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Transfers In: LB Gael Clichy, CB Stefan Savic, ST Sergio Aguero, ST John Guidetti, GK Costel Pantilimon
After a successful 2010-11 season, Manchester City's signings in the 2011-12 summer transfer window indicate that they have their eyes firmly set on the title.
Gael Clichy's signing, for a cool £7 million (honestly, that's highway robbery for a left-back of class), is an excellent signing. The left-back will provide Kolarov with competition for his spo and be available whenever Kolarov experienced a dip in form (which happened a couple of times last season).
He may even end up overtaking Kolarov for his spot later in the season.
Sergio Aguero's signing is also a great one for the team. With Carlos Tevez's status still up in the air, Manchester City have signed themselves a very capable replacement should he leave, and even if he stays, Aguero's versatility ensures that he'll be able to strike up a potent partnership with Tevez.
While Savic's signing is a bit questionable, given that his track record isn't all that impressive, it's outweighed by the positive signings Man City have made this summer.
And with Mancini reportedly wanting "two or three more players" before the new season (the guy is insane in my opinion), Man City could become even stronger before the new season begins.
Transfers Out: Fwd Felipe Caicedo, CM Patrick Viera (Retired), CB Jerome Boateng, GK Shay Given, Fwd Jo
Going into the offseason, it was very important that Man City offload some of the deadweight in their squad to make room for new signings and lower the wage bill.
While they did manage to do this somewhat, they did it in poor economic fashion.
Shay Given, bought for £7 million, was sold for £3.5 million. Felipe Caicedo, sold for only £1 million to Levante (after being bought for £5.2 million), was then sold on by Levante to Lokomotiv Moscow for €7.5 million. Worst of all, Jo, bought for £18 million, joined Internacional of Brazil for a small, undisclosed fee.
Going further however, so many deadweight players still remain with the squad.
Nedum Onouha, Wayne Bridge, Craig Bellamy, Emmanuel Adebayor and Roque Santa Cruz top the list of players who will have practically no role to play in Manchester City's squad, but there's many more who should be loaned out or sold, rather than spend the season sitting on the Manchester City bench.
Overall Grade: B
I fundamentally disagree with the Manchester City approach to football, where you buy the best players and figure the tactics out later, but it has worked thus far, and Roberto Mancini seems to be counting on it working again.
Although I hate his defensive style, as well as the way in which he can show all the patience in the world for Mario Balotelli but no patience for Emmanuel Adebayor or Craig Bellamy, Mancini has proven himself to be a successful coach capable of managing a squad full of egos.
Personally, I'll be hoping that Manchester City sink this season due to their overly congested squad and free spending ways, but I can see Mancini figuring things out and having a successful season.
I think they'll finish in third again this season, but with Chelsea looking uncertain and Manchester United transitioning from the retirements of Paul Scholes and Edwin Van der Sar, anything is possible.