City are creaking in the joints and shouting at the neighbourhood kids to get off their lawn. While the younger teams in the Premier League look forward to next season City face into 2015/16 knowing that without a few vital additions they will struggle to mount any sort of serious title challenge. The need for a revamp of the squad is apparent and whether the manager is thrown out with the bathwater remains to be seen, but regardless of who is at the helm next season there will have to be a few shrewd investments made. Here's a wishlist for the summer transfers that could reinvigorate a jaded City team.
City have the oldest back four in the Premier League and whereas age usually brings composure and grace under pressure, there have been too many dodgy displays from the City backline. Any new arrivals will benefit from the experience of the likes of Kompany and if the right men are brought in the changing of the guard should be seamless.
Stefan De Vrij: The dutch connection may see him nabbed by Van Gaal, but if City could entice De Vrij to the Etihad the Dutch international would provide a possible long term replacement for Kompany or Demichelis in the centre of defence. Lazio will be loath to let him go having only signed him last summer and the future is bright for the youngster.
Neven Subotic: Damage to knee ligaments ruined his 2013/14 season and Borussia Dortmund fans were delighted to see him make his return to central defence beside Mats Hummels. He displays a maturity beyond his 25 years and will be the target of more than one of Europe's top clubs this summer.
Mattia De Sciglio: A product of the AC Milan academy, De Sciglio has shown promise in his appearances for the Rossoneri on the left side of defence. Aged only 22, he has already drawn attention from Real Madrid and he may well be one of the summer's most sought after young defenders.
Against Burnley we saw 31 year old Toure replaced by 36 year old Frank Lampard in a switch that summed up the problem in City's midfield. A lack of energy and attacking zest has blighted City at times this season, a problem that can only be rectified with the introduction of some new faces into the engine room.
Paul Pogba: A name that comes up in every discussion of Europe's top midfielders recently, Pogba is like a younger and more energetic Yaya Toure. With several of Europe's top clubs clamouring for his signature City will have to spend big if we are to see him at the Etihad next season.
Kevin De Bruyne: Recently signed to Wolfsburg from Chelsea, De Bruyne has had a solid season in the Bundesliga. In contract till 2019, De Bruyne would be a shock signing this summer but if City could entice him to Manchester he would be a versatile and young addition to City's midfield.
The January signing of Wilfried Bony may yet prove to be the answer to City's problem of finding a long term strike partner for Aguero, but with Dzeko recording a disappointing season and Bony yet to make a real impact, another proven striker could make all the difference to the next campaign.
Mauro Icardi: Not exactly proven but the young Argentine has scored 20 goals in all competitions for Inter this season and looks to be one of the brightest striking prospects in Europe. City fans would love to see him flourish beside his compatriot Aguero.
Lionel Messi: It won't happen, couldn't. Having said that I would sacrifice my first born child if it meant the twinkle toed Argentine would be seen in the sky blue of City next season.
Who else would you like to see arrive during the summer?