A disappointing start to 2015 has seen Manchester City relinquish their Premier League crown after failing to keep up with runaway leaders Chelsea having matched them stride for stride in the first part of the season.
It’s ultimately been a frustrating campaign for the Citizens, however after appearing in danger of falling out of the top four a few weeks ago, four wins on the bounce have at least ensured a decent finish to the season as they look to wrap up second place.
Their failure to put up a better title defence, as well as their inability to progress past the last 16 of the Champions League has highlighted the need to spend big again this summer as they look to strengthen their squad, as this transfer window is arguably their most important for a number of years.
Some big names look set to depart the club over the next few months, with Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure perhaps the biggest star whose time at the Etihad appears to be coming to an end.
One of City’s most influential players in recent seasons is being considered by a host of clubs, with Serie A his most likely destination, and should the 31-year-old make the switch; brining in a suitable replacement will be a must for Manuel Pellegrini.
And Italy has just the man in Paul Pogba. A player Manchester City should be doing their upmost to sign this summer.
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Formerly at rivals Manchester United, the 22-year-old has already developed into one of the world’s best midfielders as he continues to impress at Juventus, and looks set for a mega-money transfer in the not too distant future.
The Frenchman has played a pivotal role in another league title for the Italian giants, and despite finding himself just 90 minutes away from the Champions League final; Juventus face a struggle to keep hold of their main asset for much longer.
He will prove costly, but in Pogba;City have the ideal replacement for Toure and it’s this type of marquee signing that the club require in order to challenge for trophies again next season, and ensure their midfield becomes more solid after looking weak at certain points this term.
Yes they will need to strengthen in other areas of the team, but singing Pogba will signal their intent to get back to the top, and at just 22 he could become the focal point of their midfield for the next ten years, making the investment all the more worthwhile.
The battle for Pogba’s signature will be a fierce one, but that’s hardly surprising given his all-round ability. A goalscorer, a creator, great in possession, strong in the air and equally adept when defending, he really does have the lot and certainly makes you wonder what United were playing at.
His love for Juventus can’t be doubted, but although they may get another season out of him it’s clear he is destined to take that final step up the ladder, most likely with a move to La Liga or the Premier League.
Reports this week suggested City have already held talks with the midfielder, but with PSG, Barcelona, Real Madrid and even Manchester United all chasing the French star, where he will end up is anyone’s guess.
But if Pellegrini’s side can win the race and pull of a deal for the Juve ace, they will certainly be a force to be reckoned with next season.