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If there's one word that you could attribute to Manchester City during the duration of this transfer window, many people would likely agree that it's this: money.
City has hardly been shy when it comes to shelling out cash to bring top-notch players to their club, and the result has been magnificent. With twelve goals in their first three Premier League outings, there's little doubt that City have sufficiently bought their way into league title contention.
So when the club announced on deadline day that they had signed the perpetually-injured, thoroughly desperate Owen Hargreaves of Bayern Munich and Manchester United fame (famed for all the right reasons at Munich, and all the wrong ones at United), it certainly managed to turn some heads.
Hargreaves was not a big-money acquisition for City (acquired on a free transfer after his release from United), and he certainly hasn't been a major presence in football in recent years. The signing seemed to thoroughly contradict everything we've thought of Manchester City over the past few months.
Owen Hargreaves is just a poor old bloke who desperately needed a second chance after finally ending a long era of recovery and rehabilitation from career-threatening injuries.
Manchester City was the club that seemingly had absolutely no interest in taking chances this summer, but they rolled the dice on Hargreaves and gave him his escape from the edge of forced retirement.
Given his current level of fitness, and previous demonstrations of the remarkable skill he possesses in a way that seems downright natural, I have a hunch that City's gamble will ultimately pay off in some big ways.