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VMC's Some Might Sell: Mancio Puts Defence First



With the signings of Stefan Savic and Gael Clichy for a combined 13 million, Roberto Mancini indicates that he will again prioritise a successful defensive policy...

Manchester City's ultimately triumphant last season was built upon the finest defence in the Premier League. The Blues first moves in the summer transfer market have been to secure two young defenders with international savvy in advance of The Citizens first ever Champions League campaign.

The capture of Richard Ashcroft lookalike Savic from Partizan Belgrade is another body blow to beleaguered Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger who had the exciting young defender on trial previously. Savic said:

'I watch the Premier League all the time and I know it's the place to be so I am just looking forward to helping this club achieve great things. We have an incredible stadium and I've seen how passionate the City fans are many times on TV.'

And it's to Arsenal that Mancio may yet look again for more international experience to add to the mountain of young talent existing in the City squad. The Blues are monitoring developments surrounding Samir Nasri now that the rags have tabled a rejected bid for the twinkle toed wantaway. Nasri and Wenger are allegedly due to meet shortly to discuss the player's future.

Elsewhere, the usual round of rumours, intrigue and subterfuge continue over who will be leaving City. SWP, Bellamy, Given and Boateng are names popping up at random across the newswires.

Mr. A Source has been talking to various media outlets again on behalf of Carlos Tevez. Apparantly the former City captain is calm over the 50 million price tag that the City board have placed upon him. Let's see if Mr. Source's game of bluff and counter bluff can secure yet another lucrative move for the nomadic striker.

Meanwhile, say tuned for news of City's stadium naming rights deal which should be in place by the end of the month.


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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday July 7 2011

Time: 10:34AM

Your Comments

Two defenders for a combined 13 million, when are we going to stop distorting the market and ruining football?
Bluedub
Cue hoardes of rival fans who will no doubt spout the same old cliched nonsense about us being a dull, defensive team. (Clue - we were the fourth highest goalscorers in the league last season). As the old adage goes - strikers win you games, defenders win you titles.
fifthcolumnblue
so when are you going to stop buying people? there's got to be a point where you say enough is enough and you only need to tweak here and there...I do think United have done a good job of this the past few years. Agreed if Tevez goes he needs a replacement ( i don't think dzeko or balotelli are the answer for you lot) but other than that, i feel like you guys try to buy every top striker as well...you guys just have so many players now. I really hope the english don't get lost in the shuffle, i'm not sure Roberto has faith in them but the likes of Barry, Milner, Johnson, Lescott, Hart, should be the spine of your team. I hope Johnson is a regular starter for you as he is the most exciting english player to watch whenever I see him play.
los_angeles_villan
It's all to do with where we've come from LAV. Don't forget, 10 years ago we were in the old 2nd division. We're playing catch-up with the teams at the top, and we are very nearly there, but I think a lot of people who aren't connected to City in some way are convinced we have this huge squad bulging with talented players. We don't! We have only 3 senior strikers (two if Tevez goes) that are wanted, with Jo, Bellamy and RSC being surpluss to requirements. We also have the likes of Adebayor, Bridge, SWP who are not really good enough for the Champion's league and will all be on their bikes. Shay Given is far to good to be on the bench, so he'll most likely find his way to the Villa. Most of these players are the product of our up until recently, managerial instability, and hopefully once they're gone we will get to the stage where only tweaking will be necessary. Mancini is merely identifying the remaining areas of weakness within the squad and attempting to replace them, mostly with young prospects who will develop and grow with the team. The media may make us out to be a bit of a circus when it commes to transfers, but nothing could be further from the truth.
fifthcolumnblue
You obviously haven't seen Johnson that often if you believe he should be part of the spine of the team. He plays his best stuff as an impact player coming off the bench. Barry has been a mainstay since his arrival, Hart played every PL game last year, Milner started 23 and came on in 9 of the 37 PL games last season making him City's 8th most regular starter in the league last season, guess this would deem him a first team regular under a manager that uses rotation ( I guess you'll say differently though ), Lescott forced his way back into the team in the second half of the season and formed an excellent partnership with Kompany. Your original question of when are we going to stop spending? Why should we stop spending? Boateng looks likely to be on his way so we needed to replace him - Savic. Kolarov needed competition for his place - Clichy. You suggest we only need to tweak, I agree but where's the evidence to suggest we're not just tweaking?
Bluedub
For some reason the word "Tweaking" always makes me think of nipples... ;)
fifthcolumnblue
Tuning in Luxembourg as they say in Viz....
Johnny Baguette
Some people pretend not to understand what we are doing. Thinking its good to act thick after the age of 15 should be a criminal offence.
RobsonGreensleeves
I like the thinking Robson, but how the hell are we going to lock up 90% of the world's population?
fifthcolumnblue
Well lock up the English then Robson, everyone knows it's part of English culture to whine and complain about everything.
los_angeles_villan
 

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