Taking The Bath With Manchester City

Italian manager ROBERTO MANCINI (right) had not yet arrived on the scene, but English Premier League club MANCHESTER CITY reset the British transfer record when purchasing Brazil World Cup striker ROBINHO (10) from Spanish La Liga giant Real Madrid for 42.5 million Euros (32.4 million English pounds) on the first day of September in 2008 — the very same day, in fact, that the Eastlands outfit were formally taken over by wealthy new ownership.

The ABU DHABI GROUP for DEVELOPMENT and INVESTMENT has, to date, spent hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of millions of English pounds in an effort to turn Premier League club MANCHESTER CITY into a championship side. So far, the results have been minimal at best, with just the prestigous F.A. Cup from last season to show for all hefty transfer fees tossed about. The financial failures, involving the kind of money some clubs will only ever be able to dream about, have been absolutely spectacular.

Start with two-time Brazil World Cup striker ROBINHO, who broke the British transfer record but failed to win any silverware with Manchester City. After scoring just one goal through the first half of his second term with the Blues, the now 27-year-old went back to Brazil and joined FC Santos on loan in January of 2010. After returning to England to begin last season, Robinho was eventually off-loaded to Italian Serie A side AC Milan for the cut rate of 15.0 million English pounds (18.0 million Euros) on the final day of August.

Togo international striker EMMANUEL ADEBAYOR arrived at Manchester City from FC Arsenal of London with the reputed price tag of 25.0 million English pounds in July of 2009. But the lanky 27-year-old attacker, who, like Robinho, scored 14 goals in the Premier League his first year at the Eastlands, finished last season on loan to Real Madrid in the Spanish La Liga. For the 2011-12 campaign, Adebayor has gone out on loan again, this time to another London side, Tottenham Hotspur.


Brazil international striker JO, who had scored 30 goals in 43 league games for Russian club CSKA Moscow before a big money move to England in the summer of 2008, ultimately scored just one Premier League goal in three seasons on the books for Manchester City and has returned to his native land.

Paraguay international striker ROQUE SANTA CRUZ came to Manchester City in exchange for a fee of 17.5 million English pounds from Blackburn Rovers the very same month Adebayor was acquired. The 30-year-old former Bayern Munich attacker only scored three goals his first campaign for the Blues and also went out on loan — back to Blackburn Rovers — to finish last season. For this 2011-12 schedule, the underachieving Santa Cruz has been assigned to Real Betis in the Spanish top flight.

Manchester City also formally parted company with two other high-priced strikers this summer and absorbed a considerable financial loss on the books in the process.

Joao Alves de Assis Silva, better known to football fans simply as JO, had been sold by Russian club CSKA Moscow to Manchester City for 17.0 million English pounds in July of 2008 but after three unproductive years — half of which time was spent out on loan — the 24-year-old has returned to Brazil and signed with SC Internacional of Porto Alegre on a free transfer.

Wales international striker CRAIG BELLAMY, the 32-year-old who signed by Manchester City from West Ham United for a transfer fee of 14.0 million English pounds in January of 2009 but was farmed out to Football League Championship (second division) side Swansea City all last term, left for FC Liverpool on a free transfer, as well.


Wales international striker CRAIG BELLAMY, the 32-year-old veteran who scored 10 goals in 32 Premier League matches for Manchester City during the 2009-10 campaign, registered 11 goals in 35 Football League Championship contests last term for Welsh club Cardiff City after being found to be surplus to requirements at the Eastlands by the Blues’ Italian manager Roberto Mancini.

Manchester City have also lost money on other players aside from the strikers since the new ownership took over, to be certain. England World Cup winger SHAUN WRIGHT-PHILLIPS, for example, was sold this summer to Queens Park Rangers at a loss of 4.5 million English pounds from his initial purchase price. And veteran Ireland international goalkeeper SHAY GIVEN was peddled to Birmingham-based FC Aston Villa for 2.6 million English pounds less than what City originally paid, too.

Manchester City did profit 3.5 million English pounds with the sale of Ecuador international striker FELIPE CAICEDO, who had been out on loan to Spanish La Liga side UD Levante of Valenica last season, to Russian outfit Lokomotiv Moscow this summer and the Blues also pocketed a small amount with the transfer of Germany international defender JEROME BOATENG to Bundesliga club Bayern Munich this off-season, as well.

Basically, financially well-equipped Manchester City lost nearly 34.0 million English pounds (roughly 39.0 million Euros) with respect to what the club had first paid for the same players it has transferred out this off-season summer — this amount is more than the total figure that 14 English Premier League teams spent on new players this summer, by a wide margin in most cases.



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2 responses to “Taking The Bath With Manchester City

  1. Matt Boone

    Good Article, I did watch Everton vs Man City this past Saterday… they look like they are starting to Gel a bit… I am not sure what to think of this game… I hope they start Tevez or Balotelli because I think Dzeko will kill us in the air. PS you forgot to mention De Jong who they bought from Hamburg for 20 + Million and Hamburg later said they would of sold him for 5 Million 🙂


      Manchester City still have NIGEL DE JONG — I listed the total roster cost of the Blues with a separate, accompanying article! 🙂