Football: Manchester City spree sends warning to title rivals
LONDON, England (AFP) - While Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea have all struggled to land their top transfer targets, Manchester City have laid down a significant marker to their title rivals with a £90 million (S$175 million) spending spree.
City's Abu Dhabi-based owners have never been shy about splashing the cash, but the arrival of new manager Manuel Pellegrini and the perceived weakness of their rivals has given Sheikh Mansour an extra incentive to flex his financial muscles.
After surrendering the Premier League to United in tame fashion and then suffering the indignity of losing to Wigan in the FA Cup final, City's hierarchy were quick to dismiss the unpopular Roberto Mancini before hiring Chilean coach Pellegrini with the promise of major investment.
Pellegrini's bosses have been as good as their word, with Jesus Navas, Stevan Jovetic, Alvaro Negredo and Fernandinho all arriving at Eastlands in a matter of weeks.