Last season’s Premier League Champions Manchester City have a squad which is the envy of nearly the whole of the Premier League sides and the days of wholesale changes at the Etihad stadium appear to be over. They remain firmly hanging on to the coattails of bitter rivals Manchester United at the top of the Premier League. All Mancini appears to want to find is that final piece or two to complete the puzzle as City look to create the ultimate team ready to defend their title and be capable of Champions League superiority next season.
They notably were pipped to the post on the elite players this summer in the shape of Eden Hazard and Robin Van Persie and won’t want to settle for second best again in January. Sheikh Mansour’s financial backing means that money is no object as ever, as City look to exploit the transfer market for an elaborate gem before the financial fair play rules kick in.