It has been a fantastic start to the season for Manchester City. With the team still in all competitions and progressing well in three of them so far, there will be a need to replenish the squad going into the second half of the campaign.

A key transfer target for Pep Guardiola will be the priority of signing a new centre-back to fill in for Vincent Kompany, who still hasn’t been able to fully recover from his previous injuries. Players such as Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk and Real Sociedad’s Inigo Martinez have been touted as the likely replacements.

The transfer saga of the summer transfer window was Alexis Sanchez’s rumoured move to City, which was only denied by Arsenal’s failure to tie a deal down for a replacement. Thomas Lemar was the reported player and rejected the North London side’s advances in favour of staying at Monaco or moving to Liverpool instead. Will the Chilean be making the move to Manchester next month or will he have to wait until the summer before he can be reunited with Pep Guardiola?

Another key position that has seen a significant injury is left-back. With Benjamin Mendy ruled out for the majority of the season, there were fears that City’s momentum going forward would have broken down. However, Fabian Delph has stepped up in a completely new position for the Englishman and it has seen him develop his style of play and defensive nous. With Oleksandr Zinchecko and Danilo ready to come in if needs be, Guardiola will feel satisfied with the depth of his squad currently, but the need for a new centre-back is a massive priority in January.

Here are five players that I feel would make a significant difference to City’s squad going into the second half of the season.

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