Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 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.
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.
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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