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Official: The 2021 Summer Transfer Window Closes

Alas, all things must come to end just like this summer transfer, but the transfer didn’t end in the way we all hoped.

After 12 weeks of negotiations on a plethora of different deals our only successful signing of was Super Jack Grealish.

Reports for 11 out of the 12 weeks in the transfer window maintained the idea that Man City were ‘confident’ in signing Harry Kane after a replacement was needed to fill the shoes of King Kun Agüero, though after 11 weeks of confidence, negotiations very much not moving forward and two failed bids Man City decided to come to terms that they wouldn‘t be signing Harry Kane and Kane decided to publish on social media his intentions to stay at the club.

“It was incredible to see the reception from the Spurs fans on Sunday and to read some of the messages of support I've had in the last few weeks. 👏⚽ I will be staying at Tottenham this summer and will be 100% focused on helping the team achieve success.” - Harry Kane

Lionel Messi in the most shocking transfer this summer as he decided to leave Barcelona which left Man City and PSG as the only viable options for the GOAT, but as per Pol Ballús Lionel Messi was not an option for Man City as he wouldn’t fit their wage structure - quickly quelling any hopes of a Messi move to the Etihad. Lionel Messi later signed for PSG on a massive contract.

Another shock in the transfer was a potential move for Cristiano Ronaldo to the Etihad. Ronaldo was offered to Man City by agent Nuno Mendes. The deal seemed to be all but done according to Italian/Spanish media but proved not to be the case after Man United entered the debate by putting in an official offer and announced the signing (in principle) of Ronaldo in less than 4 hours, another blow for an already deflated fan base.

Today, there was a flutter of reports saying Manchester City alongside PSG were negotiating with Sporting to sign Nuno Mendes but once again Man City took the stance that they had ‘no intention‘ of signing the Portuguese left-back for €40m which led to PSG signing him.

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While Man City didn’t get what they set out, a striker, they did get a proper David Silva replacement in the £100m signing of Jack Grealish.

The former Villa star really only cost Man City £40m after the club created £60m in revenue from sales in ‘fringe players’.

So, was this transfer window a failure?

Long story short, yes. Manchester City failed to bring in a Sergio Agüero replacement after making the decision not to renew his contract. It’s well known that Gabriel Jesus is better on the wings (and has considerable talent there too) but there are times where you need a clinical striker to execute those chances. The same chances which have single-handedly knocked Man City out of competitions.

A left-back would have been nice but is not as crucial as a striker as of right now. Cancelo, Akè and Zinchenko are all great advocates for the left-back spot and will do just fine as we look to strengthen next season.

There will be huge pressure for Man City to sign a striker of Sergio Agüero’ quality, a competitor for Rodri in that CDM spot (as Fernandinho may be looking to retire) and left-back if needed.

Written by Shayne/@MCFCnow.

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