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Ambitious January Transfer Targets for Manchester City

Phil KeidelContributor IIOctober 2, 2013

Ambitious January Transfer Targets for Manchester City

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    City hope to still be playing Champions League football in January.
    City hope to still be playing Champions League football in January.Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

    As I write this, the calendar has just barely edged into October and the temperature outside is forecast to sail up toward (maybe even past) 80 degrees Fahrenheit here.

    Naturally, then, this piece is about which players Manchester City might reach for in the upcoming January transfer window, by which time it will be getting dark too early and staying cold too long.

    So why are we looking so far ahead? Because at Bleacher Report, we give the people what they want. And my archives tell me you are quite fond of looking into the trusty crystal ball to see who the Sky Blues might be thinking of bringing in.

    Personally, I have more fun with the assignments that ask me who ought to be sold off. I could give you 500 words on Javi Garcia's need to leave Manchester in the blink of an eye.

    For now, though, let's just stay true to the headline.

Adil Rami

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    Rami would surely firm up City's iffy central defense.
    Rami would surely firm up City's iffy central defense.Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images

    You will probably notice a theme as we traipse through the transfer landscape. Manchester City have all the attacking players they need.

    City's four strikers would start for almost any side, and Sergio Aguero is in the discussion for the title of best striker in the Premier League.

    In the midfield, Yaya Toure is scoring nearly at will and the tandem of Fernandinho and Jesus Navas are gradually finding their respective ways into the offensive flow.

    City also have gifted playmakers in Samir Nasri and David Silva.

    What they need is another centre-back. Valencia star Adil Rami would certainly do nicely.

    As the Metro's Jamie Sanderson recently put it:

    Manchester City are set to go for Valencia defender Adil Rami in January after he was put for sale by manager Miroslav Djukic. Rami is widely considered to be one of the best centre backs in European football, having established himself with the La Liga side after joining from Lille. City boss Manuel Pellegrini is leading the chase for the France international, and is expected to push through a deal to sign him.

    If City do land Rami, it would be interesting to see whether he would instantly depose Matija Nastasic as a starter alongside Vincent Kompany.

    At worst, Rami would be needed cover for City's two starting centre-backs, each of whom have missed time due to injury already this season.

Iker Casillas

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    It is hard to say whether City have serious interest in Casillas, but they probably should.
    It is hard to say whether City have serious interest in Casillas, but they probably should.Burak Kara/Getty Images

    The only thing about Iker Casillas that the European media seems to agree on is that Casillas is probably going to leave Real Madrid at the end of this season.

    As reported by talkSPORT.com this week: 

    The Real Madrid legend is currently playing second fiddle to Diego Lopez—he is yet to start a La Liga game this term—and his situation is believed to have alerted a number of European clubs, including Manchester City.

    The same piece recalled that bit from a little while back where new City winger Jesus Navas helpfully pushed City incumbent keeper Joe Hart under a moving train.

    "City winger Jesus Navas previously endorsed the idea of his national team-mate joining him at the Etihad Stadium," talkSPORT.com noted.

    Hart had to love hearing that from a new teammate.

Pecks

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    Pellegrini's familiarity with Pecks might make City more likely to pursue him aggressively.
    Pellegrini's familiarity with Pecks might make City more likely to pursue him aggressively.Lennart Preiss/Getty Images

    Manchester City's appetite for youthful centre-backs seems insatiable these days.

    Per The Mirror, "Newcastle, Manchester City and Tottenham have been told they will have to pay £8m for Gil Vicente defender Pecks."

    The same story notes that City boss Manuel Pellegrini "had been linked with the 20-year-old tough-tackling centre-back after he broke through to the Portuguese side's first team."

    Pecks is a young player who may not be ready for the high pressure environment at the Etihad.

    Then again, the same might have been said of Matija Nastasic last season, and that turned out all right.

Diego Godin

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    Interest in Godin remains keen from many big clubs.
    Interest in Godin remains keen from many big clubs.David Ramos/Getty Images

    Charles Perrin of the Express observed recently that "Borussia Dortmund could jostle with Manchester City for Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin in January."

    The same report noted that it was Martin Demichelis, not Godin, that City brought in from Atletico Madrid during the last transfer window.

    But Demichelis was injured shortly after arriving at the Etihad, and City are hardly a side with the luxury to wait for Demichelis to heal up and then bed in.

    Godin would join a crowded backfield on the blue side of Manchester. Success may require that for the Citizens, though, given how grueling their season projects to be as they are presently contending for four trophies.

Kurt Zouma

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    Zouma is on Liverpool's target list, too.
    Zouma is on Liverpool's target list, too.

    If you have watched Manchester City for the past few seasons, you know too well how much trouble City have when Vincent Kompany does not play.

    Of course, if you watched City over the weekend, you know how much trouble they sometimes have even when Kompany does play.

    Per Alan Nixon of The Mirror, "Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini wants centre-half Kurt Zouma to solve his problem position. The St-Etienne starlet is available and can also play in Europe."

    I have questions about this one—Zouma is really young and fairly untested—but if he can be acquired for £7 million he might be a bargain.

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