Manchester City agreed a deal with Valencia to secure the services of David Silva, reportedly for £27 million. This is the first high-profile signing by Robert Mancini, and it may be just the beginning of extravagant spending once again.
Last summer, Manchester City managed to bring in Emmanuel Adebayor, Carlos Tevez, Gareth Barry, and Joleon Lescott to name a few, but Silva's coup suggests that they are altogether on a different realm this time around.
In many ways, Silva's arrival will mark the beginning of a spectacular era in the footballing history of Manchester City.
Cash has been in abundance with City for awhile, but star names weren't willing to sign for a club that last won a major trophy in 1976.
However, Silva's arrival would not only bolster the squad but also appear attractive for top-notch players to choose Manchester City ahead of traditionally stronger European powerhouses.
Playing alongside one of the best midfielders would be appealing to many, who are currently reluctant to join City.
This deal isn't yet formally completed, but it will be once Silva's involvement with Spain at the World Cup ends. There is a small matter of medical. However, it's a done deal unless something dramatic happens.
Teams like Manchester United, Chelsea, and Arsenal must be on red-alert because Manchester City are more than capable of winning the Premier League from now on.
Last season, it was only the beginning and the team needed time to gel together. City's target last season was a top-four finish although they didn't manage to do it.
However, with one year's experience under their belt you would be surprised if City failed to finish in the top four in the forthcoming season.
Now, there is already a spine and a few more worthy additions like Silva would push them up as the front-runners to win the title next season.
Reportedly, Manchester City overcame threats from Chelsea, who were also interested in the Spanish midfielder. First Robinho, now Silva. Who's next? Let's hope Silva has a better time at Eastlands than Robinho.
The story doesn't end here. City are also mighty close to completing the signing of Barcelona midfielder Yaya Toure.
Also the arrival of Fabio Coentrao is on the cards. The Portuguese wing-back has attracted the attention of many top European clubs with his eye-catching performances in the World Cup.
Now that Portugal are out, Coentrao could soon be moving to a bigger club, maybe to Manchester City.
USA Striker London Donovan is the other big name linked with Manchester City.
It seems like another busy summer for Manchester City marked with the signing of Silva, which will boost the morale and conviction of players.
The only question is: can Mancini make them play together as a team? Can he maintain harmony in the dressing room?
Mancini is a proven winner. But it's always tough to manage a group of superstars. Ask Fabio Capello.
It's not superstars that you want to win trophies. You need players, who can work out great chemistry with teammates, unlike what happened with Rooney and England in the World Cup.
Just because you've Rooney, Gerrard, and Lampard in the squad, success isn't guaranteed. A top-notch manager good enough to work on their strengths and weaknesses together is required. Let's see how Mancini does that at Manchester City, where expectations are sky-high with the arrival of Silva.
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