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Are City Finally Starting To Attract The Big Names?

For a very, very long time Manchester City have been dwarfed by their local rivals Manchester United. When it comes to winning trophies there are no comparisons, United are in a league of their own when it comes to success. That’s the way it will be in the future to, City will never be bigger than United while the Red Devils keep their firm grip on all the glory.

There has been constant speculation that City would become bigger than their rivals thanks to becoming the richest club in the world. However, that hasn’t happened. Last season United were once again kings of the Premier League while City failed to even qualify for next seasons Europa League. While a lot of City fans claimed they weren’t disappointed you can’t help but think there was a small part of them that thought they would do better.

Well as the players return from their summer holidays and the transfer market starts to gather momentum things are looking up if you are from the blue half of Manchester. Finally Mark Hughes side seem to be actually attracting a few big names, rather than just throwing money into the dark and hoping a star will come out of it. Carlos Tevez looks set to join Robinho as the second big name player to join the club.

The Argentina international looks to be on the verge of joining United’s local rivals after walking away from Old Trafford. Certainly that will make a few United fans pig sick that they couldn’t keep the bullish striker who has become so popular with their fan base. United fans might be even sicker to see City bring in Samuel Eto’o, then man who help break United hearts in last seasons Champions League finally.

As we will have read City have made a monster off for Eto’o and Barcelona president Joan Laporta seems to have hinted the Cameroon international will consider the deal. The signing of Eto’o would certainly send out a message that City are capable of bringing in the big boys, albeit through singing some very big cheques.

If Tevez and Eto’o do join City you can see more star names being inclined to follow and while the rest of the Premier League is seemingly struggling to attract the attention of Europe’s top stars City look like they could buck the trend. It’s too early to say what will happen next season, with Hughes still to finalise his squad, but it already looks like City could be capable of challenging for a top fur finish.

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  1. Roy

    June 29, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    I’m a United fan, but I agree with what you say. There was once a time when “players” were attracted to a club for the “success” and ambience of belonging to that club – pulling on the famous red shirt (or whatever colour) and wanting to be part of it (glory glory and all that). Today players are going for the “money” and not the club. Are we now breeding money-hungry players will no allegiance to ANY club, only the chequebook ??? If so, it’s a very sad day for football.

  2. Tyson

    June 29, 2009 at 8:47 am

    The richest teams in the world aren’t the ones that can purchase the biggest players in the world its the teams that can afford to pay their players the most.

    For any club buying a superstar they can afford to splash out every now and then for a superstar but the problem is balancing your checkbooks when you have to pay a megastar on a weekly basis.

    City don’t have to worry about that they can afford to pay their players and don’t have to balance their chequebooks. City can afford to lose millions a year in player wages and thats something only Barcelona, Real Madrid and City can do.

    Every other big team in the world can certainly muster the money to purchase these heavyweights but the sticking issue is trying to make more money than your paying in player wages.

    Not many teams are capable of holding onto a star studded team for that reason so despite the homebred bullshit argument you hear the richest teams in the world are the ones holding onto the most expensive players and thats something City will be able to do in the future.

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