Not many people saw this transfer coming before the news broke that Jack Rodwell will be making the move from Everton to Manchester City.
Everton fans will be hugely disappointed at the news that one of their most talented youngsters is moving on whilst Manchester City fans should be excited at the potential gem they have on their hands.
The fee has so far been undisclosed but it is widely believed that it is in the region of £15-20 million. A heightened price indeed but this is a signing that makes sense on so many levels, and realistically is more important to the club than Robn Van Persie would have been.
For starters the recent British quota that has come in to play in the Premier League means that a squad full of European stars like that of City's needed to buy British.
There's no point buying a player in the prime of their career who has not kicked on and Owen Hargreaves showed that experience is not always the way to go. Rodwell is an expensive gamble but his youthful abundance of talent makes it a worthwhile punt.
Gareth Barry has been an underrated cog of the Manchester City machine that has progressively powered their way to the top but the former Villa captain's age is now catching up with him.
The signing of Rodwell means that he can be rested for certain games, retaining energy levels for the big games. Eventually there will be a platform for Rodwell to step up to when Barry retires or is moved on and earlier experiences will set young Jack up for a less pressuring introduction to the first team.
Unlike the rest of City's squad, Rodwell has not achieved any success at senior level football and his hunger will be clear to see when he's on the pitch. Whilst players who have achieved major trophy success can become complacent, this will not affect Rodwell and training alongside winners of the calibre of some of City's players will only improve his game.
Injuries have been an issue for the youngster in the past but should City's expensively assembled, top of the range medical team be able to patch Rodwell up and keep him fit, there's certainly a future England international regular on their books.
But most importantly perhaps to some City fans, the signing is yet another one-up on cross city rivals, United. It has been well known that for years Alex Ferguson has had plenty of admiration for Jack Rodwell, and in the past enquiries have been dismissed.
By beating United to the signing of Rodwell, City fans will rejoice that like with Carlos Tevez and Samir Nasri, the blue half of Manchester has once again come out on top.
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