Is it possible to have TOO much money?
Manchester City are ready to pay £150m for Lionel Messi, according to Spanish newspaper Marca. The world record bid would eclipse efforts to sign Kaka and Samuel Eto’o earlier this year and follows reports at the weekend that City were trying to guarantee a first refusal should the Catalans ever decide to sell the Argentina superstar. (Daily Mail)
The idea that a club could/would/should be able to make such an obscene bid is quite frightening but what should be even more terrifying to those in the Eastlands boardroom is the fact that Leo Messi still wouldn’t make such a move, no matter how much they paid him!
You see the billionaires at the club’s top table need to be made to realise that right now they simply can not hope to snap up the likes of Messi, Ronaldo, Terry or Torres, these players are out of the club’s reach. Simply because the club is currently not in the same league as the clubs those players ply their trade for.
Sure, in a few years time, maybe when the club has cracked the top four monopoly and is even playing Champions League football, then perhaps they will have the stature on the field that matches the money off it. Things do look good for the long suffering Blues fans but they currently need to make intelligent signings that can lead them towards the summit of the Premier League. Captures like Kolo Toure are those that will stand the club in good stead, whereas paying over the odds for the likes of Carlos Tevez and Emmanuel Adebayor is a sure fire way to fail.
Mark Hughes faces immense pressure to bring quick success and if given a chance to run the show as he wants to and given time to build things up in a relatively organic manner he could well be the right man for the job, but if he is sacked the moment the club do not meet unlikely goals then the club could lurch from one expensive mistake to the next. One thing is for sure, it’s going to be one hell of a rollercoaster ride for the club!