Manchester City's £90 million spending spree has highlighted how intent Manuel Pellegrini is on challenging for both domestic and European titles.
The Citizen’s large spending followed a disappointing 2nd place finish in the league campaign and a very unconvincing group stage exit from the Champions League.
This was compounded with 23 less goals scored last season compared with the previous season when they won the league, possibly indicating where the weaknesses lay during their last campaign.
Making all four signings very earlier in the market meant all their new boys featured on their pre-season tour and got game time in the Asia trophy.
With other title challengers such as Chelsea and neighbours Manchester United still not having completed all their deals in the transfer market yet, Manchester City have no doubt taken an advantage by already embedding their new stars into the team.
The signings of Stevan Jovetic and Alvaro Negredo will definitely add firepower to their strike force, with the likes of Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko already proving clinical strikers in the league.
City's four strikers will undoubtedly be the most threatening strike force in the division and should cause problems for every other team in the league.
While the signings of Jesus Navas and Fernandinho add to an already vastly equipped midfield bearing Yaya Toure, David Silva, and Samir Nasir, both players will add something different to the midfield in the City side, and it can only make the side stronger than it already is.
Jesus Navas a flying winger, with electric pace and exceptional crossing, the sort of player Manchester City missed last year, with players like David Silva and Nasri loving to come inside to get more involved in the game and not play their game down the wings.
With James Milner and the under-achieving Scott Sinclair being the only real wingers in the squad, the £17 million pound man could be a master stroke by Pellegrini in adding something different an already quality midfield.
Fernandinho is a box-to-box midfield player who takes up a role very similar to Yaya Toure, and the two should be able to complement each other. Either playing a deep-midfield role or in an attacking role, both men are very effective.
Fernandinho is exceptional at reading the game, with an eye for killer through balls, also possessing a good long shot. While being very effective and having Champions league experience at Shakhtar Donetsk, he will have no problem with the pace of the game in European competition but, it is to be seen if he can adapt to the English game.
Whether all four signings can live up to the hype and price tag they have been given remains to be seen, but you can expect Manchester City to be a much bigger threat than they were last season, and challenge for all four trophies available.
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