Bargain Bin Bruno
In a summer full of inflated transfer prices, Man City of all clubs looked to have picked up a real bargain in the form of combative midfielder Bruno Zuculini.
Hull City have spent a reported £8m; £7m on Jake Livermore and Robert Snodgrass respectively. Sunderland have spent £10m on a player who has spent the last two seasons keeping Manchester City’s treatment table warm. Yet even more shocking than those deals is that Fulham, that’s Championship club Fulham, have given Leeds United a whopping £11m in exchange for Ross McCormack.
Yet amongst all this anarchy comes a signing that has slipped, silently under the radar. Man City have paid a reported £1.5m for Argentine Bruno Zuculini from Racing Club. Zuculini made 92 appearances for Racing Club scoring 10 goals (all by the tender age of 21) and has now joined City’s ever growing Argentinian contingent.
Having only seeing him play for the first time in Man City’s pre-season fixtures this summer, he is an instantly likeable midfielder, with his bullish style off the ball and graceful technique with it. Although early rumours have Zuculini travelling to Spain for an experience gaining season long loan deal, the imminent sale of Javi Garcia to Zenit St. Petersburg might suggest that his pre-season performances haver persuaded Manuel Pellegrini to keep his new signing in Manchester.
Selling a largely disappointing Garcia for £12m and replacing him with a promising 21 year old, Zuculini for a mere £1.5m is exactly the kind of business that City are looking to do, given Uefa’s FFP eye beaming down on them. The early signs suggest they’ve got this one spot on.