So last we were doing this, we had seen the power of money displayed by Manchester City. With respect to transfers, the 2010 January window was very quiet with only Patrick Viera, the only big name, joining the Blues on loan from Inter Milan.
With that we come to 2010 summer transfer window which saw other clubs such as Liverpool, Manchester United & Chelsea also buying big. Especially Liverpool, who were recently taken over by the John W Henry led New England Sports Ventures. We shall be looking in to Liverpool’s progress this season too.
Players bought during summer 2010
1) David Silva (from Valencia)
2) James Milner (from Aston Villa)
3) Yaya Toure (from Barcelona)
4) Mario Balotelli (from Inter Milan)
5) Jerome Boateng (from Hamburg)
Again more than 100 million pounds utilized in the transfers. But the 2011 winters transfer saw Edin Dzeko as the only major buy for the club. Wolfsburg got a whopping 27 million pounds for the Bosnian striker.
Players bought during summer 2011
1) Gael Clichy (from Arsenal)
2) Stefan Savic (from Partizan Belgrade)
3) Sergio Aguero (from Atletico Madrid)
4) Owen Hargreaves (from Manchester United)
5) Samir Nasri (from Arsenal)
Little more than 80 million spent on the transfers. But some very astute buys which included 2 players from Arsenal & 1 Manchester United personnel and a super star striker from overseas. It indeed looks like Manchester City have played this very smartly this time around. It all depends upon Roberto Mancini now, as to how does he handle his resources this season. The club is playing for top honors in England and in Champions League. They have the squad for the challenge in front of them. All it needs is smart & proper usage of their resources.
Now the question of concern is, can money buy success? And thats’ where it is still at. Manchester City might have just won just one trophy since 2008 but they have gradually climbed the ladder and the results are just starting to show. Just like Liverpool, all the blue mancs think that this is going to be their season. And they do have a case much more than their Anfield rivals.