In May I wrote a very long article which looked at Txiki Begiristain's record as DoF at Barcelona. I highlighted Txiki's strengths and weaknesses and looked for any trends in his recruitment policy. That article can be found here.
Summer window 2013 was Begiristain's, and Pellegrini's, first window in charge of player recruitment. So how did it shake down? Pretty well in my opinion.
Ins and Outs
|TRANSFERS IN||TRANSFERS OUT|
|Fernandinho - €40m - Shakhtar||Toure - Free - Liverpool|
|Jovetic - €26m - Fiorentina||Bridge - Free - Reading|
|Negredo - €25m - Sevilla||Santa Cruz - free - Malaga|
|Navas - €20m - Sevilla||Maicon - Free - Roma|
|Demechilis - €5m - Atletico Madrid||Rekik - Loan - PSV|
|-||Bunn - Loan - Sheffield United|
|-||Sinclair - Loan - West Brom|
|-||Rusnak - Loan - Oldham|
|-||Wabara - Loan - Doncaster|
|-||Barry? - Loan - Everton|
|-||Helan - €407k - Sheffield Wednesday|
|-||Tevez - 9m - Juventus|
Man City's total Summer spend came to a total of 116m Euros. Very little money (Tevez) was recouped but a huge money saving was made in clearing the past mistakes and huge player wages off of the books.
Gareth Barry's loan deal to Everton may upset some of the more sentimental amongst us but the cold reality is that Barry has slipped down the pecking order. In fact, City did well to find a club who were willing to pay the full (reported) £135k pw wages that the aging, never quick, but highly intelligent midfielder.
Tevez's sale, all-in-all, was the best move for all concerned.
The incoming signings will take time tpo bed in and in Jovetic's case it may take two years before we know what we may have.