Riyad Mahrez becomes Manchester City’s most expensive player in history courtesy of £60m deal.
It’s official. Following the deadline day commotion back in January, Mahrez gets the move he has long desired to become the most expensive player in The Blues’ history.
Why is this deal perfect for both parties? Well, it comes down to how City have dealt in the transfer market following a title win, and that gives an insight into the next seasons’ success.
Following to the 2011/12 title win, City’s first in 44 years, they followed it up with five notable signings; Javi Garica; Jack Rodwell; Matija Nastasic; Scott Sinclair; and Maicon. None of these acquisitions added true quality to the side or the possibility for competition for first-team places, bar Rodwell, who was unfortunately hampered by injuries, it was just unnecessary squad depth. City then trailed United by 11 points in the title run-in, a figure too large to pull back.
Two years later, under the tutelage of Manuel Pellegrini, came City’s second Premier League win and the poor transfer reinforcements followed. Eliaquim Mangala, Wilfried Bony, Fernando, Willy Caballero, Bacary Sagna and Frank Lampard were the notable incomings collating £73.4m. From those names, it would only be Mangala, Fernando and Lampard who made over 15 appearances in all competitions the following season, in which City were eight points adrift of champions Chelsea.
City’s incompetence in the transfer market after a title win has been there for all to see, and this is something which has been identified and is changing through the addition of Mahrez who will not only challenge the places of wingers Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling, but also significantly contribute to the team.
Mahrez’s arrival is unlikely to be the only one this summer with a defensive midfielder expected. City are still expected to bring in a stellar reinforcement in an attempt to retain the Premier League title, an accomplishment that hasn’t been repeated in ten years.