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Manchester City And Mancini Struggling To Attract Big Name Signings!

All Manchester City fans were expecting a busy summer at Eastlands and while they have brought in £75 million pounds worth of talent, the players that have arrived will not spark fear into Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal.

 Manchester City And Mancini Struggling To Attract Big Name Signings!

City have added David Silva, Yaya Toure, Jerome Boateng and most recently left back Aleksander Kolarov to their already impressive squad but it is not the statement of intent many including myself were expecting. City may have more money than any of their rivals but the fact remains that until they qualify for the Champions League or mount a serious title push players will still prefer to move to other clubs around Europe. The players City have brought will ultimately add depth to their squad but for the money spent if I was Manchester City fan I wouldn’t be able to feel anything other than slightly short changed .

When Roman Abramovich first came to Chelsea and they begun their spending spree the players they brought in were of the highest level which ultimately aided them in their two Premier League title successes. Manchester City are still a long way of achieving anything like what Chelsea did and until they make two or three world class signings that is how it will remain. Manchester United and Chelsea who have both been reasonably quiet in the transfer market this summer will still go into the season  as title favourites and Mancini and his coaching staff will have a hard task on the training ground to try and stop this from being a reality come the end of the season. How do you think Manchester City will fair this season?

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134 Responses to Manchester City And Mancini Struggling To Attract Big Name Signings!

  1. Matt Brooks says:

    Completely disagree about the quality of signings for a start. Yaya Toure could have signed for United last summer, Silva has been linked to top European clubs for a number of years.

    Secondly, these kind of signings are the exact type we need to make if we are to become a power in Europe. Young players with a hunger to achieve and a point to prove. I would much rather have these players than older players who have achieved alot of things in their career and who would ultimately join for the high wages.

    Sure, we could bid £100m+ for Torress or anyone else. Everyone has a price. But we have been burnt before (Robinho), so why would you suggest that is the strategy we should be adopting? Mancini and the chairman are trying to build a club, a team, rather than a loose collection of billionaires, and the signings we have so far made this summer give me alot more confidence that the club can build lasting, and, importantly, sustainable success.

    • John @coachclifford says:

      A well reasoned response – City appears to have shown a more deliberate approach in their spending this summer than previously and this squad is surely stronger now entering this campaign and is well-positioned to challenge for the top 4 (and that’s being conservative) – and isn’t that exactly the same position Chelsea stood before hindsight became 20/20?

    • Matthew Reed says:

      Spot on, Matt, these have been the appropriate signings based on the current state of the club.

      Maybe when Mancini is done with the transfer window he can send a few quid to the gaffer to get some real bloggers. Flowers and Chula are consistently embarrassing and this article is evident of that. Regurgitated stereotypes of ignorance. Chelsea and City are 2 completely different situations, I thought that this was clarified LAST OFFSEASON….. Why do you continue to compare them?

      As a long time city fan who remembers being a financially poor mid table team not too long ago. Our off season question was either qualifying for Europe or regulation. So no, don’t feel shortchanged at all.

      Seriously gaffer, how about less quantity of bloggers and ensure higher quality? Just you and the podcast would be terrific!!

  2. R Aghayter says:

    What a pile of horse manure.

  3. Ben says:

    I think Villa will get the 4th spot this season, all they need is that one key player and finisher, the rest of their squad is good enough, they just need that one player.

    Spurs and Everton too I think.

  4. Levis Taylor says:

    The only reason a top player would join City at the moment is for money, they will get fourth at best.

    • sean says:

      This is complete tosh. City are seen as an ambitious club with the means to achieve those ambitions. Surely you can see the attraction of players to join us. It is quite insulting to state that Silva, Given, Tevez etc are concerned solely with money and have no interest in professional satisfaction or winners medals.

      • matt says:

        Shay Given was on a team that was going to be relegated. It’s not as if he had much choice.

        Silva is a nice player, but the exception to the rule. It also doesn’t hurt that he’s a top-10 earner in the league, something he wouldn’t be at any other club.

        Tevez left because he had contract issues for three years.

  5. Maybe but everybody has to start somewhere nobody batted an eyelid everytime utd or chelsea bought big but the thought of anyone else doing it seems to be wrong
    Typical of the media or the so called BIG 4 to not want any gatecrashers
    stinks of not wanting anyone to rock the boat

    • Karl Lillis says:

      Well said that man I totally agree the media will be gutted when we win something.

      • Rob Golden says:

        Well said Karl, I couldn’t agree more. BTW are you the Karl Lillis I think you are ?? If so, how’s it going ? If not, well said anyway …… Cheers ..

  6. GarryCock says:

    LOL.

    What an attention-seeking idiot. Probably supports Everton, or some other pointless, tinpot club.

  7. gt says:

    mancini has added players to fill the voids and the balance the side. Boateng is a young highly talented defender, toure is well known box to box midfielder who has a champions league medal to his name , kolarov is another young exciting defender and of course silva who has been constantly linked with a move for real madrid. if they sign balotelli, and perhaps milner, it would be a really strong squad, with real quality through out, and without have the trouble of the massive star such as kaka or torres… robinho esq…

  8. gt says:

    essien, drogba were hardly household names.

  9. Pablo says:

    Ha ha Thomas Flower, are you smokin the crack??? am not City fan but David Silva not a BIG name? Yaya Toure not a big name? these players would walk straight into Man Uniteds starting 11, City now have the best squad in the league on paper, they will just need time to gel then they will dominate England for many years.

  10. ollie says:

    Completely agree with Matt here, and Levis your are completely wrong, City have got the most potential out of any club, if a player wants to help a club become a great and be remembered by them for ever for what they helped achieve then they will join City.

  11. Voodooman says:

    David Silva 24,Jérôme Boateng 21,Aleksandar Kolarov 24 are all young hungry experienced internationals,who are the future of City.Now to say we havn`t signed top quality is quite ridiculous.So when ManUre signed Valencia ( not the crème de la crème ) never heard anyone having a go about him.Just a nonsense article yet again about City,it`s all becoming boring now.

  12. Joelyid says:

    This article is far to dismissive of the way city have done there business so far this summer. I would say that i do not consider any of the players to be world class, that does not mean however that they will gain such status with further experience, this is particularly the case of Silva who i would love to have at Spurs. Toure is awesome but is in my opinion not a stark improvement when compared to De Jong. As with Silva if city signed Balotelli they would have one of the very best prospects in football. CIty already have Tevez who is quite clearly one of the best strikers in the world along with a wealth of talent, so i do think that all of the top teams are wary of what City could achieve.

    • John @coachclifford says:

      “Dismissive” – In a word, the perfect way to summarize the article’s take on this summer’s signings by City not being potentially significant nor the players being of an equally high caliber.

  13. Whatapileof Dogshite says:

    The only reason any player ever joined ManUre was cos they had the most dosh and paid the most. Now the boot is on the other foot their whining is becoming tedious. Before them it was the scousers and more lately it is Chelsea. Nothing new under the son.

  14. lynx1330 says:

    Was this article supposed to be a joke? Yaya toure, david silva not big names? I’d rather have them over yossi benayoun and chris smalling anyday! Have a word with yourself you deluded idiot!

  15. JOHNNY CROSSAN says:

    POOR LITTLE FLOWER – HOW YOU WISH YOU WERE A CITY FAN

  16. Look at me look at me !!! says:

    What a ridiculous little attention whore. You are either completely lacking in any kind of football knowledge or you are just very very bitter.

    I suspect it is a combination of the two.

    City fans must feel short changed ROTFL. Best one yet.

  17. nibloe says:

    wat a load of rubbish… toure and silva are world class players and boateng and kolarov have bags of potential i think a midfielder like ozil or milner(not for 30 million) and a striker like ballotelli and city will have a gr8 team and very good squad….. apart from david villa going to barca wat other superstars have been signed by other clubs???? good job my mancini hes buying the players city need and building a squad for 4 competitions good luck to city…. rubbish journilism

  18. Peter Doherty says:

    3 years ago we were missing out on Mido on the last day of the January transfer window. This year we have signed Yaya Toure and David Silva. Progress methinks…

  19. Tim says:

    Manchester City is an easy target for articles. After the World Cup most people would consider Boateng a World Class Player. If you think Silva, or Toure aren’t World Class you’ve lost the plot. Who is World Class that they have gone after who has said no since Kaka? Torres hasn’t moved said yes to Chelsea this summer.

  20. Thomas Flower says:

    I do not wish I was a City fan or intend for this to come across as anti city. I just don’t think City have added the big name stars that were promised. Toure and Silva are good players and will improve the squad but i dont think they will now go on and win the league on the back of these signings.

    • John @coachclifford says:

      The follow-up is less does a less effective job of articulating the argument than the original piece.

      To the extent that a “promise” was made, and any “void” existed that spending in the transfer market was necessary in order to fill to make the 2010/2011 a success and win a championship, I’m not sure how someone can make a broad assessment of what’s taken place and suggest that City could’ve done substantially better or that what they’ve done is in ANY way to the club’s detriment with respect to that objective.

      To that end, the column delivers an extreme point of view in both City’s failure this summer and the assessment of the players. As noted earlier – in a word – dismissive.

    • Muz says:

      Mr Flower,
      I don’t think that there is anyone connected with the club who is arguing that City WILL win the league this year, certainly not on the strength of these signings. I do think City should try to break into the top 3 but more on the srength of an established team, the additional signings and one of the best youth squads in the country.
      But that’s not the issue here for me. I have read many appalling, ill-informed, lazy, envious, unobjective articles about my club in the last few months. This is right up there with the worst. You should not be allowed anywhere near a keyboard to express a so called expert opinion when you don’t even get your facts right. At least try and put a little thought into what you do. My three year old could do better.

    • Habsternaut says:

      If ManCity finishes top 4 are you going to buy us all a pint of beer Flower?

  21. john says:

    Roman Abramovich bought Chelsea F.C. in July 2003. The first signings made for the team under his ownership were Yves Makaba-Makalamby, for free from PSV Eindhoven, and Craig Rocastle, for free from Kingstonian.

    In total, in the 2003-04 season, Chelsea spent £153,400,000. This compares to the £500,000 they had spent in the previous season.

    big name signings yeah right dont talk turd never heard of em ..before this their best player was gavin peacock.. bit of cash then they think they have a great history… only reason players first signed for chelsea was cash .. they are no diff to city just further down the line
    now every foreign player says its been my boyhood dream to play for chelsea .. save it

    • Cj says:

      Vialli? Gullit? Zola? Desailly? Deschamps?

      Plus we had champions league footy. That still awaits for city. Don’t get me wrong it will come for city and they will win the league eventually but to say Chelsea are the same as city is crass.

      • Muz says:

        Cj, we are definitely not like Chelsea. I’m old enough to remember when Chelsea and City used to scrape around up and down the divisions. Chelsea were famous for smashing shop windows. City were famous for their strong following. Chelsea could barely get 18,000 for a game when City were pulling in close to 40,000. If cash can make a mickey mouse club like Chelsea into what they are now, think what money will do for a proper club like City with proper supporters.

  22. dave@shepton says:

    So where are all these big names available. The midfield of Barca is going nowhere, Real Madrid can keep Ronaldo. United can certainly keep Fletcher, ha. Where are they?

    Just say for instance that City decided to blow it out of the water and sign, Messi, for 200m, Kakaa, for 100m, Aguerro, 50m, etc, etc. You would be complaining like shit that we were only signing superstars, what about your academy, ruining football, what chance have England, blah,blah,blah. Make up your mind.

    All 4 signed so far are either world class, Silva and Barca. You cannot play for Barca unless you are World Class. Boateng and Kolorov are just about the 2 most sought after defenders, only David Luiz comes close. So I tell you what. You keep your players, probably an Everton fan, and we will be very happy to keep ours. Is that a deal?

    • Huh says:

      Dave, the midfield of Barca has gone somewhere as we have just signed one of them! The only reason Busquets gets in the team more last yr is because he is a Catalan even though Toure still played in 37 games. Last yrs season was not as successful as the yr before, maybe they should have played him more and in his right position in the midfield.

  23. Lawliet says:

    Of course Manchester City can’t bring in big names, they’re shit. If you’re not money driven, they have nothing to offer. They’re a fucking rich joke. The only reason Yaya Toure joined them is because nobody else would pay him £200,00 a week. Pathetic team.

    • John @coachclifford says:

      Brilliant.

    • peter says:

      only reason you bastards have a problem with city is your all fucking scared!!! un ited have more history????? their history unfortunately started with the horrible incident of the munich air disaster!!! yes utd have won a lot of trophies in the last 10 years and fair play to them but you non manchester living twats who have never been to watch the salfold bucaneers have short memories??? veron…£28m bout 6-8 years ago??? wio?? £30m bout 5 years ago?? shrek…£30m?? carrick…£19m?? hargreaves….£15m?? but bullshit that you havent bought the title and show some humility!!!! utd started flashing the cash a long time ago and now its pisses them off due to the fact that sheik mansour is gonna spend £1bn on the surrounding area of citys stadium and utd are brilliantly £800m in debt!! tick tock sweethearts and enjoy the ride!!!

    • Muz says:

      tick tock tick tock

      • Huh says:

        Yes one day City may be able to atract the World superstars like Smalling and Hernadwho! But for now they will have to stick with the dregs and shit players such as Silva and toure!!! Ha your avein a laugh u morons

  24. Ricardo says:

    Mr Flower, I suppose the name says it all, your judgements and opinions would be better suited at Tatton Garden Show. Once you’ve removed you cranium from your rectum take a look on you tube and have a look at a Silva, Kolarov and you’ll have to take my word that yaya is a good player or just look at what he achieved with Barcelona. City may not win the league but we have signed 4 world classs players, and will sign at least on more world class player in milner before the end of the week.

  25. Lawliet says:

    £200,000 sorry.

  26. Ian Crowley says:

    I agree with you thomas. yaya toure is not a great player. anyone that has watched spanish football over the last 3 years will tell you that. he is a good player but is not creative. Silva is a fantastic talent but how does anyone no if hes hungry, i bet uve barely even seen him play?? and valencia are on record as saying man city are the only team who made a concrete bid. everyone had a look but no one was concrete. City is not the kind of club right now where young talent is going to be given time and nurtered. those days are gone. they want instant sucsess.

  27. nibloe says:

    well thomas flower if u knew or read anything that any of citys new signings have said then u would know that the champions league is where we want to be first then the league citys squad is young and will grow stronger so in the next few seasons we will be challenging for the league every season BTW you did come accross anti city wen u slagged of our players even a nuetral would agree toure and silva are world class so u r having a dig at city….. and we already have players that every team fears like tevez de jong johnson and adebayor and 2 gr8 goalkeepers good enough for any team in the world

    • ian crowley says:

      yayay toure world class!! are u havin a laugh?? how many times have u actually seen the man play? be honest. what are his world class attributes??

      • tublu says:

        i saw yaya dominate manure in a close cl final masacre recently.

        • Ian Crowley says:

          apart from the fact one game doesnt make a player, he played centre half that night. must have done well to dominate manure from there. he did play ok in the game thou.

          • John @coachclifford says:

            So much for that challenge…

          • Huh says:

            Dear Mr Ian (Bitter as Fxxk) Crowley,

            One game? did he not win everything possible that there was to win in one of the greatest leagues on the Planet? helping to make that team one of the greatest ever to play the game? and didn’t he follow up in similar fashion the next season? Maybe if they had have played him more in the midfield they would have won the Champs league as well making them undoubtedly the best of all time.
            Keep up your jealousy although you will say its not that, it OBVIOUSLY is. LOL

  28. pile of shite says:

    cant believe i wasted 5 minutes reading that shite, silva and toure are top players and would walk into any other team in the league. This is just more anti city dog pooh

  29. Leo says:

    You are the worst journalist I’ve ever seen. end of. Mancini has gone for 4 targets this summer and got them, and we’ll get Milner and Balotelli too… go away and stop writing for things like this, you talk rubbish

  30. nibloe says:

    ian crapley man citys youth academy is the ost succesfull academy for the last 8-10 years we have promoted more players from our youth than any other big club in england by a country mile. did u watch yaya at barca??? do you even watch football how many defensive midfielders are as creative as toure……….carrick song mascherano lol dont make me laugh there not creative because there defensive!!!! midfielders essien is probably the best in the world in that role but yaya is just as good and has a champions league medal to go with it

    • Ben Ruskin says:

      Yaya Toure is as good as Essien, what are u smoking, Toure is barely better than De Jong. City may have added depth, but they have failed to truly improve their starting 11.

      • nibloe says:

        i said essien was the best. so kolarov is not as good as bridge toure is not as good as barry or ireland did u see him play for monaco b4 he went to barcelona do your homework silva is not as good as swp or bellamy or boateng is not as good as zabaleta i thnk city have improved they have bought 4 sensible players that were needed to take us to the next level simple

    • ian crowley says:

      I no man city have a fantatsic youth policy thats why i said right now its not the place for youth!! the club has changed, they want succsess now and cant wait for younsters to progress and come through like they used to. theres 4 in the current squad – Ireland, onouho, richards and johnson. ireland and onouho look like there about to leave and poor johnson cant get a brake on the injury front. buying 21-24 year old players does not qualify as a youth policy. and actually middlesborough have the best youth policy in England.

      I watch as much Spanish football as possible, not just the champions league. U clearly dont if ur goin to judge him against mascherano. hes no where near the same style player. ur right hes more like essien but you sumed up all u no about football by saying hes as good as him. hes no where near him. and are u teling me essiens not creative with the ball?? haha. even song is excellent when on the ball despite playing a defensive role.

      having a champions league medal does not make u world class. djimi traore has one for god sake. toure played centre half in the final and was basically a passenger in the game. he was third choice defensive mid at barcelona for most of last season behind busqets and keita.

      stop reading the papers and listen to other people and actually watch football, u might learn something then.

      • nibloe says:

        check the stats onouha hart richards ireland m johnson swp boyata man city have promoted more players than any other premier league club in the last 8-10 years sorry mate forgot yous are in the championship where are these middlesborough players downing A johnson who else???

  31. Gratian says:

    Typical Sky 4 fan writing this rubbish. He has probably never even watched a match that didn’t feature Man Utd or Chelsea. Watch a bit of La Liga on Sky over the last 5 years you will realise that Valencia wasn’t just the David Villa show. Yaya Toure was part of the Barcelona side that took Man Utd apart in the CL final. Personally I have my doubts over Yaya’s reasons for coming to City but Mancini is making the right signings in the main with young players that will take the club forward.

    We all know what happened when we tried to sign Kaka who presumably is the kind of player you were expecting, and we all know what happened once we signed Robinho. No matter how much money City have, they are going to have to do it the hard way.

    Fair play to the author though, I could never write about a club I knew nothing about.

    • John @coachclifford says:

      Spot on!

    • JAY-CAP says:

      MAN CITY?IS that a team or club 2 be argued abou?they tryna copy chelsea they wont make it.city got more mney thnt spur bt totnan stil got best squad.they wil get ass whipd nxt mnth

      • JAY-CAP says:

        nibloe idiot nd jealous is ur father last name.city tryn hard bt they wont win even carling cup y sturrige lft city?a rich man wit no culture nd values is considered poor man tht is man city no is playa hating city its just they thnk all the playas r cheap lyk robinho nd the rest loot at terry roony gerrad thse playas will never go 2 city cuz of the mney.

  32. nibloe says:

    lawliet another jealous fan of sum other club why do u think ronaldo left sporting or old ronaldo left psv or ronaldinho leaving psg for the money you idiot. i agree with pile of shite lol dunno why im still reading this anti city bullshit

  33. Mike Jackson-Leafield says:

    Cretinous article.

    Toure – If Chelsea or ManUre would ahve signed he’d be the biggest signing of the summer!
    Silva – Touted and prediced of one of the finest upcoming talents in Spain, one for next season maybe but made people on the continent sit up and notice.
    Kolarov – Real Madrid were ready to sign until Jose tipped up sniffing after Cole instead.
    Boateng – Up and coming – see Silva, played out of position for Germany at World Cup and one of the stars of the team.

    If we signed Kaka and Messis the moronic ManUre sycophants in the press would be saying there were on the slide career wise.

  34. Thomas Flower says:

    Toure and Silva would not walk into any other EPL side in my opinion Balotelli is known for being a disruptive influence within a dressing room so this would not be the best signing, especially with the fee that is being mentioned. City will finish no higher than fourth in my opinion and i am confident that will be the case come the end of the season.

  35. nibloe says:

    wen are u gonna realise tom flower that we would be happy with 4th your an idiot who probably hasnt seen a game of football in your life… wat teams are you talking about what teams would silva and toure not walk into please explain why????

    • Thomas Flower says:

      Toure and Silva would not walk into the Chelsea or Manchester United side. Barcelona would not have sold Toure if he was that good a player.

      • John @coachclifford says:

        You just typed ANY OTHER SIDE in EPL… Then followed up with Chelsea or Man U…

        Which is it? Someone who writes, much less speaks, as a hobby or otherwise needs to be more literal than that in order to be taken seriously.

    • Ian Crowley says:

      u might be happy with fourth but ur board and owner wont. the only idiot hear nibloe is you. have to resort to slagging when an argument doesnt go ur way. ur incapable of havin a discussion. open your mind and just realise people have different opinions.

  36. Ayush Srivastava says:

    i think what he means here is a galactico kind of signing,toure and silva are good signings but not in the really top bracket.

  37. nibloe says:

    same question to u ayush wat teams would not want silva or toure at there disposal?? please explain i love hearing idiots views on football best site ever

  38. nibloe says:

    so your saying toure is not as good as carrick or hargreaves or obi mikel??? or silva is not as good as nani or valencia or kalou have u seen any football please be honest because your either really biased or an idiot

  39. Brian Roban says:

    What a load Iof crap the players city have brought in are all world class international players ! Who writes this nonsence do they even watch football

  40. Ben Ruskin says:

    Yaya Toure is a Barcelona reject, last time i checked, rejects aren’t world class and yet some idiot city fans believe that if he signed for united or chelsea he would be the signing of the summer.

    • Wingbat says:

      Awww wow, how long did it take your tiny mind to decide to play the “reject” card?

      http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11679_6270297,00.html

      Read that.

      Infact here I’ll highlight a nice little paragraph:

      “It’s a big blow for us,” Guardiola said. “I did everything possible to get him to stay and he’s a popular player in the dressing room, but he wanted to leave and there’s not much I could do.”

      Now to me the words “he wanted to leave” and “I did everything possible to get him to stay” conjour a sense of opposition to your claim – you’re talking out of your arse.

      He’s not a reject, he was presented with an opportunity to get a stack more cash and play regularly with his brother. Whether his main motive was cash or not, I as a City fan, don’t really care – so long as he works for it.

    • Mike Jackson-Leafield says:

      Hmmm… some idiot city fans believe that if he signed for united or chelsea he would be the signing of the summer. Guess that’s me yo’re calling an idiot.

      Try this of many links arsewipe http://www.soccernews.com/toure-snubbed-united/51110/

      Had Feguson signed him imagine the hyperbole, more than spouts from your arseole I’d suggest

      • Huh says:

        Mike I don’t really understand what you have wrote but if your saying that Utd’s signings of Smalling, Hernadwho or Beniyoun at Chelsea are bigger Summer signings than of Toure or indeed any of those that City have made you certainly are a major, major idiot end of!

  41. nibloe says:

    oh yeah while im awaitin moderation for my last comment….. ballotelli is arguably the best teenager in the world have u seen italian football before. yea he had problems with mourinho but the fact he is racially abused by his own fans and most itlalians because of his ethnic origins maybe have sumthin to do with why he aint to happy about going to work every weekend to be abused.

  42. Blueman says:

    What a load of crap this guy has written, i mean talk about ill informed, how anyone who knows just a modicum about football would know that Manchester City have bough extremely well upto now, and will continue to do so, young up and coming lads witha point to prove..To suggest chelsea have spent wisely over the years is bullshit, and to suggest that the players they bought in the beginning were top liners is laughable, i mean joe cole, and lampard wern’t actually top champions league quality were they. To me and all fellow blues this is just another dig at City from what we percieve as jealous bastards, like someone said earlier he’s probably a dipper, or a rag, these people make me sick, they cant see the wood from the trees, we are only doing what the scousers did in the 80s, the rags in the 90s, and chelsea in the 00s, buying players to enhance an already great squad, to achieve god only knows what, and to be the best team in world football, i for one cannot wait and all you green faced envious asreholes, who would take the money if it had beenn offered to your club can go and f*ck yourselves…end of
    LCHU….CTID

  43. Darren Preece says:

    And to think I wasted a few minutes of my life reading that drivel ……… How come Fergiescum wanted Silva 12 months ago ?, how come he covets Balotelli ?, how come he and Wenger wanted Yaya Toure ? Your saying Fergie and Wenger are not good judges of footballers ?

    City have not finished spending yet ….watch this space ….

    • ian crowley says:

      Wenger repeatedly turned down yaya despite his brother banging on about him every season. show me one quote where ferguson has said he wants balotelli or silva?? stop taking paper rumors as facts. it was actually anchelotti who said balotelli should go to united as he would be guided better

  44. TimmyP says:

    Yet another anti-city article which are becoming the boring norm.

    What is wrong with us strengthing our squad, in what I believe, are quality additions.

    Can you honestly say you’d heard of Essien, Carvalho, Drogba etc before they signed megabucks contracts at Chel$ea?

    Oh, and on the point of Yaya leaving Barcelona, he couldn’t have been that bad if Guardiola did everything to try and keep him.

    Try and write some constructive article on City or any other prem team, rather than cheap digs. I’m sure if Tottenham, Villa or any of the Sky4 signed these players it’d be all positive……

  45. nitin says:

    man city need not waried about other teams, especially rumars form other team fans. Every club will spend money if they have, thats man city doing.and one thing is sure city will be power house of not only on england but also europe.

  46. The devil says:

    Wow im a man united fan, and as much as i would’ve liked for ths article to be true,i have to say i disagree.

  47. NMC says:

    Thomas Flower – you are such a clueless idiot if you apply to Talksport they will probably give you a job – you meet their criteria – you know NOTHING about football – if David Silva and Yaya Toure are not world stars – then what are they. This article is complete and utter nonsense.

  48. naz says:

    Yaya Toure, Silva are World Class players who have been chased by the English “top 4″ in previous seasons.

  49. Carolyn says:

    The fact that Man City can even attract the likes of Silva and Toure when City aren’t even in the Champions League says something. Yes, they can pay more to the players but also that the club has shown its intent to improve and become one of the best in Europe. Chelsea were only able to attract big name players when they were in the Champions League. So give City time and bigger names will sign for them.

  50. Joe says:

    The author is an especially funny man. Comedy genius. What? He was being serious? Oh dear…. I feel sorry for him now.

  51. Quinn says:

    Just because they are not superstars now doesn’t mean they won’t become superstar. How many superstar players have the big 4 developed from their academy to their first team? Essien and Drogba weren’t elite superstars when they went to Chelsea. Rooney wasn’t a superstar when he left Everton. Torres was good, but not considered a superstar before he came to Liverpool. Cesc wasn’t a superstar before he came to Arsenal. So I think Man City are doing it the right way. Tevez seems as though he’s on the cusp of superstardom. Adam Johnson is close too.

  52. Finky says:

    ‘World class’ is a meaningless phrase. Does it mean players good enough to play for a world XI against an intergalactic XI? What does it mean?

    City have signed players good enough to play in the world cup for successful teams. Teams more successful than the one Rooneh played in. More successful than the one Drogba played in. Does that give them more ‘world class’ than Rooneh?

    All we know is that City finished 5th last season and since then have improved their squad. Manu and Chelsea haven’t added to their squads significantly and some of their players are now well into their declining years.

    Any balanced view would expect City to improve on their league position next season and most neutrals would welcome a break-up of the so-called big 4 so good luck to City and tough shit to Manu, Chelsea and Arsenal.

  53. Steve says:

    Man City will definetly be a very hard team to beat this season and a definite possible to win the Europa league in my opinion.
    As a Chelsea fan I cannot see City mounting a serious challenge for the Premiership this season and can see Chelsea cantering to another title win :-)
    I doubt if Boateng or Kolarov or Silva would make the bench at Chelsea. Toure is a better class of player will be interesting to see how he fits in.

  54. Sports Bun says:

    Well Now Its Time To Play Epl Matches

    http://sportsbun.blogspot.com/

  55. geoff says:

    city are buying these players for instant success maybe, but dont forget that we are only in phase 2 of a five year strategy on and off the pitch… the youngsters from the accademy are really important to city as while top notch players are coming on board now to get instant success it will be the additions for the future to sustain dominance…………………..tick tock….its happening!! ctid

  56. al says:

    City “project” stumbling on to its 4th year, 4th sub standard manager, failing to attract the Tier A players that the owners kids pick in their fantasy football leagues. Meantime joke Cook writing wish list of stars on paper napkin to impress twats from Oasis. And in desperate attempt to fill mid size ground, club offers two tickets and an official shirt for little more than a tenner. Enjoy the Air Meerkat flights on Thursdays to shitholes of Eastern Europe. At least they’ll be a notch up from Manchester.

  57. Blueman says:

    al July 25, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    Where did you get that info from re the shirts and tickets you knob, 36.000 season tickets sold, average crowd last year 47.000, great players coming to a great club, european football, money to burn, great stadium and facilities, superb support, fantasic owners who are here for the long run, and a vision for the future that most clubs can only dream about. This is Manchester City FC, the future of english football, the club who all the stars support not jusy oasis. As for the napkin, wouldnt you and your club just love to have the abilty to have that very same napkin, im guessing your a dipper, probably everton, or maybe spuds, anyway whoever it is, the only twat here mate, is you. CTID

  58. geoff says:

    i cannot believe the jealousy of everyone who is not related to mcfc.
    can’t people see that our new owners know exactly what they need to do in order to create a highly successful domineering football club.
    city have bought 40 acres of land where clayton analine used to be and are now in progress in building the most sophisticated training complex in the world, with accomodation to house all academy trainees.. why did we tour usa . city was sampling their hi-tech facilities with physio-labs so we could understand its uses and advantages for player development. we can now build our own which can be more advanced than what we have seen in the usa. (believe me the academy is our future city)

  59. al says:

    The napkin that had Torres, kaka, teri, gerrard,eto, fabregas and a whole bunch of other players that wouldn t touch this club. Same names that the twat from abu dhabi was spouting off about before the men in white jackets took him away. City were desperately offering tickets at local universities for under a fiver to save embarrassment of a half empty ground (i know that for a fact), and the deal for two tickets and an official shirt, probably with Robinho s name on it, was offered on your MCFC last season. Bottom line is , sign players like Silva , (a Spain sub, Toure, a barca sub, Kolarov (who?) and Boateng (who?)) before they get a chance to see Manchester. Bet most of you dont live there any more. All Cockney or Yankee Blues, withremnants of twat accents like the Oasis brothers. The ultimate City twats! Your brand is defined by those twats.

  60. Blueman says:

    Plastic Al
    I forgot to mentionthe city project started on the 1st september 2008, but then why let shit info get in the way of a crap post…LCHU

  61. Blueman says:

    Yeah, and your just showing what a jealous bitter twat you are, tell you what mate, come into wythenshawe, thats in manchester, where 95% of blues come from, we can meet at the sylvan, have a pint, and then we can see just how verbal you are then, words are easy especially when you dont have the intelligence to back them up, by the way i see you dont post who your team is, obviously ashamed of them!!…Cock!!

  62. geoff says:

    well said blueman….
    I have been a city fan for all my life an im 48, seen through good and bad times at city and i couldn’t live any nearer as city fc has moved from moss side to my own doorstep….sortid!

  63. al says:

    Word “project” was coined by Frank,a the mass murderer, whose crimes City conveniently chose to ignore, in their desperation to avoid ending up like Stockport,who are probably your local team. Four years, and four managers later, and £400m of wasted transfers, not to mention salaries, and you still havent got into Champions League, still cant fill your ground, have lost all your spirit and soul and live in the shadow of Man U on every possible measure. Your owners will drop you faster than you can down a pint when they tire of the failed project. Remember, you were their 4th choice club.

  64. ScottM says:

    Before the signings, in my opinion City has the more “attractive” roster than Spurs, yet Spurs finished 4th. Toure is a world class player and so are all the other players City has signed. The best teams are the ones with depth and that is what City has now….

  65. Chase says:

    Toure will add a little more than what de jong gave but he’s not a game changer. Boetang is a decent defender but there are better. Kolarov is good as well, but again not a game changer and Silva is too small and weak for the EPL. I don’t see him succeeding. They lack the Wayne Rooney, Drogba, Fabregas, Torres kind of player still. Who is the heart of the team? Tevez is too unreliable…

  66. matt says:

    While I like City’s signings this summer, and believe they will crack the top 4 (with Spurts getting pushed out), I think the article makes fair points. Toure is a nice player – who lost his spot at Barca. Silva is a nice player who I see helping their side, but he is not a game-changer. Their new fullbacks are slight upgrades over what they had already, and certainly not “big names”.

    I think, at the end of the day, that ‘big names’ are not exactly necessary to win. Using Chelsea as an example, Eider and Damien were useful and effective parts of a TEAM. I think it’s fair to question just how well this seemingly random assortment of highly paid want-aways will come together. They still have issues at the back, and they still lack any sort of cohesion, unlike the other challangers for the league.

    City will be fine in time, and will find it far easier to attract the big names this article refers to once they qualify for the CL. It is the spectre of Man City having money and trophies to offer than should empower Chelsea and United to load up this summer, and not sit idly by. Confusingly, both clubs seem content with their squads right now, which is a mistake IMO.

  67. AKBlade13 says:

    Here’s the thing (though it may come off as jealousy), Man City looks like a good team on paper for short term prospects. In the long haul, it looks like they’re willing to dwarf young talent for the wins. All fair in love and war, but not smart in long term investments. What makes me respect places such as Everton, and even Man U and Arsenal, is that they’re willing to take chances on people that are no name to many and then push them up to near star level (Landon with Everton, and Man U with Javier Hernandez [maybe]), I assume City can still do that but the thought seems dwindling each day Man City says “Hey we’re looking at that player” even when it looks like they have no interest in them. I hope Man City can get the title if not get second place, because anything but will truly wreck the team.

  68. Al says:

    Problem with City’s model is that you will have squabbling mercenaries who, however much they ‘re paid,will be pissed off that someone playing worse than them is on more. So Barry may be happy with his £80 k a week, until week_in, week-out, he is doing better than ya ya toure , who is on £220k. Fact is that you re probably going to lose 3 of your 4 most effective players from last 2 seasons, Ireland, Bellamy, De Jong and , wait for it, possibly Tevez, when he and his wife return from hols and decide they want to live in Buenos Aires. Your new signings (a) aren t that special and (b) may take time to adjust to Premier League and the City set up, so unless they gel quickly, there is a chance Mancini will be out by November. Then you re on your 5th manager in the 5th year of your so called project, compounded by players getting pissed off with rainy Manchester and nasty trips to bigger and colder shitholes in East Europe in Air Meerkat Europa League. Bottom line is if you dont get it right quick, your in deep shit and all youll be able to do is attract even worse mercenary types, hence perpetuating the vicious cycle. Truth is you needed Mourinho to make the big jump quick, but he’d rather manage the Cockneys a few miles away, or a club like you used to be, with real spirit, Liverpool.No-one serious can take City seriously.

    • MCFC Pete says:

      Problem is Al you can pick holes in ALL premiership clubs and sit there with everything crossed in the hope that what you’ve picked truly does come apart. What City are trying to do is to build a club which will challenge for the top four this year having only missed out on it by one game. Along the way we may pick up the odd Veron, Polborski, folan or any of Liverpool’s back four type players, but if we do we will of learnt a valuable lesson similar to AF and Rafa and that is you can’t always say who going to come good or bad. It’s the sort of thing that can lead you to having an upset belly similar to those school kids had when Edwards fed them that dodgy meat, remember???

      Anyway I must leave you now as I’m off to pray at the “NEW” shrine to uncle Malcom…..God bless him!!! hehehehe!!!

  69. Jeff says:

    I’m a Manchester United fan and David Silva was the one and only player I wanted them to sign this summer. I also wouldn’t mind if they signed Yaya Toure. The fact is this summer City have been able to attract star players that were not in the Premiership. Last year that wasn’t the case. That to me is a bad sign for United, Chelsea, and Arsenal. So yeah this article is complete rubbish.

  70. Natural Selection says:

    Chris Smalling must be a huge signing

  71. Natural Selection says:

    Al.. second full season get it right …1st manager too, hughes was nothing to do with the current chairman he didnt give him the job. The last owners had no money so it was hardly a project no matter how much u try and convince yourself its been more than two years it hasnt get over it..and if we are going to fail so miserably why are u fascinated with man city? nothing to worry about u say but what your doing on here tells a different story.

  72. brn442 says:

    How do you think Manchester City will “fair” this season?

    Do you mean “fair” as in “fare” or “fair” as in how “un fair” this article is.

    This writer’s football knowledge seems to be as dubious as his vocabulary skills.

    As the others have said, City have done the “Robinho” thing with disastrous effects.

    As the others have said, it’s the relative “unknowns” like Drogba, Essien, Ronaldo, etc, who have been the engine behind Man U/Chelsea’s recent success, whilst the 20,000,000+ “instant mix” “superstars in a box” are all over the big clubs’ loss columns: Mutu, Shevchenko, Veron, Pizzaro just to start.

    City are doing the right thing by buying solid, young players who are willing to learn and WORK HARD to win things, not just show up for a pay package and put in a decent shift when they feel like it. When the right mega-star becomes available for the right price, I’m sure the cheque book will come out.

  73. Arjunred says:

    whatever signing manshitty make theyare a complete disgrace to the footballing world they are the next Real ‘the Hollywood ‘ Madrid of england and they will get nothing they are a f&&king joke in league the same as Chel$ki.

  74. Gary says:

    I think any top player moving to Manchester City at this time is taking a career risk. Manchester City is going to have many good players on the bench. A top player could see out the season with little action on the field. It is also going to take more than this coming season for all the new players to gel into an efficient unit. Players going to Manchester City are risking their careers to get a good salary.

    • Huh says:

      Gary, the truth is that in every league in the world the teams with the most money are at the top or thereabouts. I put it to you that players moving to Liverpool are taking a much bigger career risk, what with a new manager, no money, and Torres maybe leaving it’s not looking good for them with the form they had last season and with top players starting to age not good at all.

  75. Gratian says:

    Can we please have some rags on here to tell us what great history their club has and that we will never be the next Man Utd (thankfully).

  76. It's Grim Oop North says:

    Hmmmm..
    lots of anti-City posters on here, imagining the worst for our great club, probably wishful thinking I reckon.
    Newsflash – we have already endured the worst a top club in England can go through, except for administration – years in the wilderness, comedy finances, awful management, yo-yo relegation and promotion, but thru it all, the fans have remained LOYAL.
    We aren’t boasting when we say we’re the best fans at the best club, it what’s we feel, and what we’ve earned.
    Is it Karmic justice that the richest man on the planet bought our club, and likes it so much he wants to turn it into the best club on the planet, with massive longterm investment in the infrastructure all round Manchester, as well as the club on the pitch too?
    I don’t believe in God, or any Higher Power, but if I did, I would be 99% certain that he/she/it is a fucking Man City fan!
    So, you commentators on the Man City situation can twist and spin the facts all you want, and you will, but we City fans have been thru hell and back, and know for a fact we are in footballing heaven.
    If you sat back and tried to dream the ultimate footballing dream for your club, it would mirror very closely what is happening at City right now.
    So carry on with all this City are killing/ ruining football toss, how it’s bad for players to go to City, how it’s bad to be at the best academy in the world, blah blah blah, we City fans know the truth, and there’s nowt you bitter twats can do about it.

  77. C Rapdetector says:

    Football has been about money for a long long time. Clubs had backing from wealthy benefactors; clubs floated on the stock market; clubs tried to get the best talent by offering the biggest wages; mums got washing machines; players got cars; etc etc etc ad infinitum.

    The Premier League money and the entrenched financial advantages gained during this period have led some fans of some clubs to believe that they have some sort of divine right to be contenders at the top of the table. B0ll0x. Healthy competition is what all sport should be about. If you are able to run your club in such a way that it can attract a wealthy owner and that owner is prepared to invest in the club to try and make it among the best then there is nothing wrong with that. If other clubs are run badly and have incurred massive debts in order to try and buy success then it is the owners of those clubs that have screwed over their clubs, their prospects and their fans faith.

    I am not a City fan but I wish them the best of luck in breaking up the Premier League/ $ky cartel which has become repetitive and boring. I only hope that my club benefits from their money so that we too can try to improve our chances of success. Good Luck City.

    Up the Hammers.

  78. WINDY MILLER says:

    Here Thomas Flower is showing how little he knows about assembling a team good enough to challenge at the top. The part about the current signings not being names to instill fear into the Likes of Utd, Chelsea etc says it all. If City had signed 5 Stella names then the likes of you would be trying to tell us that buying galacticos is buying failure and if City buy solid players then they won’t be good enough??? The bottom line is City will be assembling a MIX or good players, young potential and the odd, i repeat odd, Stella name. It is probably 95% certain that the Stella signing will be Torres, but also one other surprise signing from the top bracket. Wait and don’t be too keen to show your hand Thomas.

  79. dave says:

    oh Thomas oh Thomas Oh Thoms Flower you knobhead, what exactly do you consider to be a marquee signing then if Yaya and Silva aren’t ? for God’s sake who else is there out there thats so earth shattering that it would actually please you and whet you would consider a marquee signing.
    Kaka, Ribery, Messi, Maicon or Torres ? the 1st 4 are not available and Torrs is injury prone so much that i as a City fan wouldnt want him at the Club and I wouldnt want Gerrard Lampard, Terry or the likes as they’re too old now.
    The only players that I would consider great buys would be Dzeko, Ozil or Fabiano but all are unlikely and anyway, would any of them be all that earth shattering marquee signings, i think not.
    do yourself a favour and shut up Mr Flower.
    and to all the Man City hates posting on here, go fuk yourselfs you dim witted cok Jockeys
    Dave

  80. royharper says:

    Na-na-ni-na-na… I’m going to select that button on my News Now page that says HIDE a publication.. bye bye children

  81. mike says:

    Sheik Monsour is currently sat outside old trafford on a camel smoking skunk in a rolled up fifty ……… its a statement of intent!!!

  82. BloodiedBlue says:

    What a pile of utter shite.

  83. pete says:

    Yaya Toure looked world class when he ripped manure apart to win the champions league.
    your a tin pot journo, with no credibility, my 12 year old son speaks more sense than you, you irritating joker

  84. triple B says:

    haha what a load of shite this blog is and i wish posters would stop calling the author a journalist, he is a no mark wannabe probably in is teens sat in his bedroom posting this shit in between looking at porn on the net and wanking

  85. Huh says:

    Mr flower, the only reason this story is here is surely just to get a lot of hits!
    You cannot seriously think that a player who has won both the European Cup and the World cup in the space of 4 yrs, even though he didn’t play a lot in the World Cup (breaking the Spanish managers rule on transfer talks probably did’nt help this) this is not to even mention his domestic successes. There were many big name suitors to this player over the last few yrs as well as for Toure, who won the treble with Barca by the way (didn’t do quite as well when they mostly used the Catalonian Busquets though did they) Toure played in 37 games this season compared to 43 the season before. The Manager did not want to lose the player, but at the end of the day it wasn’t his choice to make and Toure left!

    So if you really think that Silva and Toure are not top draw players that wouldn’t get in both Utd’s and Chelsea’s teams never mind the squads you are seriously deluded and maybe you should think about writing a Sowing blog or something similar as football is obviously something you know nothing about.

    Please Gaffer tell me its for the hits. If not who will you have blogging next your Granny? Or even worse maybe an ESPN presenter?

  86. SCPhillyFan says:

    Well it looks like City got Balotelli (certainly a big name). http://sports.yahoo.com/soccer/news;_ylt=AoS8DHvc91xJZ11Fp9Qa73wmw7YF?slug=goal-reportmanchestercityandinte

    How many strikers does that make? Tevez/Adebayor/Balotelli. Still quite dizzying really thinking about it, money can certainly buy alot of talent. Will it buy the title, probably soon.

  87. Matthew Reed says:

    I think a far more interesting article that few have seen before would have been:

    As Manchester City buys foreign talent, how will it be able to satisfy the new homegrown player rule?

    You may be able to speculate who would have to be cut to make the rule, if they even have enough to make it? (I am not sure) explain the rule and its penalties, etc. This would have been a far more interesting spin than the usual “City is spending money” post.

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