One of former Man City manager Roberto Mancini’s criticism’s of the club last season, was that City was not active enough in the early part of the summer, and as a result they missed out on De Rossi, van Persie and Hazard.
Well when City name Manuel Pellegrini as their new boss in the next week, he will not have the same complaint as Mancini, as City have already splashed close to £50m on Fernandinho and Jesus Navas.
Fernandinho is a 28-year-old defensive midfielder that City have signed from Shakhtar Donetsk for around£30m.
City never really replaced De Jong when he left his summer, and with Gareth Barry entering the last year of his contract, Fernandinho seems to be their replacement.
The Brazilian told City’s website that he is fully aware of what to expect in his new surroundings.
“This is a change, a challenge and a chance that I have been waiting a long time for,” he said. “Playing in the Premier League for City is like a dream.
“My ambition here is to win all the titles, the team here is strong, and so is the greatness of the club and the supporters. Professionally this is a spectacular thing. Playing for a huge club in a huge league makes me so happy. I hope I will be able to repay City for what they have done for me.
“I know I will face challenges but I am prepared for them. Every player at a high level faces pressure and must respond and I am ready for that too. I know a lot about City. Ever since they expressed an interest in me, I have been learning more.”
Last season City’s lack of width made it difficult at times for them to break down defences. Which is why the signing of winger Jesus Navas from Sevilla makes sense. The £16m winger will give rather Pellegrini another option next season. It will be interesting to see if the signing of Navas means that Dzeko will be staying ar City. He looked to be on his way out this summer, but he is the one striker in the Man City best suited to play alongside a quality winger.