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Premier League champions Manchester City were the first of the big guns to kick-off their deadline day spending by completing their long anticipated capture of England youth international Scott Sinclair from Swansea City for a fee rumoured to be close to Â£6.2 million. Earlier in the day, Man City had also begun the day on an auspicious note by ridding themselves of hard tackling midfielder Nigel de Jong, who has joined AC Milan.
Sinclair's capture helps Man City make up for the departure of winger Adam Johnson, who was sold earlier this week to Sunderland for Â£10 million. Sinclair presents a younger, cheaper, sharper and hungrier alternative to Johnson on the wing, and has the potential to grow into a more useful squad player than the one-dimensional winger that was Johnson.
However, one can't help but wonder if the former Chelsea lad will get enough opportunities to impress at Manchester City, and whether he has moved back to a top club a couple of seasons too soon.
Sinclair himself though was understandably delighted with the move and told the Manchester City website, "I'm just glad everything is settled and that I'm now a City player. There were times when I thought it might not happen so I'm relieved that I'm here and I can't wait to get started. Playing alongside some of the best players in the world is exciting for me and when you see two Champions League fixtures against Real Madrid on the horizon, it brings it all home."
Meanwhile, Manchester City continue to trim out the fat from their squad, selling Nigel de Jong to AC Milan for a fee believed to be in the region of 3-5 million euros, a fair loss on a player they bought for â‚¬18 million a few years back. De Jong though was in the final year of his contract at City, and with the club unwilling to match his wage expectations, the sale was hardly surprising.
De Jong will hope to replace former Dutch international skipper Mark van Bommel in the heart of the Milan midfield.
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