Is a Brazilian what Sven needs to take Man City up a level in the Premier League?

Football FanCast columnist Rob Facey reacts to reports
that Manchester City are lining up a £10m bid for Diego and poses the question
as to whether the Brazilian is the type of player that Sven needs to awake this
sleeping giant.

Sven-Goran Eriksson is planning an audacious bid for
Brazilian star Diego despite reports that Man City owner, Thaksin Shinawatra,
is considering a change of manager.

According to The
Guardian
, Eriksson will spend in excess of £10m to land the Werder Bremen
midfielder who has won the Bundesliga player of the year award. However,
Shinawatra has already bankrolled a lot of flops at Eastlands and this could be
the former England boss's final chance.

Shinawatra had
hoped to sign a more established superstar and made plans to offer for Ronaldinho
after being alerted to the Brazilian's availability from Barcelona.

However, Eriksson
is focused on Diego, a player that has also scored 25 goals in 57 appearances
since moving to Germany from Porto in 2006.

City started the season so strongly this year but have since
downed tools for the season and are heading for mid-table obscurity. Considering
their brushes with relegation in previous years this could be considered a
success, but Shinawatra is a famously impatient man.

Assuming that Eriksson stays on at Man City, is Diego the
sort of player that they need to push into the elite of the Premier League? Is
buying a big name the right way to build a successful team – and can Diego be
that player? What would be a realistic expectation for City next season?