Confirmation of Manchester City’s latest signing, Patrick Viera, the France and ex Arsenal player has been received over the last few hours on an apparent 6 month loan contract with an option of another 12 months should the World Cup winner chose to do so.
Whilst the player is now at 33, and possibly not playing the best football of his illustrious career, Mancini has obviously thought otherwise and added “Patrick is a world class midfielder with a winner’s mentality and will fit into this group very well.”
Whether or not he fits into a team that is already full to the tilt of apparent super stars will remain to be seen and it will be of note to many that the Italian league is no where near as fast or ferocious where the Premiership is concerned and there will be concerns over his fitness, particularly against the likes of younger player he was grow up such as Cesg Fabregas of Arsenal.
Manchester City will see the signing as somewhat of a coup for a team that are still pushing for the fourth spot and signing of Viera’s quality can only add to their aspirations. With the loan deal only first at 6 months it shows that Mancini will simply not splash out millions of pounds on players that feel will have no short or even long term effect on his team.
City’s odds remain somewhat unchanged with the best online bookmakers making them 25/1 for the premiership title but now favourites at 4/5 for top spot without the “big four”.