Manchester City manager Mark Hughes is setting his sights high, very high! Having an infinite amount of money at your disposal must be a fine thing. However he may be getting a little too carried away!
MARK HUGHES has targeted an incredible DOUBLE swoop for Steven Gerrard and Michael Essien in January.
The Manchester City boss was asked to draw up his wishlist and hand it to the club’s new billionaire Arab owners in order for them to prepare for the next transfer window.
And while everybody else at City has been playing fantasy football, Hughes believes he has a real chance of landing either one or both players.
The pair would cost at least £80million but that is loose change where the Abu Dhabi United Group are concerned.
One City source said: “Mark knows money is no object but he also wants to bring in the kind of players who will fit in with his plans, not just spend massive money for the sake of it.
“Gerrard and Essien in the same midfield would be incredible.
“They would fit together perfectly and wouldn’t have to take time adapting to the English game in the same way as any big foreign name.”
They have made it crystal clear to Hughes and the existing City administration they will not settle for second best and will throw billions into the transfer market to bring in the world’s top players. (News of the World)
I am happy for the Eastlands outfit’s loyal supporters who have had a pretty grim time of late. Last season, Sven laid the groundwork and helped put the Blues on the road to recovery, and now Mark Hughes is ably pushing the club forward. However, whilst he may have a shedload of money, is it realistic that he could land either Essien or Gerrard? I don’t think so, they are better off building their side slowly and more organically.
The capture of Robinho was in many ways perfect, the Brazilian was angry with his Real Madrid side and desperately wanted a move. However, the two players in this report are pretty stable at their clubs, so wouldn’t really have much motivation for moving other than a huge pay packet, which may not be a huge factor as they are both on astronomical salaries anyway. If Hughes aims for disaffected players or impressive youngsters, he may have more success in helping the side towards the top four.