Should Manchester City be contemplating these signings?

Football FanCast columnist Rob Facey wonders whether
Kaka, Torres and Messi are the players Man City should be chasing when they are
in such obvious need of a solid base.

Man City are set to buy a
cavalcade of superstars next month, if reports are to be believed, but surely a
strong defence is what Mark Hughes' team needs in order to get some consistency
in the Premier League.

The huge injection of cash
has raised expectations at City to an unrealistic level and the club's erratic
form is only adding fuel to rumours that the club are going to spend big in
January.

"They are going for
a big player,"

a source, who has been involved in the discussions, said yesterday, as reported
in The Independent.

"If they really
want to be a big club and move to a new level they need to get a big player in
and that would mean one of Kaka, Messi, Ronaldo or Tevez, because of his
availability.

"Unless a player like
that can be signed then it will be a struggle and the sooner it is done the
better, which means trying to do so in January. Then others will follow."

But are these the signings
that Man City need to be making at this moment in time?

These are the sort of
players that were always going to be linked with a move to Eastlands given then
incredible wealth at the clubs disposal, but surely recent weeks have only
highlighted the importance of a solid base to the squad.

It is very unlikely that
Mark Hughes was going to start the season with three strikers but, no doubt
under pressure from insiders and fans, he has managed to shoehorn Robinho, Shaun
Wright-Phillips and Jo into the starting line up, albeit with mixed results.

When they are good, like
they were against Arsenal, they are very, very good. However, when they are bad
then they have millions of pounds worth of players not doing a great deal.

Surely a solid back four is
where they need to start?

Joe Hart is a promising
goalkeeper but the defence seems to consist mainly of Richard Dunne and a few
others. Micah Richards has not only lost his place in the England squad, but
has also lost his popular status within the club.

Attacking players will
always grab the headlines so it is understandable that the Abu Dhabi Group, who
clearly have a limited grasp of how football transfers work, will think that
filling it with the likes of Kaka and Torres will result in immediate success.

Are any of these transfers
realistic? Money wise the club can buy them, but even with Robinho having his
say, will they really give up Champions League football for Man City?

Defenders
must be the number one priority, but whether City buys any is an altogether
different story.

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