This post is kind of a story/review/memoir of the blue side of Manchester after 2008. Precisely after the takeover from the Abu Dhabi United Group. Manchester City after 2008 has been hard to ignore. Be it playing wise or the substantial amount spent on transfers of players or the controversies generated by all some of the superstars of the game. And its not just Carlos Tevez creating drama, there have been plenty more of them hoopleheads.
So we basically start when Mark Hughes was the manager at the club. Lets have a look at the major signings Manchester City has had since 2008.
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Players bought during summer 2008
1) Vincent Kompany (from Hamburg)
2) Shaun Wright Phillips (from Chelsea)
3) Zabaleta (from Espanyol)
4) Robinho (from Real Madrid)
About 75 million pounds were paid to get the services of all the players during the summer transfer window of 2008/09 season. Since then Komapny & Zabaleta have prove their worth in the Premier League. High flying also started well but just wasn’t destined to be a blue manc.
Players bought during January 2009
1) Wayne Bridge (from Chelsea)
2) Shay Given (from Newcastle United)
3) Craig Bellamy (from West Ham United)
4) Nigel de Jong (from Hamburg)
A less successful transfer window for the club, still more than 35 million pounds were used in the transfer window. A very prominent figure for a Premier League in the January window.
Now we have the best & the most exciting list of players bought during the summer transfer window of 2009. Here we go.
Players bought during summer 2009
1) Joleon Lescott (from Everton)
2) Kolo Toure (from Arsenal)
3) Carlos Tevez (from Manchester United)
4) Emmanuel Adebayor (from Arsenal)
5) Gareth Barry (from Aston Villa)
6) Roque Santa Cruz (from Blackburn Rovers)
Mother of all transfers in the history of football & the world possibly, Manchester City splashed money above 120 million pounds. They got two defenders, 3 strikers & a defensive midfielder. Everyone was astonished with the price tag of a certain Joleon Lescott back then. Some of them still are, but he has proved that he is as good as anybody in the team right now.