Date:Wednesday August 8 2012
Last season, Manchester City defied the odds to win their first title in 44 years. Does the squad really need strengthening or is Mancini about to embark on an unnecessary spending spree?
The list of player's that have been linked with the club over the summer includes the likes of Danielle De Rossi, Scott Sinclair and Daniel Agger.Luckily for the Blues, none of these transfer rumours have been met with any conviction from the board.
There could be many reasons for this;Perhaps they are not actually interested in any of the names being thrown around or maybe they are playing the waiting game, in the hope that they can get rid of the unwanted millionaires that are burning a hole through the clubs financial pocket, before they buy anymore.
Either way, The Champions have stayed quite on the transfer front and I certainly think it's a sign of Sheikh Mansour's long term vision for the club. The financial fair play rules are set to come into play in the next couple of years and unless your a French club or owned by a Russian billionaire, clubs are going to feel the 'wrath' of UEFA if they don't comply with them,apparently.
Is the answer to our potential defensive problems at the end of a 22million pound check? Lescott and Kompany had a brilliant season in the heart of our defence. Providing they stay clear of the injury room, they are surely Mancini's first choice partnership. Micah Richards and kolo Toure can both play at centre half if necessary and whilst Stefan Savic and Dedryck Boyata are both young and inexperienced they are more than capable of warming the bench for much less than 22 million.
Another factor to consider is the Blues Preseason formation; Mancini has opted for 3 at the back and if he is to continue with the formation he has worked hard all summer implementing, then is another expensive centre half needed?
Scott Sinclair has been seen by many as the shock of the season, but when you look at City's wide opinions, we are rather limited. Sinclair would be a great asset to the Champions, should he join the Blue revolution. Not only does he possess everything you'd look for in a winger, he also contributes to the homegrown allocation needed to compete in europe. I suppose the only worry for the board is; Would he become an unused luxury?
The answer to the potential midfield crisis is simple; give De Jong what he wants or alternatively give the likes of Abdul Razak and Denis Suarez a chance.
Whatever happens in the transfer market this season (or doesn't happen in the Champions case), I Can't wait for the season to begin. CTWD.
Date:Wednesday August 8 2012
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