right offer has yet to arrive. Thirty five million euros is not enough for Sanchez. We already turned down a similar offer. A higher offer is needed." The Chile international scored 12 goals to help propel Udinese to Champions League qualification last season.
Gareth Bale
As much as Tottenham insist Bale will not be sold, an audacious bid from Manchester City for the Welshman remains a possibility. Some reports claim City are readying a £40m bid for last season's Player of the Year. Spurs' failure to qualify for the Champions League could be used if the 21-year-old decides he wishes to push for a move.
Javier Pastore
Argentine playmaker Pastore has been linked with both City and Chelsea, but any potential suitor has been told it will cost at least £41m to convince Palermo to sell. "Pastore will not leave for less than ?50m," said their president Maurizio Zamparini. The 21-year-old was Palermo's leading scorer last term and with a contract until 2015 the Serie A side are in a strong position when it comes to negotiations.
Giuseppe Rossi
Rossi is reportedly a target for Barcelona, but with the Catalans yet to make a bid, City have begun showing signs of interest. Having played for Manchester United, Rossi would be an intriguing acquisition. "It would be a dream for Giuseppe to play for a big club like Barcelona. However, there is nothing concrete at the moment. Several teams have made their interest known," said his agent. Villareal will be able to command a huge fee for the 24-year-old striker, who Tottenham tried to sign in January.
David Villa
Possibly the most outlandish rumour concerning City is their reported interest in Barcelona and Spain striker Villa. It's claimed that the Catalans want to boost their transfer kitty by selling on the striker, who joined them last summer. Should that be the case, City are ready to make a move, although his arrival at Eastlands seems about as likely as City signing Cesc Fabregas, who they have also been linked with in some quarters of the press.

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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