Transfer Window Analysis: Manchester City

Jesus Navas is Man City's second signing already this summer

Having looked at the champions' dealings so far, Christian Crowther stops off at the noisy neighbours next...

"These big-money moves, plus Pellegrini's appointment, highlight just how serious City are in trying to wrestle the title back off Man United."

Will they have much to spend?
How long is a piece of string? Man City's Emirati owners have more wealth than you can sheikh a stick at and they're not afraid to use it. In the summer of the 2010/11 season, Sheikh Mansour and the Abu Dhabi United Group sanctioned around £126 millions worth of transfers alone, including £24 million a pop for Yaya Toure and David Silva before shelling out a similar fee on Mario Balotelli. Money is no object at the Etihad, period.

Have they done any business yet?
Despite not quite having Manuel Pellegrini installed as their new manager, City's barren campaign left their owners in no mood to hang about. Firstly, a reported £30 million deal was sewn up to land Shakhtar's Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho earlier this month and since then Spain's highly-rated winger Jesus Navas has put to paper on a four-year deal worth an initial £14.9m. These big-money moves, plus Pellegrini's appointment, highlight just how serious City are in trying to wrestle the title back off Man United, with their chances rated at 3.45 currently.

What do they need?
This may yet depend on who leaves the Etihad, though potentially this could involve several positions. With Carlos Tevez and Aleksandar Kolarov potentially Juventus-bound, that will mean a left-back and a striker for starters. Meanwhile, Joleon Lescott could be following Kolo Toure out too, making another centre-back a priority too. Vincent Kompany's susceptibility to injury last season makes the case for defensive reinforcement yet stronger.

Who would be a good fit?
Edinson Cavani is used to wearing a sky blue shirt at Napoli and could easily slip into another one in Manchester. The Uruguayan is strong and athletic, meaning the adaptation process to the Premier League should come easily and his prolific nature speaks for itself. Highly-rated 19-year-old Lucas Digne of Lille could be the answer at left-back with a view to the future while they have the money to blow any other bidder out the water to grab Wales captain Ashley Williams.

Is there anyone they'll struggle to keep?
If rumours are to be believed then City may struggle to hold on to both Tevez and Edin Dzeko during this long summer window. Tevez's troubles in England are well documented and the market has the Argentine down as short as 1.211/5 not to be at City after the transfer window. Disgruntled by his lack of starts, Dzeko's chances of remaining at the Etihad are also narrow according to his 1.434/9 price to leave.

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