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City's First Signing Is...Wayne Bridge

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The Daily Mail reported on New Years Day that Manchester City have agreed a deal to sign defender Wayne Bridge from Chelsea for 12 million.

Bridge will be at Eastlands, tomorrow (Friday) to discuss personal terms.

Further details can be found here.

What do you think? To discuss our first January signing, click here.



The journalist

Writer: Tudor Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday January 1 2009

Time: 8:44PM

Your Comments

Well, provided it's true, then you'll have a classy left-back! Actually, I am kind of sad about it, since he is a good player and a nice bloke. I'd rather have Cashley Cole sold - this money-hunting- machine.
chelsey
A great signing and a real solution to Michael Ball from a Newcastle fan's perspective. We'd love a Bridge type player but unfortunately your Arab money talks. Big style.
BaldEagle
You'll be getting a quality defender on your books, and a great guy to boot! I'll be sad to see him leave, but 12m for a player that's likely to make only a handful of appearances this season is hard to turn down.
daspecial1
sorry to see him go he'll always be a legend after that GOAL that he scored at Highbury to knock Arsenal out of the CL!
merlin
Solid first signing if true, and the times are 20% right with their transfer stories apparantly
darryl28
Didnt the sorry lad just sign a 4 year extension??
ForeverUnited
Taiwo was my first choice, but id rather have Bridge over Warnock and Lahm :) Im sure he wouldnt take long to settle in the team either which is a plus.
eighthsin
Can't say I am excited by him coming at that price or at all, if I am being honest. 6M is his true valuation. So much to not being fleeced. I have already stated on another post the superior skilled and more pacy international left backs available for that price. I suppose at least it gives Chelsea some cash to help them stop Utd winning the title and we get someone better than the limited Michael Ball. Chelsea replaced him soon enough in their first team so I suppose when we finally get a decent manager he will end up happily warming our bench too.
City Girl
Seriously, I would rather give you Ashley Cole. Wayne was one of the big signings made by us when we got our cash injections... And I prefer him as a person and a player to Ashley Cole.
The_Legend_Of_Zola
I will take your word for it Legend of Zola. I would rather have Zhirkov or Adriano of Sevilla who are far better. As you have a quality manager you will no doubt get to see one or the other gracing your ground sometime soon. I assure you if you get either you will not miss Bridge. We are good at that paying top dollar for other clubs rejects to finance their improvements ala Benjani/Defoe. The easiest position to fill with real world class quality and Hughes chooses a bench warmer at Chelsea and pays double his value, typical.
City Girl
I think that's a little harsh to Wayne. He's got good footballing ability, is versatile, never gives less than 100%. We won the league when we had Bridge... We haven't with Ashley Cole. (Not being completely serious on that last point...)
The_Legend_Of_Zola
12 mil?a bit steep don't ye think?
CoxintheBox
Well I don't really think money is a worry for City anymore. Why not spend? And although Wayne may not be a massive superstar, the reason he is so popular with Chelsea fans is that he is a great team player as well. In my eyes, the only thing that Ashley Cole has that Bridge doesn't is that extra bit of pace.
The_Legend_Of_Zola
Just saw Chelsea are looking at Zhirkov if we get Bridge... Hope ex CSKA man Jo can put in a good word for us and we get Zhirkov instead!
eighthsin
No confirmation yet. Somehow I still doubt it. 12M is a helluvalot for a Chelsea benchwarmer.
Sindbad
Chelsea Benchwarmer? I mean, have you guys seen him play?????? Gwad, just because A Cole is there, he's benched! Solid, solid defender, brilliant cross, good forward overlaps... 12 million is a freaking bargain!!!! No seriously, he's an amazing coup for you guys. We love bridgey, and would have loved it even more if he's have seen hi8s contract through at the Bridge.
JT_daniel
And Daily Mail is crap. it calls Bridge "Unsettled"??? Bull crap.
JT_daniel
6 million evaluation? Man, you arent the "budget" club anymore! If Jo was worth THAT much, Bridgey is easily worth 12 mill. As I said, it's real coup. Feck it.
JT_daniel
12 million is too much and bridge is not as good as warnock, i think thats were city will go knocking, but hope not cos we want to keep him
glen9mullan
If this is finalised it will be a definite coup as JT said. I would now prioritise going for Given.
Johnny Baguette
insane! We are selling our players to citeh! We hare helping you buuilding a team. Left backs are rare and Bridge is absolutely a fantastic player. This ruined my day! You snapped up Robinho from us and now Bridge.. Well.. Bridge deserves to play 1st team football so I'm glad for him.. But this is awful news. You should be thrilled.. !
Rune3k
he'll do for me......great player......LB position will be sorted now......at last..!!
lincolnblue
We are thrilled Rune3k, in fact I am over the moon.
Tudor
He is better than Cole.
Buzz Lightyear
Seems mad that we are paying 3 million more for him than SWP but what the hell, I think hes a great player if he arrives and has the all important experience we need
darryl28
He is better than A. Cole offensively but defensively you will see him against the best player(According to awards) in mAnchester DerBY & U WILL SEE HE IS NOT THAT GOOD DEFENSIVELY.
Saimon_blues
By the sounds of it he'll be a City player before the end of the day. Good to see the Daily Mail were spot on, for a change!
Tudor
Saimon, he's good enough to keep Ickle Ronnie under control. Just abuse Ronaldo a little and watch him getting riled so much, you can see the smoke out of his ears! Bridge is good enough to keep anybody quiet. Not a good thought for Joe Cole, though, when we face them later this year! :D
JT_daniel
Wayne has to pass a medical and agree personal terms (no trouble there then) and he'll be a City player. Nice one Sparky, cracking buy me thinks.
Tudor
Wayne's an excellent player. Treat him well.
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