Mancini and City Appear Not to Have Learnt...

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Mancini and City Appear Not to Have Learnt...
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A new season was without doubt bringing with it new signings for Manchester City, this time even more exotic than last summer's fruits. Namely, an Ivorian, a Spaniard and an Italian, who between them have cost Abu Dhabi around £80m. But with many inside Eastlands claiming that in a similar fashion to Chelsea, City will buy their way into title contention, there remain stark differences between the two club's early spending - post mega buyout.

Claudio Ranieri, easily forgotton once Mourinho arrived, though many would like to have wondered at what he could have achieved with another season after Arsenal became mortal again, bought well. Despite matching City in terms of quantity, the quality of buys appeared to have been more prudent and crucially, took them up to second, ahead of Manchester United after just one season.

Cech, Robben, Makelele, Duff, Joe Cole, - were arguably the good signings made by the tinkerman, with all five making worthwhile additions to the already cemented Lampard and Terry. Put together with Mourinho's meaningful transfers of Drogba, Essien, Carvalho, Ferriera and later Ashley Cole, it is not hard to see how Stamford Bridge was home to back to back titles.

Compare this to City's spending and one may start to question the strength of Mancini's purchases. Rumours persist over the future of Adebayor, Tevez was until recently linked away from the club, Bellamy it seems is resigned to leave, while their former number one Shay Given, although dethroned by a worthy protege in Joe Hart, must feel agrieved at the lack of respect afforded him after just one season of prestene glovemanship.

Further, there is scarce chance that too many of the club's  burgeoning number of midfielders will be gaga for Yaya, in particular Nigel De Jong. Is the bigger Toure brother, who cost twice the money, twice the player? It remains unlikely. What of Milner's imminent arrival? quite simply where will he play? With the two names above and Gareth Barry occupying the central roles and England's apprentice wizard, Adem Johnson along with City's one smart acquistion - David Silva, favourites to occupy either flank.

If the Abrahmovich impression should end here, then the Kerry Packer one starts here, as even if Mancini has closed the cheque book, he has done so after tearing out a slip for perhaps world football's greatest enigma. Mario Ballotelli could do anything he wanted, or as Internazionale found out, sometimes nothing at all, and that while sporting an AC Milan jersey on his days off. A true maverick, just like his new club's transfer policy, and in keeping with his new forward partners, an agitated character. To think, all this has been said without mention of Robinho. 

Like any billionairre will tell you, perhaps even Sheikh Mansour, however many garments you can afford, it becomes uncomfortable to wear all your adornmants at once. With the number of layers Mancini has on before Autumn has even set in, he is already likely to be feeling the heat.

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