Despite winning the Premier League twice in recent times, Manchester City are a club that need transition. They boast one of the oldest squads in the top flight, and that age appeared to catch up on them last year, as they seemed unable to keep up with Chelsea when the Blues stepped on the accelerator.
Unsurprisingly therefore, the Citizens’ chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has promised some high-profile signings to provide an injection of energy into Manuel Pellegrini’s squad (via Daily
And the Daily Mirror have suggested who is on the club’s shopping list:
Giannelli Imbula (Marseille)
The 22-year-old has been an important part of the Marseille side that spent much of the season in the Ligue 1 title race. While they ultimately fell short, Imbula remained one of their most consistent performers. His strongest attribute is arguably his tackling, which takes a lot of the pressure off the defence as he tends to sit in front of them. City’s back four have looked in trouble at times this year, and don’t boast a massive amount of pace with Pellegrini often opting for the experience of Martin Demichelis, so Imbula’s energy would provide a lot of help.
He has also contributed two goals and provided two assists for his teammates. The Mirror suggest that City will offer around £22m for the Frenchman.