Bacary Sagna has finalised a move to Manchester City on a three-year deal on reported wages of an astounding £150,000-per-week.
Despite breaking FIFA financial fair play (FFP) rules last season, this contract shows City have no interest in investing for the future.
Initially, signing Sagna appeared a good deal, as a proven defender with Premier League experience. However, paying a player over £100,000-a-week despite him being in the twilight of his career is simply ludicrous.
Furthermore, City already have a wealth of full-backs at the club, with Gael Clichy, Pablo Zabaleta and Aleksander Kolarov all at the Etihad.
While Arsenal fans will still be angry at the way Samir Nasri and Clichy left the club, they will be probably be laughing at City after their latest raid.
What makes this unnecessary spending worse is the fact City were recently investigated for breaking FFP rules. As a result they have to pay a £49 million fine over the next three seasons, but the club have already made it known that this won’t effect their summer spending.
Sagna, 31, has nearly doubled his salary at an age where most clubs, if not all, would try and reduce his pay cheque. Sagna will have had offers from other clubs, but none will surely have offered him such a hefty contract.
Regardless of who starts on the flanks for Man City next season, they will have two international full-backs on the bench and Sagna’s signing surely signals the end of Micah Richards’ career at the club.
Manchester City have won the league twice by investing heavily in world-class players at the peak of their powers.
They are once again spending a huge sum of money here, but for a player who may have already thought about the prospect of hanging up his boots in three years time.
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