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Man City takes the shine

The transfer window in the English Premiership finally closed this morning and I think Manchester City had the biggest scoop signing Robinho from Real Madrid.

What makes this deal more interesting and even sweeter for Man City fans is the fact that Robinho was rumoured all summer to be going to be going to Chelsea but he landed at Eastlands.

The Abu Dhabi United Group (ADUG), which is set to take over from Thaksin Shinawatra, is reported to have helped to land Robinho's signature and thats a good start for them.

I also think that Chelsea sold Shaun Wright-Philips to Man City thinking that Robinho was coming their way and therefore did not need another winger and this latest twist should have stunned Stamford Bridge who until now could do anything they wanted in the transfer market.

Other big news on the last day is the signing of Dimitar Berbatov by Manchester United and I think Sir Alex Ferguson really needed another striker especially after recent matches have shown that goals are hard to come by when Cristiano Ronaldo is not in the team.

I think it was also good to finally see Everton bring in some new faces after inactivity in the transfer throughout the off-season until last week.

Everton brought Louis Saha from Manchester United, Carlo Nash from Wigan and then record signing Marouane Fellaini from Standard Liege on a busy last day at Goodison Park.

Now to the interesting bit. With the new Man City demanding a top four finish to get into the Champions League I am wondering which of the current big four teams would lose out.

I think in the short term it looks like it would be the Arsenal because they don't tend to buy experienced players unlike the other three teams.

However, Arsenal's team of youngsters has so much as been evidenced from time to time but last season showed that sometimes they cannot last a whole season of 38 matches.

Man City's next match is against Chelsea and it will be interesting to see what will happen in that match. If they can beat Chelsea in that match then that will send shock waves throughout the league but as always the season is 38 matches long and therefore its always the teams with the biggest depth who rise to the top come May next year and the question is will City be one of them? Maybe.

If Man City only had Robinho I would be skeptical but they also have Elano, Petrov, SWP and Jo and Hughes is a top class manager. They also have Richards and recently brought in Kompany and all they need now is a top central striker. They can challenge for honours maybe not this season but in the next one they should be there in the top four. I think Liverpool to drop to the Uefa Cup places unless can get the players like Keane playing in their right places.

Thanks Glenn, yes I also think Hughes is building a good team and I think if he can reach January in a good league position then he can strengthen the team and go the top positions up to May. I hope this will make the Premiership much more interesting.

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