Ins and outs at Eastlands

City's low-key signings not by design

September 4, 2012
By Richard Jolly
(Archive)
It was on one transfer deadline day that Manchester City announced their arrival into the ranks and on another when, once again, they were the biggest spenders. Apart from that, similarities between September 1, 2008 and August 31, 2012 are few and far between. Admittedly, there was astonishment at the signings of Robinho four years ago and Richard Wright last week, but for very different reasons.

The nouveau riche needed a statement signing in 2008. The Premier League champions' prime ...

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