ONE player from England's World Cup group that Man City will target

Joe Hart

With the World Cup draw made, Premier League teams will be focusing on England's group - and not just to see Roy Hodgson's men...

The Premier League's top clubs will be sending talent to the World Cup, and not just with England, as players from around the globe travel to play in the world's biggest tournament. The World Cup is not only an opportunity to watch countries face off against each other, but it can also act as a shop window for many players who can showcase their talents on the biggest stage of all.

City boss Manuel Pellegrini has one of the biggest transfer budgets in world football, as the Etihad Stadium club are bankrolled by Sheikh Mansour. The Chilean manager spent over £100m on attacking talent this summer, as Jesus Navas, Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic joined the club, but he still needs reinforcements in defence despite signing Martin Demichelis from Atletico Madrid.

One of the main concerns – and ergo talking points – at City this season has been the form of England goalkeeper Joe Hart. Whilst the 26 year old is usually a safe, consistent performer between the sticks for both club and country, but a spate of errors have thrown his position with both teams into doubt. In fact, Pellegrini even took steps to resolve the situation by replacing Hart with Romanian Costel Pantilimon, though it's well known that he isn't the long term answer for City.

As a result, a number of goalkeepers have been linked with moves to the Etihad Stadium, including Real Madrid's Iker Casillas and Willy Cabellero of Malaga, but the solution to Pellegrini's goalkeeping woes could be the man charged with keeping England at bay in the group stages at the World Cup.

Uruguay stopper Fernando Muslera, formerly of Serie A side Lazio, has established himself as one of the top goalkeepers in Europe, and his displays for his current side Galatasaray have attracted interest from Pellegrini. The 27-year-old is valued at £25m by the Turkish giants, and whilst that may be seen as excessive, Muslera will be looking to prove his worth in ties against Italy and England, where Oscar Tabarez's side will be looking to keep things tight at the back.

There is a very real possibility that, when England take on Uruguay on June 19th, Muslera will outperform current City stopper Hart and prove to Pellegrini that he is the right man to occupy the sticks for title-chasing Manchester City.

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