With just under two weeks until the close of the Summer Transfer Window, Manchester City has been surprisingly quiet in the market. City has broken the bank in order to bring Raheem Sterling to the Etihad, but that is the only big piece of business for the club thus far. Without the restrictions of Financial Fair Play, many expected the club to enjoy a spending spree throughout the course of the Summer. However, the big signings have been limited so far.
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The positive start to the season could serve as a deterrent for City to mess with the chemistry of the squad by adding new pieces to the puzzle. However, the club has been linked with two expensive signings that could come before the September 1st deadline for the Summer Transfer Window. Manchester City appears close to securing the services of Valencia center back and Argentina star Nicolas Otamendi.
The other major signing for the club has been the constantly discussed is Belgian, Kevin De Bruyne. De Bruyne has spent time in the Barclays Premier League with Chelsea, but endured a less than spectacular season with the Blues. In his return to Germany, De Bruyne emerged as a superstar, scoring 10 goals and contributing 20 assists en route to being named Player of the Year with Wolfsburg in the German Bundesliga.
A move to Manchester appeared imminent for weeks, but recent comments could be cause for concern for Manchester City. According to ESPN FC, in accepting one of his awards on the evening the player stated, “I, Kevin De Bruyne, will definitely play at Wolfsburg this season.” At the time, it appeared that the comments were a firm statement that the player was not going to leave the club to join City this Summer.
However, later that evening, the players agent released a statement stating “We are devastated.” The agent went on to say, “I am furious by what has happened tonight. Kevin wanted to show respect by attending this event. No decision has been made on Kevin’s future in this transfer window.” The agent suggested that De Bruyne was not aware of what he was saying and that he was a victim of “a practical joke in a live show, in a language the player doesn’t completely understand? Unbelievable.”
Regardless of the situation, the best thing for both parties is to get the deal over as soon as possible. If De Bruyne wants to stay in Germany, City has proven they are good enough to compete with any team in the Barclays Premier League. If the player wants to join the Citizens, he will provide another weapon for the attack at the Etihad.