City completed arguably the biggest deal of the transfer window, signing Wilfried Bony from Swansea City to provide a consistent goalscorer as cover for Sergio Aguero, and Paul Parker has told Yahoo that they completed the best work during January.
In the Premier League, the biggest competition in terms of transfer business came from current league leaders Chelsea, who bought Fiorentina’s Juan Cuadrado, whilst selling Andre Schurrle to Wolfsburg and loaning Mohamed Salah to Cuadrado’s former club as part of the deal.
The Blues completed the signing late on deadline day after a protracted negotiation that relied upon Schurrle and Salah leaving Stamford Bridge, but, after Cuadrado’s arrival was confirmed, many praised the West London club for signing the 26-year-old winger. Considered an upgrade on both outgoing wingers, Chelsea managed to secure a World Cup star for a seemingly budget price, although ex-QPR, Manchester United and England defender Paul Parker believes that it was City who completed the best business.
The arrival of Bony to the Etihad provides top class cover for a position that was lacking depth for City, and the Ivorian could prove to be the catalyst that sees City overtake Chelsea in the race for the Premier League title. Parker commented to Yahoo that City were ‘logical’ in their transfer business, whereas the Blues only signed someone because they sold someone - rather than fixing an obvious problem in the squad.
The 19-capped full-back said: “Jose Mourinho doesn’t need another player like Cuadrado, and they’ve bought someone to fill a gap in the squad which was only created by the sale of Andre Schurrle. Chelsea already have Willian on the right wing in any case and he has been in very, very good form this season. The Cuadrado signing doesn’t make any sense. They have let a more experienced player go to bring in someone who is unproven in England. It is a big, big risk.
“Manchester City spent £28m on Wilfried Bony and that is a transfer that is much more logical. He won’t play regular Champions League football because you can’t play with two strikers in Europe, but in the Premier League he could be a good partner for Sergio Aguero.
“Let’s look at it this way: City have put themselves in a position to score more goals through their work in the window. Meanwhile, Chelsea have replaced a proven contributor with a player unproven in the Premier League. They have stepped back a bit.”