There is a well-known quote about the human desire for possession from the famous Greek philosopher Socrates who said, “He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.” Premier League club Manchester City is fast becoming the perfect epitome of this saying as they don’t seem to think they have enough talented players on the squad already and the club’s “wanted” list continues to grow invariably.
A transfer day deadline deal for the highly rated Porto and France defender Eliaquim Mangala did not go through as the two clubs involved could not reach an agreement on the price tag, but City is expected to poach him in the summer by making a new offer.
With more than 100 million pounds spent on transfers before the season began, the team performing exceptionally well and in the thick of four different trophy hunts, Manuel Pellegrini and the City boardroom staff do not think that they have all the ingredients required for a successful season.
It is ironic that the club do not seem to be satisfied with the current players they possess when the team has been beating opponents to pulp with ease and Pellegrini is embarrassing fellow managers with tennis-like score-lines. Jose Mourinho‘s Chelsea visit the Etihad twice this month and has the best chance of any of the League clubs to stop City‘s unbelievable goal-scoring exploits at home.
City’s wealth and growing stature would surely aid them in attracting world-class talent, but Pellegrini needs to be careful to ensure that new signings do not affect the perfect team chemistry and balance that he has constructed so meticulously this season.