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Manchester City's 5 Worst Summer Transfer Deals of the Last 10 Years

Rob PollardFeatured ColumnistAugust 29, 2014

Manchester City's 5 Worst Summer Transfer Deals of the Last 10 Years

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    Since the arrival of Txiki Begiristain in October 2012, Manchester City have become extremely adept at transfer dealings. The club identifies targets well in advance of a transfer window and swoops quickly and effortlessly to secure their signatures. The last two summer windows have been a masterclass in how to sign players in the right manner.

    It's not always been like that, though. City have sometimes appeared completely unprepared when it comes to landing targets, leading to a series of signings who underwhelmed and found a place on the list of the club's most infamous players.

    Here, we look at City's five worst summer signings in the last 10 years.

5. Stefan Savic

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    Sometimes, a move to a big club comes at the wrong time in a player's career. It isn't necessarily because they don't have talent, or that they don't work hard to fulfill their potential, it's just a case of wrong place, wrong time.

    Stefan Savic may very well feel his time at City belongs in that category. Since he left the club for Fiorentina in a deal which saw Matija Nastasic move in the opposite direction, he has got his career back on track, somewhat. However, his time at City was awful.

    He signed in 2011 from Partizan Belgrade for £6 million, a sizeable fee for an untried youngster. His form, though, never once reflected the money paid. He was constantly nervous and failed to get any kind of form going.

4. Scott Sinclair

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    This was one of the strangest transfers in recent times. Even at the time, before he had kicked a ball for City in his infamous deer-in-the-headlights style, most observers were confused by the move. This summer, after just 14 appearances and no goals, Scott Sinclair is likely to leave.

    Whenever he was given an opportunity during his debut season, his performances were always characterised by nervousness, a fear in possession that led to him moving the ball on too quickly. He never took any risks and shied away from trying to beat players like wingers should do.

    His £6.2 million move was a disaster, and a transfer away from City will do him the world of good.

3. Rolando Bianchi

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    Signed for a whopping £8.8 million from Reggina in the exciting summer of 2007, Rolando Bianchi's spell at City was brief and disappointing.

    He scored just four goals and struggled to adapt to Premier League football and English culture. He was loaned to Lazio in January 2008, before leaving permanently that summer.

    He will always be remembered as one of the worst strikers to ever play for City.

2. Roque Santa Cruz

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    After a long, arduous transfer chase, City finally landed Roque Santa Cruz from Blackburn for a fee of £17.5 million in the summer of 2009. There were concerns from the City supporters about his injury record, but no one envisaged such a disastrous spell at the club.

    Santa Cruz scored just four goals before loan moves to Blackburn, Real Betis and Malaga. He eventually signed for Malaga permanently after his City contract expired.

1. Jo

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    The only player who comes anywhere near being more than the disaster Santa Cruz was for City was Jo, the Brazilian forward signed for £19 million in 2008, and it is he who tops our list of City's worst summer signings of the last 10 years.

    Jo was awful. He was too slight to play as a target man and too limited technically to play just off the forward. In fact, he had very few talents to fall back on in order to cement a place in the side. After scoring just one league goal and two in the UEFA Cup, he was loaned to Everton (twice) and Galatasaray.

    During his second loan spell at Goodison Park, he failed to score once, and he managed just three in Turkey. He returned to City and played a few more games, but left for Internacional having scored just six times in 41 appearances. 

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