Manchester City transfer window preview: Departures, needs, and arrivals

Giuseppe Bellini

The lowdown on Manchester City's window ahead, including likely arrivals, departures, and targets.

Arrivals

Striker

With midfield seemingly done and dusted thanks to the arrivals of Jesus Navas and Fernandinho, Manchester City's next priority is a new striker. One name, Cavani, stands out over all others.

Edinson Cavani

Manchester City are believed to be in pole position here, with suggestions Edin Dzeko could move in the opposite direction as part of the deal, but Real Madrid and Chelsea are also in the hunt for a forward, so this could be a very high-profile bidding war. Because of the multiple parties interested, a deal is likely some way off.

Luis Suarez

This seems like a case of two and two being put together, and no real big sources seem to have put their names to this particularly confidently, so it's safe to assume it's not likely to happen. On the other hand, with plenty of top clubs competing for strikers, it's not inconceivable that City could find themselves left with no real alternative if they're desperately in need of someone.

Gonzalo Higuain

Leaving Real Madrid this summer for sure, although likely to be a second-choice option for Manchester City. Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain are more likely to make this signing, so even if City do end up having to go for their Plan B, they may find that someone else has already made a move.

Defenders

Having taken care of business elsewhere in the team if a striker is signed, City may look to bolster their backline, with Joleon Lescott's form indifferent and Kolo Toure having left the club.

Adil Rami

Rami could be leaving Valencia this summer, so some sources have suggested that City may make a move. Unfortunately, like Suarez, there doesn't appear to be much in the way of a concrete link, so this one isn't the most likely for now.

Pepe

This seemed like a silly rumour at first, but it's one that's picked up pace, and there is some logic behind it. The centre-back may have fallen out with Mourinho, but that was due to a sound decision - replacing him with Raphael Varane. A change of manager won't alter the fact that the young Frenchman is a superior option right now, so Madrid may look to cash in, and City might be the ones to exploit that, if they can pay the reported £20m fee.

Others

Isco

A much-touted move for the coveted wonderkid this summer, although will be interesting to see if City still make their move after signing Navas and Fernandinho. The player himself has even expressed a desire to continue working with Manuel Pellegrini, who will almost certainly be Roberto Mancini's replacement at the Etihad Stadium.

Departures

Carlos Tevez

It's increasingly being felt that now might, at long last, be the summer that Tevez departs Manchester City. Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus are the two names that crop up the most, and it would make sense for all parties involved in either of those deals. An agreement is probably a while away yet, but this is likely.

Edin Dzeko

Touted for a move to Napoli as a makeweight in a deal for Edinson Cavani, but latterly there have also been some strange suggestions that he'll make a move to Chelsea instead. Regardless of what happens, would be a surprise were he still to be turning out for City come September.

Aleksandar Kolarov

Surprisingly few stories have appeared linking the Serbian with a move away - not surprising because lots of clubs would want to buy him, but because City must be pretty keen to get rid of him. Juventus have been suggested, but it's hard to see them wanting to pick up his wages. A loan deal later in the window seems more likely.

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