The Straits Times
Published on Sep 01, 2012

Man City splash the cash on transfer deadline day


LONDON (AFP) - Manchester City splashed out over 35 million pounds (S$69.4 million) 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 (6am on Saturday, Singapore time) deadline.

The Italian's six 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.