Monday, May 11, 2009

Will Anyone Go to City?

Since the takeover of Manchester City by the Abu Dhabi based lads in September, it seems like every superstar in the world has been linked to the team. 

However, while every superstar has been linked to the team, seemingly every superstar has made it clear that they are not going to play for Man City, no matter the salary that is offered them.

Of course many people will remember how Kaka turned down the largest transfer in the history of the game earlier this year, and recently Gianluigi Buffon and Raul have both turned down City. 

This begs the question, will anyone actually go to Man City?

By going to Man City this summer, a player is essentially saying that they are in it for the money, and aren't concerned with winning a championship any time soon. Robinho certainly doesn't mind being in it for the money, but players such as Raul and Buffon that have played at 1 club their whole careers don't need the money, and are simply looking to win a championship. 

I asked my pal Martin Rodgers from yahoo sports for his opinion on the matter. 

He said, "City aren't going to change their policy - for the owners, running the club is a status symbol as much as anything and they want the best of the best. Some UK experts though they might change tack after missing out on kaka in order to avoid that kind of embarrassment again. But every sign is that they will steam ahead.
Hard to say who they will get - they will simply put themselves in the running for every big name on the market, plus a few who aren't. However, the real key to the future success of the club is to strengthen the depth of the squad with good utility players. That is the first, relatively simple step they can take to give themselves a big advantages over everyone outside the Big Four. Look at how Villa dropped off this season, a lot of that was due to limited options."

I certainly agree with what Martin said regarding strengthening the depth of the squad. While City might not get Kaka or Raul, getting names such as Yaya Toure or Miguel Veloso would certainly be a step in the right direction.

What do you think? Will any big name go to Man City? 

1 comment:

Matilda Hankinson said...

I'm sure there are players out there who will go, but you're right they are players who care more about the money than the game. The really good players aren't in it for the money, but I'm sure there are players out there who are. Manchester City has proved to us all that having money doesn't mean having a good squad.