Having endured a difficult summer in the transfer market, during which only £15 million had been spent on Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell prior to this week, City flexed their financial muscle on the final day of the transfer window by investing just short of £40 million on five new signings.
The £37.15 million outlay is the
Despite City’s late entry into the market, however, Mancini has failed to secure any of his top targets – Eden Hazard, Robin van Persie, Javi Martinez and Daniele de Rossi – this summer.
Spain international Garcia is the highest profile arrival following a week of
But Mancini has also bolstered his squad by completing the £6.25 million
The £4 million sale of Dutch midfielder Nigel de Jong to AC Milan and Roque Santa Cruz’s season-long loan to Malaga completed City’s business on Friday and Mancini, who clashed with the club’s football administrator Brian Marwood over the failure to sign new players earlier this summer, admitted he was happy with the final outcome of the club’s transfer dealings.
“I was frustrated [about transfers] as it is difficult to do everything in one week or 10 days, only this reason.“ Mancini said. “But now, I think they [the club] have worked very well in the last two weeks.
“The problem for Manchester City or Paris St Germain is that every time you go to buy one player, the other club can ask for £20 million. This is not correct from the other club and this could be the problem.
“When you finish the season, you have a meeting with the club and you talk about some players, but sometimes, maybe it is not possible to take all the players you want.
“You should have a different choice and, because I have these players, I am happy.
“Some have come to play in a different championship and maybe they need time. We are talking about a top player in Maicon, because he has experience, but Nastasic will become one of the top defenders for a long time.”
After protracted talks with Swansea over the transfer of Sinclair, City finally completed their move for the 23 year-old by agreeing an initial £6.25 million fee, potentially rising to £8 million, with the Welsh club.
Swansea’s demand for a higher fee had threatened to scupper the deal before a
compromise over add-ons was reached and, after selling Adam Johnson to
Mancini said: “Sinclair plays in the same position as Johnson but the difference is that Adam works with the ball at his feet and Sinclair runs into space.
“There are some differences but they are both wingers. Adam did very well for us, scoring goals. I hope Sinclair can do like Adam or better.”
Sinclair added: “I’m just glad everything is settled and that I’m now a City player. There were times when I thought it might not happen so I’m relieved that I’m here and I can’t wait to get started.
“Playing alongside some of the best players in the world is exciting for me
and when you see two Champions League fixtures against
The capture of Brazil international Maicon, who was tormented by
Nastasic, at 19, is regarded as a signing for the future by Mancini, but the defender is already a full international for Serbia and is likely to be groomed as the long-term replacement for Joleon Lescott as partner to Vincent Kompany at the heart of City’s defence.
City are expected to receive a work permit for Nastasic on the grounds of exceptional talent and Mancini has allowed Montenegro defender Stefan Savic to move to Fiorentina as part of the transfer.
The capture of former England goalkeeper Richard Wright, who finalised a one-year contract on Friday after arriving as a free agent, is aimed at providing experienced cover for Joe Hart and Costel Pantilimon.