Now that Manchester City have new owners, they have set themselves some transfer targets but if they come to fruition, I will be more than just a little surprised! Oh and they also want £135m bid for a Manchester United star!
Not happy with signing Robinho for a British record fee of £34.2 million, Manchester City’s prospective new owners are weighing up a staggering £135 million offer for Cristiano Ronaldo in January as the club attempt to topple the established elite of European football.
Having lived in the shadow of Manchester United for so long, City could be about to test the resolve of their fierce rivals with an offer that would obliterate the world transfer record and send shock waves through the sport and beyond.
Moves for Fernando Torres, the Liverpool striker, and Cesc Fàbregas, the Arsenal midfield player, could also be in the pipeline as City prepare to undergo a transformation that could overshadow even that experienced by Chelsea after Roman Abramovich’s arrival at Stamford Bridge in 2003. A transfer pot of at least £250 million has been earmarked for Mark Hughes, the City manager, to spend over the next three transfer windows, with a minimum of 18 players wanted. (Times Online)
Whilst it’s good to see that a club of the size of Manchester City finally get some good investment that will hopefully push them towards the top four, I seriously doubt they will manage to sign any of the three main stars this report cites! The capture of Robinho was a huge success and one that can drive the club forward, but the investment and growth of the club should be more organic and less boom and bust in order for the club to really prosper.
They will definitely pick up some top-class players over the coming 18 months, but they are more likely to attract big stars from abroad than dislodge the triumvirate of talent earmarked here who are already established Premier League stars at clubs they will surely not leave unless its to move abroad themselves.