Man City entertain Real at the Etihad with almost no hope of European progression, so with the Champions League likely to be off the cards, City will have to focus all their attention on retaining the Premier League. If they do that, then maybe they can make a bigger impression on the continent next season, but it's a 'big ask'. The Citizens could do with trimming some fat as well as adding extra talent to their ranks and talkSPORT looks at the changes that are needed...
Out: Mario Balotelli
In: Radamel Falcao
It's time for City to bite the bullet with Mario Balotelli and if Roberto Mancini can finally part ways with the striker, it could go a long way towards ensuring his own long-term future at the club. The striker has been given plenty of opportunities to prove his maturity and redeem himself for his errors at City, but unlike Carlos Tevez, he has failed to learn from past mistakes and continues to be a polarising figure. City cannot afford to carry that kind of dead wood with their level of ambition and Radamel Falcao is the best number nine playing the game at the moment, while City could both bolster their own credentials and dent Chelsea's hopes of buying the striker if they can land the Colombian before the Blues. With David Silva, Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero playing alongside El Tigre, City's attack could compete with any team, even Real.
Out: Gareth Barry
In: Daniele De Rossi
Gareth Barry has been a decent servant for City, but with him due to turn 32 in February, his game isn't likely to improve drastically in the future. He is a hard worker and tends to do well when he keeps things simple, but he lacks the quality to really effect big games for City, such as the Real clash and those kind of matches are only going to become more frequent. If there's one man City want even more than Falcao, it's Roma star De Rossi and with good reason. The Italian is a dominant presence in midfield, looks well suited to play alongside Yaya Toure and would certainly provide quality in deeper positions for the Citizens, however, it is his ability to play as a sweeper that could really revolutionise City's football. De Rossi was tasked with putting out fires and then distributing the ball in attack for Italy at Euro 2012, and did it with aplomb, so he would allow City to really excel in the three man defensive system Mancini has been trying to implement at the Etihad to varying success.
Out: Kolo Toure
In: Sergio Ramos
Finding a truly top class central defender isn't easy these days, but finding one who can also play to the same level at full-back is even tougher. Sergio Ramos is one such player and there is no time like the present to try and tempt the World Cup winner with reports of his unhappiness at Real under Jose Mourinho continuing to circulate. Ramos could partner Vincent Kompany in the middle to form one of the most complete defensive partnerships in football, or could alternatively fill in for Maicon at right-back when faced with the pacier opposition the Brazilian tends to struggle against. Making room for him in the squad shouldn't be too difficult, with Kolo Toure doing little except collecting a paycheck and finding a club for the Ivorian should be a priority. The defender is past his best, and looks uncomfortable with the speed of the Premier League.
Out: Edin Dzeko
Edin Dzeko's goal scoring record as a sub this season is formidable, but with the Bosnian unlikely to be given a regular starting position, he could be looking for a change of scenery sooner rather than later. City could use that opportunity to cut their losses, offload the forward for a decent fee, and bring in a replacement for the future. Malaga's brilliant attacker, Isco, has made sure his club do what City couldn't this season and help the Andalucians to qualify for the Champions League knockout stage with two games to spare. Isco has decent pace and is a strong finisher and as well as plugging the hole left by Santi Cazorla's departure, has proved his maturity. The 20-year-old is only likely to get better and if Falcao does come to the Etihad, Isco could play on either side of a front three alongside the Colombian and Tevez or Aguero. Alternatively, he can play in the middle behind the striker where he's most deadly. Versatile, young, and brilliant.
Out: Wayne Bridge/Roque Santa Cruz
In: Theo Walcott
With Roque Santa Cruz and Wayne Bridge both due to be offloaded in the summer, it should free up some space for new additions at the Etihad, and the board may want to invest in some width. City struggle to stretch play on the flanks and with Theo Walcott still failing to sign a new deal at Arsenal, he's an obvious choice to fill that role. Walcott may believe he's better through the middle, but City could be able to convince him otherwise with the persuasive power of money, as well as the prospect of winning trophies. The England international is in excellent form at Arsenal playing in a role he doesn't want to be in, so why break a winning formula? Walcott would add pace alongside Falcao, Aguero and co. and as evidenced this season, can be counted on to score his share of goals, too, while also being an experienced Champions League player.
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