Despite the fact that the transfer window does not officially open until the 1st July, Manchester City have not wasted any time in starting their business this summer, announcing the capture of Jesus Navas and Fernandinho along with the appointment of new manager Manuel Pellegrini.
Clearly the pain of last year still smarts at the Etihad, with Manchester City dumped out of the Champions League in the group stages, before meekly surrendering their Premier League title to their neighbours and imploding in the FA Cup final to finish the season without a trophy.
Addressing the problems in their squad has become a key priority, and the arrival of Navas and Fernandinho will likely be followed by one or two more high profile signings, with Isco and Edinson Cavani reportedly being considered.
However amongst all this, they should consider a more low key move for a former player. David Pizarro spent a quiet six months on at the Etihad during their title winning season, but there are reasons to believe that he could be an influential player for Manchester City if they signed him this summer.
The Chilean is now 33, and is keen for a move to a top club after an excellent season with Fiorentina. His agent has already mentioned Manchester City as a possible destination, and although any agent worth his salt would try and get his player a move to City, it might be something that Manuel Pellegrini should consider.
Pizarro is a deep-lying playmaker who has a superb range of passing, and his ball-playing style and experience is something that City could be said to lack in the heart of their formation.
Yaya Toure and Fernandinho are excellent players, but both do most of their best work rampaging forward with the ball at their feet, whilst Gareth Barry is not in the same league as the Chilean, and likely to leave the Etihad this summer.
Adding Pizarro to the side will give City more comfort when on the ball, making it easier to dominate matches and bring their attack into play. Whilst Pizarro might not be a regular starter, he would be able to bring something different to the team from the bench, especially in games where City are looking to unpick stubborn defences in the last 20 minutes.
The Chilean would not be the most exciting signing of City’s summer, but if they can pick Pizarro up on the cheap, he would be a wise addition to the squad as they look to compete on all fronts next season.
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