Date: 12th September 2013 at 7:36am
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VMC’s Jake draws the line under what was a calmly constructed summer of transfer activity for Manchester City but already has one eye on January…

As a fanatical Manchester City supporter who has seats on the front row at exactly the halfway line at The Etihad stadium I was more than excited to position myself in pole position on the sofa with the sky remote seeing what deals City could make on transfer deadline day. As the transfer deadline day unfolded I became very disappointed that our club didn’t do anymore big business.

I do have to agree that we have done some good business this summer with some great additions like Negredo, Navas, Jovetic, Fernandinho and Demichelis. Navas’ pace is electric and Fernadinho demonstrates cool collectiveness on the ball, not forgetting to mention Negredo and Jovetic’s outstanding performances in the Audi Cup in Munich.

Putting all that to one side I still felt that through all the criticism that Arsenal got I still think that they picked up the signing of the summer with Mesut Ozil to the Emirates as the transfer window came to a close.

I would have been delighted to have seen Ozil join City this summer, could you have imagined that almighty midfield. I was lucky enough to watch him at the world cup in South Africa before going to Real Madrid. I also watched him play a lot in la Liga, threading balls through the eye of a needle and scoring some great solo goals.

Well it’s done and dusted for now but I do not want a repeat of last January of City not signing anybody so I will be hoping that we might sign the very highly rated Julian Draxler who plays for Schalke and Germany, a young player that City should look into.

It would also be great if City can look into signing Borussia Dortmund Striker Robert Lewandowski who came alive in last season’s Champion’s League.

I applaud the decision to purchase Negredo as he fills the gap left by Mario Balotelli but hopefully without the high maintenance parking fines.

Jovetic seems to be a younger version of Carlos Tevez who didn’t bother to notice the adoring fans on the lap of honour against Norwich on the last game of the season. Jovetic has a prolific right foot and an unblemished record at the penalty spot.

Up front, I felt City lacked the ability in supplying crosses last season. Something Edin Dzeko was crying out for, so to bring in Navas to add crosses and pace and also to be able to re-link up with Negredo again would be beneficial to the club this season.

Demichelis is a favourite of Manuel after playing under him at Malaga last year and he managed to get into La Liga’s team of the year last season. The experienced 32 year old will not back down from a tackle and also adds cover following the loss of Kolo Toure.

If the sums are correct, £92 million is what we have spent in order to bring the title back home to the Etihad.

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