Champions City are the only club among the Premier League title contenders to not add to their squad, and ahead of Sunday’s Community Shield showdown with Chelsea, Mancini went on the attack again over City’s lack of activity in the transfer market, pinning the blame firmly on City’s football administrator Brian Marwood:
“Sorry, but for this you should talk to Brian Marwood. I don’t want to talk about it. Talk with Marwood please.
“I am not happy but I won’t say anything at the moment.
“I think we have a good team but it is impossible that after two years you did everything well. You need to continue to improve in every way.
“We are a young team. We play together for only two years and we need to improve.”
It has been a strange offseason for the Premier League champions as they seem totally focused on complying with Uefa’s Financial Fair Play rules, at the total expense of everything else.
Whilst Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain have totally ignored Financial Fair Play, spending big this summer on big name stars, City seem to be shopping at cheaper tables than in the past.
Instead of targeting the likes of Carlos Tevez, Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure as they have in the past, City have been most prominently linked with Swansea City player Scott Sinclair this summer. Sinclair is a nice player, but is he the type of player that can take City to the next level in Europe? No. He is purely a squad player, something that Man City have lots off.
Maybe once Marwood finds permanent homes for the likes of Emmanuel Adebayor and Roque Santa Cruz will he turn his attention to bolstering Mancini’s squad, but that will be too late for Mancini.