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Summer spotlight on Man City

We take a look at Manchester City's preparations for the new season.

Manchester City have been making all the football headlines with a major summer spending spree.
The Eastlands outfit have brought in some of Europe's top players as they bid to break into the top four.
They finished fifth last season and just missed out on a Champions League place but their new recruits will no doubt improve their chances of glory this time around.
First in the door was Jerome Boateng who joined from Hamburg for £11m. The adaptable defender impressed for Germany in their path to this year's World Cup semi-final. Ivory Coast international Yaya Toure will link up with his brother Kolo after signing from Barcelona for £25m. Another player who featured in the World Cup, midfielder Toure will be looking to add another league title to his medal collection after winning Spain's La Liga for the last two years.



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David Silva joins from Valencia in a £24m switch after helping Spain win the World Cup and is rated as one of the best wingers in Europe.
Serbia international left-back Aleksander Kolarov was recruited from Lazio for a £16m fee taking City's summer outlay to £75m. He replaces Javier Garrido who went in the opposite direction.
Also departing was Bulgarian winger Martin Petrov who was sold to Barclays Premier League rivals Bolton Wanderers, Robert Mak to Nurnberg, while Benjani Mwaruwari and Sylvinho were released.
City may have bundles of world class overseas names on their roster but watch out for Alex Henshall, a 16-year-old England youth winger, who joined from Swindon Town at the end of last season.
Roberto Mancini's charges have not had the best of pre-seasons, losing both their Barclays New York Football Challenge fixtures against Sporting Lisbon and New York Red Bulls.
They were held by Club America then crashed to defeats against Inter Milan and Borussia Dortmund. Victory over Valencia in their final warm-up match will give them confidence ahead of the big kick-off against Tottenham Hotspur.
Despite not qualifying for the Champions League, City's purchase of the likes of Toure and Silva with potentially more on the way, shows they are serious title contenders.

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