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Emmanuel Riviere and Jack Colback are just two of Newcastle's new recruits.
Both teams enter the new Premier League campaign having totally revitalized their rosters.
Manchester City were slapped with a restricted transfer budget under UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules, but have still managed to do great business. Adding Bacary Sagna on a free transfer was a great start, while adding Willy Caballero from Malaga gives Joe Hart something to worry about.
Of course, they've finally snagged the Porto duo they'd been chasing since January: Fernando and Eliaquim Mangala. The latter signed on Monday after a quite protracted saga and will shore up the defensive ranks to spell Vincent Kompany and Martin Demichelis.
Also added were Bruno Zuculini and Frank Lampard. The former greatly impressed during preseason play having been brought in from Racing Club, and was confirmed as a City player last week.
Lampard signed with New York City FC last month after over a decade at Chelsea, and will be in Manchester for the first few months of the season to stay match fit. He also brings a wealth of experience and, crucially, is English—which will help City meet homegrown regulations both domestically and abroad.
Newcastle have not been slouches in the transfer market, either.
Mathieu Debuchy made his exit to Arsenal, but Alan Pardew snapped up a solid replacement in Netherlands international Daryl Janmaat. The former Feyenoord man will certainly bring solid attacking play similar to what fans have seen from Debuchy.
An attack that was lacking for goals after the sale of Yohan Cabaye and injuries to Loic Remy was bolstered with the addition of Monaco's Emmanuel Riviere. Ajax midfielder Siem de Jong was also brought in to play a No. 10 or second-striker role, having scored a good glut of goals in Amsterdam.
Their midfield was also reinforced with the signings of Jack Colback from bitter rivals Sunderland and Remy Cabella from Montpellier. Colback's transfer was a contentious one, a free transfer that the Black Cats stated would leave a "bitter taste," as per the club's official website.
All these players ought to play prominent roles for their sides through the slog of the typical English season, and could get their chances to make an impression on their new fans on Sunday.