Other clubs such as Tottenham and Sunderland have tried to follow in pursuit but with the big four remaining low key in terms of transfer developments, have Manchester Cities millions made the market too predictable and boring?
It is very difficult to use the word ‘boring’ when referring to Manchester City in the transfer market simply because they have continued to surprise so many by purchasing all different types of players at extortionate prices.
The shock capture of Emmanuel Adebayor from Arsenal for £25 million and the recent purchase of Carlos Tevez for the same amount, which has still left a bitter taste in their rival supporter’s mouth, have livened up our summer and demonstrated the chairman’s ambition to break into the Premier Leagues exclusive top four club.
Add these two players along with the likes of Gareth Barry, who was the first to join the club this summer, Kolo Toure and former Blackburn Rovers striker Roque Santa Cruz and what you have is an exciting prospect looking to damage the normality of the Premier League, just as Chelsea did fives year ago.
The clubs big money spending can be likened to that of Chelsea at the start of the decade which also saw the London club dominate proceedings in many transfer windows and though like City spent heavily; their gamble was rewarded with almost immediate success.
Russian Billionaire Roman Abramovich took over the club back in June 2003 and after his first season as chairman hired the man who would become ‘the special one’ Jose Mourinho as manager which spurred Chelsea on to the Premier League title in 2005, a feat that was superbly repeated a year later.
It’s interesting to compare how both clubs have spent their millions. Whilst Chelsea firstly opted for foreign imports, Manchester City have have been slightly more cautious by purchasing players who have already perfected the English League which include Kolo Toure, Gareth Barry and former Blackburn Rovers striker Roque Santa Cruz.
Given the current economic climate, it is no surprise that recent figures reveal that Premier League spending is down for the first time in five years since Abramovich’s reign in 2004 and it is also no surprise to find that Manchester City were the top buyers, spending no more than £120million, 27% of the £450million overall figure.
Other clubs spending big include Tottenham Hotspur, with Harry Redknapp increasing his reputation as the ultimate ‘wheeler & dealer’ in football whilst annoying many supporters on the South Coast in the mean time by steadily purchasing his former Portsmouth Squad.
This year’s surprise package in the transfer market has to be Stoke City, who finished 12th on their first season since returning to the top flight. Tony Pulis’s side spent more than any of last season’s top four and the recent purchase of playmaker Tuncay for a bargain price of £5million pounds provides the Potters more attacking options in their bid to avoid the drop for a second successive season.
Have Manchester City have made the transfer market boring? Predictable maybe, especially with the knowledge that manager Mark Hughes seems to have an endless budget, but this does bring an excitement to the sport just as the Chelsea revolution did only a few years ago and just as it will should another club get taken over.
The rise of another Manchester club could well improve the Premier League after being dealt a huge blow following the exit of two world class stars in Christiano Ronaldo and Xabi Alonso but with Manchester City’s endless millions, should they break into the top four you wouldn’t bet against any of these two stars making a return to England in the not too distant future.