Real Madrid may be the stars of this transfer market, but Manchester City have taken the transfer season by a storm in England with top-quality signings. But can City's plans be favoring their rivals over them?
The Eastlands club have splashed the cash, signing top players this summer.
City have signed two players from Arsenal, Emmanuel Adebayor and Kolo Toure.
While the two former Gunners are undoubtedly excellent players, the City players will feel the growing pressure of the media and fans. They will have to gel quickly and get the right results to keep their supporters and the board happy.
Meanwhile Arsenal's sale of two of their first-team stars decreases the pressure on them without really stalling The Gunners' ability to contend for a Champions League spot at the very least.
Arsenal's policy makes them work under little pressure while City's big-name signings and great spending means they have to deliver as soon as possible.
But I find City's pursuit of Joleon Lescott to be the least intelligent transfer of the summer for the Eastlands club.
First, City will have to spend £30 million to sign Lescott, which is a hefty sum for any player, keeping in mind that Lescott isn't a world-class defender. Such a sum has been spent by Manchester United to buy Rio Ferdinand. But Lescott isn't Ferdinand.
Second, City will be giving a potential rival £30 million to spend. Everton's David Moyes knows how to spend the money he gets very well and £30 million can do miracles for him.
City may have a splendid team on paper but the players will need to gel in altogether to be more of a team than a bunch of good players. With Arsenal, Everton and Aston Villa being the better teams currently, perhaps City's big-spending will back-fire.
Or maybe not.
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