5 players Manchester City want to sign in January
It came as a surprise to many in the summer when Manchester City finished the transfer window having spent just £61.7m on new players. Everybody knows how deep City's pockets are, so this was an oddly mild expenditure for the club.
Riyad Mahrez made up the bulk of it, having signed from Leicester City for around £60m. He's since fit in well at the Etihad and is utilised out on the wing, as his natural inclination to cut in and cross or shoot puts opposition defences' on edge.
However, if Manchester City intend to surpass Liverpool in the race for the Premier League title this year, they'll need to strengthen the squad as much as possible next month. There's no doubt that Liverpool will be trying to do the same.
City have been linked with many players over the past couple of months, but it's these five players coming up in this list that are the most likely to be signed in January.
#5 Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich)
Jerome Boateng has actually been with Manchester City before; back in 2010, he was signed from Hamburger SV for around £11m, but he failed to impress. As a result, he was sold to Bayern Munich in the summer of 2011 for around £12m.
These figures are a pittance compared to his value nowadays, though. Transfermarkt believe the German defender is worth £36m, at the very least, which is a fair price considering he's now 30-years-old.
With time, Boateng was mellowed and improved significantly. He's no longer the inexperienced 22-year-old that played for City and flopped; he's a multiple title-winning anchor at the back for both Bayern Munich and Germany, and would be a crucial addition to the City squad if he moved.
Rumour probability: 4.5/10
Despite being linked heavily with Manchester City in the summer, speculation has died down considerably since then. It must be said, though, that whilst the media might not have picked up on anything just yet, talks between Boateng and City could be on the cards - especially considering his uncertain future in Munich.