Here we take a quick look at Manchester City’s Ins and Outs from the summer transfer window.
Manchester City had an uncharacteristically quiet transfer window due to the imposition of FIFA fair play restrictions which limited boss Manuel Pellegrini to a net spend of £49 million, a mere snip compared with the millions splurged by their cross city rivals Manchester United.
The new recruits are goalkeeper Willy Caballero, defensive midfielder Fernando, right back Bacary Sagna, Eliaquim Mangala, and Frank Lampard acquired on a loan deal. While these names won’t set fans’ pulses racing they will give the Man City line up greater solidity, with the exception of 35-year-old Lampard all would be considered front line players challenging for first team berths.
English fans may be worried about Joe Hart’s prospects after the arrival of Willy Caballero, as one always has the feeling that Pellegrini doesn’t fully trust the English international. While he should be first choice keeper he will be under pressure from the Argentine net minder, who worked with the Chilean at Malaga.
Bacary Sagna who left from Arsenal on a free is not guaranteed first team football like at The Emirates but will probably provide cover for incumbent Pablo Zabaleta. Eliaquim Mangala, brought in for £32 million, a hefty fee for a defender, is a excellent prospect but is relatively inexperienced at this level. Playing alongside club legend Vincent Kompany will bring his game along no end.
Frank Lampard is an intriguing signing but it is difficult to see the former Chelsea legend get much game time in his loan spell which ends in January.
The exit door was a much more busy port in City’s transfer window with a whole host of players offloaded.
Gareth Barry Javier Garcia and Alvaro Negredo are the names that will jump out at City fans. Many will question the sale of Negredo who had an excellent season at the Emirates.
England international Micah Richards has been loaned out to Fiorentina, and while many will be sorry to see him leave the only club he has known as a professional, he is in desperate need of first team football which he could not secure at the Emirates.
Dan O’Mahony, Pundit Arena.
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