Manchester City Transfers: Grading Citizens' Activity in the Summer Window
Premier League club Manchester City reportedly spent more than £75 million for five new players this offseason.
With a few more hours to go until the summer transfer window closes, City could possibly land a couple more players.
The world’s richest soccer club is on a chase to become what its nemesis and crosstown rival, Manchester United, already is—a successful club that is able to represent English soccer all across mainland Europe and North America.
The five summer acquisitions the Citizens have finalized so far might help accomplish that goal.
Sergio Aguero, £35 Million, Atletico Madrid
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The 23-year-old Aguero has signed a five-year contract with City and will make £170,000 a week.
In his last season with Atletico Madrid, Aguero scored 27 goals on an otherwise mediocre team. He will wear No. 16 and should not have much trouble adjusting to his new environment.
City manager Roberto Mancini has compared him to legendary Brazilian striker Romario, and if he is right about that, the investment of £35 million should return a profit in no time.
Samir Nasri (£24 million) and Gael Clichy (£7 million), Both Arsenal
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The addition of Samir Nasri, who signed a four-year contract with Manchester City, does not seem to make much sense.
The 24-year-old French midfielder is just another addition to a midfield that is already full of offensive-minded players.
The £24 million City paid to get Nasri could have served a better purpose. However, Nasri has the ability to prove he really is irreplaceable for the team and therefore justify the millions.
Even before Nasri, another Arsenal player left London and moved north. The 26-year-old defender Gael Clichy came for £7 million and should strengthen City’s left side.
He is another piece in the Blues' effort to turn this club into a legitimate title contender, nationally and internationally.
Stefan Savic, £6 Million, Partizan Belgrade
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Stefan Savic is another addition to City’s backfield. The former Partizan Belgrade player can play both centre-back and right-back in manager Roberto Mancini’s defensive system.
The 20-year-old Montenegro international cost £6 million and signed a four-year deal. Savic seems to have a bright future ahead of him, and wants to play against the best.
"The Premier League is the best in the world and I am happy to be here," he said.
Costel Pantilimon, £?, Poli Timisoara
Manchester City acquired goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon to fill the vacant position at backup for Joe Hart.
The 24-year-old Romanian impressed City skipper Roberto Mancini after brilliant outings against his team in two Europa League matches.
Pantilimon left Poli Timisoara for an undisclosed amount.
The Citizens' former backup goalkeeper, Shay Given, left Manchester to play for Aston Villa.