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Manchester City sign Sergio Aguero as the transfer merry-go-round continues to spin

By Steven Oldham, Chief Sports Correspondent

As I write this, Sergio Aguero is having a medical to become Manchester City’s latest big-money signing. The Argentinian striker is  set to complete an eye-watering £38m transfer from Atletico Madrid.  Here at MM we feel this potentially momentous signing for City is the right time to sit back and take stock of what transfers have gone through for the Manchester clubs so far this summer.

Neighbours and bitter rivals Manchester United have not been shy in splashing the cash so far this summer – Aguero’s former Atletico Madrid teammate, goalkeeper Daniel De Gea, arrived last month for an undisclosed sum. De Gea, a Spanish Under-21 international, has been brought in on a five year deal and is intended as a direct replacement for Edwin van der Sar who retired in May.

New boy De Gea was United’s second arrival of the summer, following the capture of promising English centre back Phil Jones from Blackburn in a deal that could top £20m with add-ons. Jones, 19, has been described as a future England captain by former manager Steve Kean, who also revealed the Ewood Park club had offered Jones the biggest contract in the club’s history to stay put.

United’s other signing this summer is that of Aston Villa winger Ashley Young, who has been linked to Old Trafford for the past two summers at least.  His arrival will give Sir Alex Ferguson options in midfield. 

These young new signings are a statement of intent by Ferguson, who has seen a number of long-standing players leave this summer, with Paul Scholes and Edwin Van der Sar retiring, and John O’Shea and Wes Brown moving to Sunderland.

In comparison to previous years, it’s been a fairly quiet summer so far for City in terms of signings. Aguero will undoubtedly be the biggest deal they have completed so far in the off season.

Gael Clichy’s signing from Arsenal was a solid if not spectacular signing, while 20-year-old Montenegrin defender Stefan Savic is unproven at the top level after joining the Blues from Partizan Belgrade. 

Clichy however is still young despite being around for what seems like forever – he is only 26, but is a Premier League and FA Cup winner, and was included in the PFA Team of the Year in 2007-2008. 

Savic could have been Clichy’s teammate at Arsenal for a season, after having a trial at the Emirates in 2010 before the deal fell through. He played for his country against England last autumn.

As the Tevez saga rumbles on, players have left City relatively unnoticed – for now.  Keeper Shay Given, relegated to second choice for the first time in his career by Joe Hart last season, has clearly had enough of bench-warming and moves to Aston Villa in a good deal for both parties. However, should Hart get injured, will City regret letting a vastly able and experienced keeper move on?

Jerome Boateng has left the Etihad Stadium after just one season, returning to Germany after making just 24 appearances in an injury hit season. He arrived last year from Hamburg after a successful World Cup campaign but failed to secure first team football when he was fit.

On the balance of it, whilst both teams have made good signings, kudos must go to United for securing three of the game’s prime young talents to replace the experienced players they have lost or moved on. Jones, De Gea and Young may be the future of the game, but they are ready now.

 

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