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Manchester City finally get smart in transfer market

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Apart from Edison Cavani, who instead opted for a nice pay packet at PSG, it seems Manchester City have landed their desired transfer targets, something they struggled to do during the previous summer transfer window.

City have splashed around £80 million welcoming in Brazilian midfielder, Fernandinho from Shakthar Donetsk, speedy Spanish winger Jesus Navas and powerful frontman Alvaro Negredo both from Sevilla, before completing their summer spending so far with Stevan Jovetic from Fiorentina. 

If we briefly analyse each of the players, it can be seen why these deals will no doubt increase City's chances of taking back the Premier League trophy come May.

Fernandinho:

The Brazilian arrived at Manchester City on the 6th June, becoming the fist signing of the summer at a fee of £30 million. The midfielder certainly boasts an impressive CV, with 14 club honours under his belt at the age of 28. 

He's also won two individual honours, having been named player of the season in 2007/08 not only for Shakthar, but for the Ukrainian league also. 

Thus, it is clear that the Brazilian will bring bags of experience to City, and is certainly at the peak of his footballing career. The thought of Fernandinho and Yaya Toure linking up in a powerful midfield next season will have City fans licking their lips. 

Jesus Navas:

The next player to arrive - Jesus Navas - recently stated that he was “waiting” for the Manchester City offer as he knew it was a club where he could enjoy winning trophies again. 

With eight major honours already to his name, including the World Cup and European Championship with Spain, Navas certainly has the experience and skill to become a regular at City and perhaps one of the best in the Premier League next season. 

Alvaro Negredo:

Sevilla team mate Negredo followed Navas to City by signing on 19th July for a fee reported to be around £20 million. Negredo scored an impressive 103 goals in 221 La Liga games and has won the Copa Del Ray with Sevillia and the European Championship trophy with Spain. 

The front man also spent time at Real Madrid and was Sevilla's top scorer last season with 25 goals. Upon reviewing Alvaro Negredo, it's easy to see why Manuel Pellegrini chose to recruit the fearsome forward. 

After Mario Balotelli's departure in January to AC Milan, Manchester City were left with a vacant space for a player of Negredo's height and physicality to fill. 

The Spaniard then, has the potential to become one of the top strikers in the Premier League next season. 

Stevan Jovetic:

The latest player that Manchester City have managed to capture is Jovetic. A player that has been closely watched by some of Europe's top clubs since he was just 18 and in the colours of Partizan Belgrade back in 2007. 

The young forward became Partizan's club captain at the age of 18 and scored 13 goals for them before being picked up by Fiorentina. It is understood that Manchester United and Real Madrid were also chasing his signature at this time. 

Jovetic has since impressed at the Italian club, scoring 35 goals despite spending a whole season on the sidelines due to injury in 2010/11. 

Though he is yet to impress on a Champions League level, the young Montenegrin is certainly a hot prospect, but will have to impress quickly given the harsh climate and strive for instant success at Manchester City.

Meanwhile there have also been some big names that have left Manchester City so far this summer, and with the club being linked to more players every day, it is highly likely that more heads will exit City before the window shuts.

Wayne Bridge and Roque Santa Cruz, two players most City fans have probably forgotten about, have finally been omitted from the squad roster after a number of unpromising loan spells. 

Kolo Toure also left the Etihad, seeking more playing time at Liverpool. And Brazilian right back Maicon was sold to Italian side Roma, recently shedding around £100,000 off the wage bill. 

Perhaps the biggest outgoing deal so far this summer is that of Carlos Tevez to Juventus for £12 million. The troublesome forward has certainly put his “shift” in at City, but his volatile relationship with Roberto Mancini saw many fans lose patience with the Argentine. 

Overall, the players leaving City - if you take into account Mario Balotelli's departure in January - has shown that the club is looking for a bit more stability and seeks to get rid of the “troublemakers”. 

Even the highly vocal and critical manager Roberto Mancini got the chop and was replaced by calm and collected Manuel Pellegrini.

Therefore, it is safe to say that all of the business from Manchester City so far this summer has been smart, organised and progressive. Yes, they have spent a lot of money, but the players that have been brought in are at the peak of their careers and fit into the squad sensibly. 

Gone were the days when Manchester City would splash bags of cash on mediocre players, like the £28 million spent on Emmanuel Adebayor, £21million on Jo and £18 million on Roque Santa Cruz. 

The season ahead looks positive for City, and if the players can gel quickly and live up to their full potential, we might see the title back in the blue half of Manchester come May 2014.

 

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