Manchester City may be the Premier League’s biggest spenders in recent years but they’re still not through with building the ultimate football team. Problem is, the owners now want to practice financial prudence, something that does not sit well with a manager used to spending big.
Manchester City have been surprisingly quiet in this summer’s transfer window, with Jack Rodwell the only notable addition to the Premier League-winning squad. Roberto Mancini has vocalised his desire to add to his contingent before the end of the week, but most teams are reluctant to part with their star players without adequate time to replace the outgoing men. City’s Betfair Champions League odds have not been impacted by their quiet transfer window, but Mancini’s concerns over his squad depth could well catch up with him.
With the upcoming Fifa Financial Fair Play regulations sure to have an impact on most of the major teams in Europe, City’s big-spending antics over the last number of years have started to take their toll. The Etihad Stadium outfit are eager to reduce their wage bill and have managed to offload spare parts Emmanuel Adebayor and Adam Johnson, with a number of other players surplus to requirements and potentially leaving before the window closes.
As far as new players go, the likes of Daniele De Rossi, Javi Martinez, Javi Garcia and Scott Sinclair have all been linked with a switch to the English champions, but so far City have been frustrated in their transfer attempts. The latest blow is the football news that Swansea’s rejection of their most recent offer for Sinclair, with the Liberty Stadium outfit holding out for a bigger fee. With Athletic Bilbao and Benfica doing similar for their Spanish stars, City have a decision to make.
Mancini has stressed the importance of further additions and the club may well opt to back their coach and spend. However, this late in the transfer window the club will have to part with top dollar to land the calibre of players they are after, hence going against their new-found frugality and cost-counting.
Although the loss of Adebayor or Johnson will not adversely impact on the side in the near future, Mancini will want to add strength in depth to his squad however, as City look to fight for silverware on two fronts this term. Injuries and suspensions can have their toll over a long and taxing season, and should City make it through to the latter stages of the Champions League they can expect to play 50 games and more this term.
The likes of star playmaker David Silva has been adversely affected by the physical demands of the game in England, and Mancini is clearly worried that he does not have adequate back-up should a number of his key men become unavailable. However the financial shackles that the club need to enforce to comply with Fifa going forward could well mean that the Italian manager will have to make do with what he has for now.