Manchester City Football club have certainly showed no fear in brandishing the cheque book on more than one occasion in a transfer window which slams shut tomorrow.
After a trophy-less 2014/2015 season, Manager Manuel Pellegirini was faced with an aging squad as well as criticism for his tactical inflexibility. Certain sections of the media contended that many of the club’s key players had gone past their peak and needed to move on.
Armed with a one year contract, Manuel Pellegrini looks to be out to prove himself in much the same manner as his exceptional first season at the club where he guided the club to a double.
Liverpool youngster was the first announcement of intent, signing the British player for a club record of 49 million pounds, the most expensive amount paid for a 20 year old in recent times. Aston Villa midfielder, Fabian Delph also moved to the Blue side of Manchester after a good degree of transfer drama which involved Delph reiterating his commitment to Villa before signing a contract one week later.
Hello there loyalty.
Nicolas Otamendi, the tough tackling Valencia defender also joined the club for a fee in the region of 30 million pounds to shore up a back line that has kept four clean sheets this season.
After some back and forth over the summer, Manchester City announced the signing of Belgian attacking midfielder, Kevin De Bruyne for a fee believed to be in the region of 52 million pounds. The fee paid for De Bruyne represents a club record for Manchester City, surpassing the amount paid for Raheem Sterling.
De Bruyne, who joined Wolfsburg from Chelsea turned out to be one of the biggest revelations of the Bundesliga, putting in more assists than any other player in Europe. The 24 year old midfielder joins an intimidating Manchester City front-line which already boasts the diminutive Spanish magician, David Silva as well as the goal hungry Aguero.
Brace up folks, we’re in for one hell of a season. Brace up Jesus Navas, say hello to the bench where you’ll probably be spending some time.