With deadline day fast approaching, last minute deals running wild throughout all the teams in the leagues. Manchester City will be looking to add to their midfield with the signing of Javi Garcia for £22 million.
The Benfica star, who operates as a defensive midfielder. Appears to be final piece in the puzzle for City boss Roberto Mancini after a very frustrating summer at Eastlands. Only Scott Sinclair and Jack Rodwell have signed so far, a huge downturn in spending in comparison to recent years and certainly in terms of star power. Neither Rodwell or Sinclair exactly the type of player to strike fear into the opposition.
Now it appears that Mancini will finally get his wish to splash big on a big summer name. But is Garcia that signing that will complete his Manchester jigsaw?
Quite frankly, no. For one, his price tag is certainly far above what is expected for a player that has achieved only one cap for Spain so far, and has only proven himself in a relatively poor Portuguese league. £22 million for a player who has yet to fully establish himself at a superior league at the age of 25 should be a bit disconcerting to City fans.
Is he also any better than what they have? With the sale of Nigel De Jong to AC Milan, City do indeed need cover in the defensive midfield position. But why sell a player who is a recognised Dutch international, and a player who had premiership experience, just to spend more on a player who will also be highly unlikely to break into the first team on a regular basis? The champions already have Toure, Zabaleta, Barry, and Rodwell who can all operate the link between defence and midfield. And Garcia is certainly not far and away above them in quality.
There are also far better players out there for a similar price. If City are willing to spend £22 million on Garcia, then surely it wouldn’t be too much to ask for them to splash out an extra £8 million for Javier Martinez of Athletic Bilbao? Younger, given more chances at international level, shown that he can indeed play against teams of the highest quality (Manchester United anyone?) To top it off he can also operate as a defender at an excellent level.
If the Premier League champions truly want to add a player who will improve the first team, then they are looking at the wrong Spaniard.
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