Manchester City splash the cash on deadline day
By Steve Griffiths, AFP
September 2, 2012, 12:05 am TWN
LONDON-- Manchester City splashed out over 35 million pounds on Inter Milan star Maicon, Benfica midfielder Javi Garcia, Swansea winger Scott Sinclair and Fiorentina defender Matija Nastasic as the Premier League champions embarked on a transfer deadline day spending spree.
City boss Roberto Mancini has endured a frustrating time in the transfer market since the end of last season, but there was a late flurry of activity at Eastlands before Friday's 2200GMT deadline.
The Italian's 6-million-pound move for Sinclair was followed by the capture of Brazil right-back Maicon for 3 million pounds.
Next up was a 12-million-pound deal for Serbia's Nastasic, which saw City defender Stefan Savic join Fiorentina in part exchange for the 19-year-old, as well as the arrival of former Arsenal goalkeeper Richard Wright on a free transfer.
Mancini wasn't finished there and he completed a 16-million-pound move for Garcia in the final minutes before the transfer window shut until January.
To make room for his fresh recruits, Mancini sold Dutch midfielder Nigel de Jong to AC Milan, while Paraguay striker Roque Santa Cruz moved to Malaga on a seasonlong loan.
Tottenham were the other big movers, signing Lyon goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and swooping for Fulham forward Clint Dempsey.
United States international Dempsey made his surprise move after Liverpool and Aston Villa were unable to complete a deal for the 7-million-pound-rated star.
As well as gate-crashing the Dempsey chase, Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas pushed through an 8-million-pound swoop for French international Lloris, who signed a four-year contract.
“I am here because I believe in Tottenham,” Lloris told Spurs TV Online.
“They have great team and everything is right to win a place in the Champions League next year.”
On a frantic day at White Hart Lane, Villas-Boas also sold Holland midfielder Rafael van der Vaart to his former club Hamburg and off-loaded Mexico forward Giovani Dos Santos to Spanish club Real Mallorca.
Fulham boss Martin Jol sealed a significant coup for his club as he signed Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov from Manchester United for 5 million pounds.
Berbatov rejected interest from Juventus, Fiorentina and Tottenham to be reunited with Jol, who worked with the forward at Spurs.