Should Manchester City be taken seriously this season?
They are now undoubtedly one of the richest clubs in the world after UAE owner Sheikh Mansour became the owner of the club last summer. That was the day Manchester City started a revolution of its own, writes Abhishek Nandwani.sports Updated: Aug 10, 2009 13:47 IST
They are now undoubtedly one of the richest clubs in the world after UAE owner Sheikh Mansour took over last summer. Within hours of buying the club Manchester City pulled off the biggest surprise by inducting one of the best in the business Robinho, breaking the British transfer record with a payment of 32.5 million pounds.
That was the day Manchester City started a revolution of its own. It's been almost a year now after Robinho purchase and since then they have been linked with almost all the whos who of football starting from Kaka to John Terry.
Without a doubt money is not a problem for the club like Manchester City, the biggest problem they faced in January transfer window was that no big stars were willing to come to them as they don't have a history and success like Man Utd, Liverpool etc.. But in January Kaka almost joined them for around 100 million pounds until the deal was called off by player himself as he wanted to stay in AC Milan at that time.( This season he has joined Real Madrid).
Last season they purchased lots of good players but after a wonderful start to the season they could only manage 10th position in the league which according to the critics was a bad performance after such an entertaining transfer business and start to the season.
But now the time has changed, this transfer market they have already purchased Gareth Barry, Santa Cruz and one of the best Carlos Tevez( who left their city rivals Man Utd to join City revolution), and their business is still not over. They are still in talks with Arsenal hitman Emmanuel Adebayor with reports claiming he will be joining City sooner than later and another big name, England and Chelsea captain, John Terry may agree to 50 million pounds transfer from Chelsea to crazy spenders Manchester City.
With an estimated fortune of 555 billion pounds, money is no problem for The Citizens, they have already spent around 60 million pound on three players and their buying spree is far from over. They have already been criticized by number of football legends for spending big money in transfer market at the time of economic slowdown. Last week Manchester United coach Sir Alex Ferguson was reported saying that Manchester City and Real Madrid have made transfer business look silly and comic.
But the question here is with the induction of players like Barry, Santa Cruz and Tevez and many more star names to come and join them, is it that the time has really come to take Man City seriously. Do they really have enough stability in the squad that they can break into top four and finish the domination of clubs like Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal.