When it comes to carelessly spending large amounts of cash with almost every passing transfer window, Manchester City have certainly become a club well versed in such a notion.
Since the convenient injection of wealth behind the scenes at the Etihad not so long ago, Manuel Pellegrini’s side seemingly never fail to get the cheque-book out whenever the chance arises, culminating most recently in their staggering £49million investment in former Liverpool youngster Raheem Sterling.
However, even though the advent of financial fair-play is supposed to be keeping tabs on any crazy spending within the English Premier League this summer, Manchester City nevertheless look set to complete yet another marquee signing – this time in the form of Valencia’s £28.5million rated Nicolas Otamendi.
The dominant Argentinean centre-back has been the subject of a vast amount of interest this window thanks to his impressive form in La Liga across the 2014/15 campaign. So then, will this simply prove yet another expensive gamble for Man City in the transfer market, or does Nicolas Otamendi actually represent the perfect signing for Pellegrini ahead of the new season?
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Well, in beginning such an important discussion for the Citizens this term, it really is no surprise that a club such as Manchester City have displayed serious intent in landing Otamendi this summer. The former Porto star was in absolutely fine form last season, proving one of the standout centre-backs across the entire European footballing scene.
Whilst the apparent deal to bring the 27-year-old defender to the Etihad could potentially involve some of the backlogged compensation for Alvaro Negredo’s previous move to Valencia – as well as the likely loan switch of Eliaquim Mangala moving in the other direction – Nicolas Otamendi still represents a major transfer for City.
When it comes to making sure his side have a resolute last line of defence, the Argentinean international has rarely disappointed in recent outings. Valencia’s in-form centre-back has proven more than adept at reading the game effectively, his prowess in the air really is something to be admired – and when it comes to making last minute blocks as well as match-saving interceptions – Manchester City’s latest defensive target seems to be the real deal to say the very least.
Yes, valid question marks can still admittedly be raised regarding Otamendi’s ability to adapt to the pace and physicality of the Premier League, but considering the fact that Manuel Pellegrini currently relies upon the likes of Vincent Kompany, Eliaquim Mangala and Martin Demichelis at the back – such concerns ultimately shouldn’t worry the Etihad faithful too much this summer.
The aforementioned defensive stars aren’t the quickest centre-backs by any measure. They have each cost their side valuable points across the previous 2014/15 season, with 24-year-old Mangala acting as a particularly unpredictable asset for his manager with all things considered. How the so far calamitous Frenchman ever managed to cost City a grand total of £32 million last summer remains anyone’s guess at this current stage…
In light of Mangala’s recent struggles to make it in the Premier League, Otamendi should represent a much more reliable head for Pellegrini to count upon during the upcoming campaign. The promising South American defender should give Vincent Kompany that extra bit of breathing room at the Etihad to focus on his own individual game, and not have to worry about overseeing his defensive partner throughout each of his respective matches.
That has been something that has distinctly held Kompany back in recent outings, so Otamendi’s likely arrival at the Etihad should definitely signal a great deal of improvement out on the pitch for Manchester City.
Therefore, even though the Citizens are completely failing to produce their own up and coming stars from their once profitable academy nowadays, the signing of Valencia’s first choice centre-back nonetheless presents a great prospect for Manuel Pellegrini this season.
There may be other defensive names out there worthy of capturing the attention of Manchester City going into the new campaign, but seeing as Nicolas Otamendi was also reportedly targeted by rivals Manchester United this summer, that alone should be enough the put some smiles on the faces of the Etihad faithful.