With Premier League clubs required to have eight home-grown players in their squad, Manchester City and other top clubs are having to consider splashing the cash on domestic talent rather than looking overseas.
At the end of last season, City ended up giving a two-year-contract to defender Dedryck Boyata despite his infrequent appearances for the club throughout his career.
The contract was thought to be in the region of £35,000 a-week according to the Daily Mail. This was clearly just to tie him down and help meet the home-grown quota needed. There have already been a few rumours flying around regarding potential moves the club might be making in the summer. With Frank Lampard on his way after the conclusion of the season and James Milner's contract running down, they will need a few British additions.
Aaron Cresswell and Danny Rose are two players to have been linked with Manuel Pellegrini's side in the last month, reported in the Manchester Evening News and the Daily Mail respectively. However, it is in midfield where they may look to splash the cash.
Ross Barkley, Jordan Henderson and Jack Wilshere seem like obvious targets having become key players for their respective clubs and on the international scene in recent years. All three would command large fees due to their importance for Everton, Liverpool and Arsenal. The trio are all still relatively young in footballing terms as well with their best years seemingly ahead of them.
Barkley hasn't quite had the season many expected this time around, but then again neither have Everton. It has been a lacklustre campaign and many were surprised that Barkley was included in the England squad last month. However, his talent is clear and when he came on for England against Italy in the recent friendly he showed us exactly why he is so highly rated. He is probably the most likely to make a move to City, and could be tempted by the chance of Champions League football.
Henderson is going to become the captain at Liverpool next season, and that makes it very hard to entice him away from Anfield. He has gone from strength to strength this season, in fact in each campaign at Liverpool he has progressed. He had to do it the hard way as well, arriving with a big fee, he struggled to adapt. Despite taking longer than initially expected, Henderson has now become a crucial player for Liverpool and has become established in the England set-up as well.
The 24-year-old has added goals to his game this season, picking up seven in all competitions. Still some way to go if he is to replace Steven Gerrard's, but he is on the right track. Rodgers will be aiming to build the team around Henderson next season following his new five-year-contract and even a tempting offer from City would not work.
Arsenal have coped fairly well in midfield this season given that Jack Wilshere has missed a large chuck through injury (although this is something they are surely used to by now). The 23-year-old is thought to be on Manchester City's shopping list this summer, with the Mirror reporting they are lining up a £30 million bid. It wouldn't be the first time City have poached from Arsenal with Samir Nasri, Bacary Sagna,and Emmanuel Adebayor just a few to have made the trip up north in the last few years.
Wilshere's constant injury problems are something that must be considered when City make their moves this summer. It's a shame because his reading and understanding of the game is almost second to none in the Premier League. The link-up play between him and Sergio Aguero and David Silva would be a joy to watch. A tempting prospect for Wilshere as well surely? It could depend on Arsenal's transfer window intentions as well, and despite having three years left on his contract, a move to Manchester City doesn't seem too far-fetched.