With their stocks of home-grown assets wearing thin, Manchester City’s summer transfer plans revolve around raiding their rivals for British talent.
In fear of flouting Financial Fair Play regulations, spending mega money on folks who are likely to assume ancillary duties is probably not part of the Citizens’ master plan, with a glamour signing from foreign shores undoubtedly on the agenda too.
If a blockbuster buy and beefing up their Brit-bred ranks are the Man City decision makers’ desires, aspirations to recruit £40m-rated Ross Barkley and £30m Jack Wilshere must be shelved for the short term.
This quartet of English-born performers are far better value acquisitions for the 8/1 second favourites for the Premier League title to pursue.
With disgruntled Stevan Jovetic likely to leave this summer, City will require a fourth frontman.
Out-of-contract Ings has proved to be a capable practitioner at the highest domestic level, scoring nine goals and assisting four of Burnley’s 25 top-flight strikes so far.
Owing to his age, prospective suitors would need to reimburse the Clarets with compensation for his services, but it’s believed that this won’t be more than £4m, making the England hopeful an ideal acquisition for a club in City’s position.
The youngster’s combative approach to midfield play has certainly freshened up the Tottenham side this season, yet the north Londoners continue to court higher-profile counterparts.
Morgan Schneiderlin is one name repeatedly linked with a White Hart Lane switch, suggesting they don’t see all-action Mason as a long-term lynchpin.
The fledgling Spurs star may not be a marked improvement on the central-midfield resources available to Manuel Pellegrini, but he can definitely compete with the likes of Fernando for a spot in the team.
A versatile player able to play in both full-back berths, the Crystal Palace stopper is an astute rearguard marshal and would be a worthy understudy to either Pablo Zabaleta or Gael Clichy.
Bacary Sagna and Aleksandar Kolarov, both City’s second-string full-backs at present, have been linked with moves away of late and the money generated from the sale of either would fund a move for the dependable Eagle.
Despite performing consistently well, Shawcross continues to be underappreciated as an elite centre-back.
Forever being overlooked by the England squad selectors, the Manchester United academy graduate’s one cap in Three Lions white is way below the tally his quality warrants.
Unlike his page mates, Stoke would demand a sizeable transfer fee for their captain, but also unlike the names above him, Shawcross has the class to command a place in the City first team on a regular basis and is well worth the outlay.