Following months of speculation, weeks of negotiation and days of uncertainty, the Samir Nasri saga appears to have finally come to an end, as Manchester City have today announced that they have finally agreed to a deal with Arsenal for attacking midfielder Samir Nasri, for whom they will pay a sum of £25 million.
As I write this, City sit atop the English Premier League table with maximum points for two games played and a squad that is, in my opinion, unquestionably the strongest of any in the Premier League, and that squad just got even stronger. On top of that, their first 11 just became the best in the league in my view.
The addition of Nasri to the City ranks, which already contained such world class attacking talents as Silva, Aguero, Tevez and Yaya Toure, is a wonderful thing if you're a Manchester City fan, and a terrifying prospect if you're a supporter on any other Premier League team.
David Silva has started the new season the way he finished the last one, in top form. Silva's creativity has been one of the highlights of this new Premier League season so far. His fast developing understanding with City's other marquee summer signing, Sergio "Kun" Aguero, has already begun to reap dividends for the men from Eastlands.
Aguero himself stamped his mark on the new season in breathtaking fashion with a two goal, one assist substitutes appearance in City's first game of the season, at home to newly promoted Swansea.
With Aguero and Silva in tandem, partnering either the unpredictable Carlos Tevez or the reborn Edin Dzeko, who has finally re-captured the fantastic form he displayed when he tore up Bundesliga's defences for Wolfsburg, City fans already had plenty of reason to believe that not only could they compete for the Premier League title this season, they could win it.
The addition of one of the very best players in the Premier League in Nasri will not only strengthen that belief, it will convert non-believers. Nasri is a simply wonderful player. Blessed with pace, vision, a first touch from heaven and the ability to score and create goals at will.
Nasri is a milestone signing for City. He's the first top class talent that they have signed from within the Premier League from a major rival since the arrival of Sheikh Mansour and his billions. They have signed plenty of very good players from within the league over the last two years of course, the likes of Kolo Toure, Barry, Lescott and Milner to name just four, but Nasri is on a level above any of those.
With Nasri and Silva providing the creative flair in a midfield that will boast the league's best defensive midfield in Nigel DeJong and a fantastic driving force in Yaya Toure, City now have the best midfield in the league. They've also got depth. Barry, Milner and Adam Johnson are all England internationals and can all be called on if needed.
With Aguero partnering either Tevez or Dzeko upfront and with the ever entertaining Mario Balotelli in reserve, they have attacking options to match anyone, and they are hardly weak at the back.
Micah Richards is an excellent young defender who's started the season in good form at rightback, they have one of the Premier League's best defenders in Vincent Kompany in the centre—partnered currently by Joleon Lescott—and at left back they have two excellent options in Aleksander Kolorov and Gael Clichy. They also have Pablo Zabaleta and promising young pair Stefan Savic and Derryck Boyata in reserve. There's also Kolo Toure, currently suspended due to a failed drug test which showed traces of banned substances, who will be back in a couple of months and will further strengthen their defensive ranks. Oh, and did I mention they also have the England No.1 Joe Hart in goal?
The biggest question mark for me surrounds manager Roberto Mancini, who has at times cost his side with his inclination to be overly defensive. A recent example of that came in the Community Shield against rivals Manchester United. City were comfortably beating United 2-0 and looked in little danger when Mancini made a defensive minded substitution, handed the attacking initiative to United and cost his team the match, as United stormed back to win 3-2 in a game they really should have been dead and buried in. If Mancini can overcome himself—yes, I said himself, because he is his own biggest obstacle when he over thinks things—then City have little to worry about.
From back to front City are stocked with amazing talent, and they also have unmatched quality and depth in their squad. Last season they won an FA Cup and finished third in the league, level on points with second place Chelsea. That was a season during which they were attempting to bed in a number of new players and grow together as a team. This season I expect even more from them. I was already becoming a believer, but the signing of Nasri leaves me in little doubt. Manchester City should be considered favourites for this season's English Premier League title.
One other thing to take into account is that if they are in the mix for the title come January, they could easily go out and drop another £100million in the transfer window.
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