5 ‘Box-Office Superstars’ Manchester City will try to sign

First Ronaldinho, now Henry – it seems that Manchester City, like it or not, are hell bent on making a star signing who can help raise the club’s profile across the world. Jo and Kompany are starts, but to really get things going Cook and co. want a BIG name.

With that in mind, here are 5 players who Manchester City should go for – even if they get just one, they should be top of the world, right?

The unspoken requirement is that these players must actually improve the current squad and at least last a couple of years.

Michael Ballack – his 3-year contract with Chelsea expires at the end of this season. He’s one of the best midfielders in the world and at City he’ll find the room to stamp his authority and sign off his career in style (and with a lot of money). He’s not going to win the Champions League though, unless he does that with Chelsea this year.

David Villa – The asking price drives suitors away but Manchester City have no such qualms. Villa’s pace and predatory finishing will make him an instant favourite in the Premier League and he could be the key to driving them to Champions League qualification.

Kaka – Of course it depends on how Milan do next season (another year out of Europe and he’s leaving) and how big a loan Shinawatra has to take out to pay for the transfer, but this one doesn’t even need explaining. Kaka will put City on the map.

Cristiano Ronaldo – To the man who has won everything, sometimes you need to give him a challenge big enough to suit his ego. In Ronaldo’s case, it’s the challenge to lead City to the Premier League title. Sounds about right, doesn’t it?

Igor Akinfeev – Best player to come out of Russia – Arshavin may hog the headlines (mainly thanks to the whoring of his agent) but Akinfeev is the Russian Peter Schmeichel and more than Kasper can ever be (sorry Kasper) – if Banks and Shilton and Schmeichel and Buffon and Casillas are legends of the past and the present, Akinfeev is the legend of the future.

All 5 players are just as likely to sign for City as Henry and as close to signing for City as Ronaldinho was. A very exciting time to be a Manchester City fan (sorry :) )….

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