Speculation surrounding the numerous players supposedly on their way to Manchester City this summer has inevitably been rife, yet manager Roberto Mancini´s first signing could be one that has slipped under the radar.
The Blues´ boss is thought to be on the verge of signing Arsenal´s Gael Clichy in a deal worth around £7m, suggesting Mancini has still not solved the problematic left-back spot he inherited when taking over from Mark Hughes. Aleksandar Kolarov, while looking good going forward, has not quite convinced defensively since his signing from Lazio last July while Wayne Bridge and Jerome Boateng are both set to leave the club. The versatile Pablo Zabaleta has possibly looked the most comfortable in the role yet the Argentine international is predominantly right-footed, something the City boss needs to rectify if he is to get the balance of his team right.
Clichy, 25, is out of contract next year and, although Gunners´ boss Arsene Wenger is hopeful he will stay, the Frenchman has so far failed to agree terms and is interesting both Liverpool and Roma. The Merseysiders had a £5m bid rejected earlier this month but City´s higher offer could persuade the London club to do business when the player returns from holiday.
Mancini is still on the lookout for a new striker no matter Carlos Tevez´s decision on his City future, which has again been thrown into doubt with Inter captain Javier Zanetti insisting Tevez has told him he wants to leave: “I
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