City spend big!
Jack Thayre hasn't been shy when it comes to spending money, with close to £100 million being spent already. And with another £40 million coming in for Edin Dzeko adding to an already high transfer budget. A total of 7 players have come in, with Thayre still reportedly willing to still spend some more money.
PSG Midfielder Marco Verratti was the first big name player willing to join Manchester City in the 6th tier of English football than to stay at the highest level. Verratti started his career with Italian side Pescara in 2008. He spent four years there, making 74 appearances but scoring just 2 goals, before PSG spent £9 million in adding the Italian to their ranks just last year. Just 27 games later, he moves to Mancheester, with City paying out 3 times what PSG did, in a whopping £27 million deal. Thayre said "Verratti has always been quality in my eyes. A solid playmake, more of an set up player than a scorer. Definitely a top buy for a club in the position we are in"
Will Hughes had a good thing going at Derby, having made 38 league appearances in the 3 years he spent at the club. It was reported that many big clubs wanted to buy Hughes, but City won the race by paying £7.5 million for a player Thayre once said had the potential to be better than Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard. As a Liverpool fan, that must have taken a lot for Thayre to say.
Gary Bowyer had said for ages that Rhodes was not going anywhere. The striker who played for Oxford United,Rochdale and Brentford on loan from Ipswhich before joining Huddersfield, had scored 73 goals in just 124 games, before his £8 million move last year. Last season, he scored 26 in 43 for Blackburn. Thayre tested Bowyer's resolve by bidding £18 million, and Rhodes is now at the Etihad. The question remains to be if he will play ahead of Aguero, Negredo and Jovetic?
Neven Subotic adds to City's already strong defense. With Everton having had an offer accepted, Thayre acted quick to break up what he said was one of the best defense's in europe. "Hummels and Subotic are two of the best defenders in Europe, and since the decline of Vidic and Ferdinand.....certainly the best." He agreed a £9.25 million deal to leave Dortmund, who he joined from Mainz 5 years ago.
Roma favourite Mattia Destro leaves Roma as one of the strikers for the future. Francesco Totti reportedly was keen on getting him a new contract, labeling him as having the potential to rule Italy. But, City paid get this, £12 million for a player that Thayre said "is worth £30 million plus." But, Roma will be kicking themselves in the teeth. Destro says "I'm trying to get rid of Neal." Whoever this Neal is, we shall see.
Having been linked with a loan move, it was believed he was going to England anyway. It was however a surprise to see him join City, especially when he has expressed his love of Genk. He had scored 65 goals for the club since 2006 and a further 6 on loan at Cercle Brugge so Thayre knows he is getting yet another good goal scorer. City paid £15 million for the Belgian international, and this could pave the way for more sales.
Thayre said this transfer was mainly for the future. Reports suggested he'd have rather signed Ter Stegen, but he joined Barcelona. Instead Thayre made a £10 million bid to sign a highly coveted young keeper from Frankfurt. He will have to fight Caballero and Hart for the number one slot, but he has ounces of potential.