Manchester City have reached their current level because they have been able to throw big money at the best players.
They have been accused of neglecting their youth system and not looking to invest in younger players, which is something they have been heavily criticised for in the last couple of years.
Well things appear to be changing as Roberto Mancini has been off to Italy for various scouting trips to look at two young players in particular.
Lamela is a 20-year-old midfielder who currently plays for Roma. A dynamic little ball player who seems to be perfect for the Manchester City style of football, which is effectively pass and move.
The cash is not a problem and the stats speak for themselves; 19 starts in La Liga, 11 goals and two assists so far this season.
Icardi is younger at 19-years-old and a striker that City seem ready to invest in. He’s made 18 starts for Sampdoria in Serie A and has bagged eight goals.
The only problem with regards to Icardi is that he may expect first team football, which is not something City can guarantee him with the likes of Carlos Tevez, Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko all still at the club.
The reason City’s interest in these two players is positive is because it shows a greater business sense from the club at a time when financial controls could cripple the big spenders.
City will have to pay good money for both or either of these players but it shouldn’t be anywhere close to the figure of £50 million which has been doing the rounds for Napoli forward Edinson Cavani.
It shows that City are planning ahead and looking to buy based around a method Mancini has been using across the current team.
It’s also become clear this season that City are a little way of from the current league leaders Manchester United, who coincidentally, have spent big on younger players over the last two years e.g. Phil Jones.
City fans, happy with these rumours or would you prefer to go for the bigger transfers?