The Citizens endured a disappointing final season under Roberto Mancini, losing out on the Premier League title to archrivals Manchester United, the FA Cup to Wigan and exiting the Champions League at group stage without a single win.
So far this summer the club has brought in Fernandinho, Jesus Navas, Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic to bolster their squad ahead of the new season that holds hope they can reassert themselves as title challengers both domestically and on the continent.
“We have definitely played a big part in the transfer market so far,” Kompany said.
English champions Manchester United have yet to bring in a player of reputation – their only signing remains unknown youngster Guillermo Varela – whilst European League winners Chelsea have brought in Andre Schurrle of Bayer Leverkusen and Bundesliga fame, veteran goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer on a free transfer from Fulham and Dutch youngster Marco van Ginkel from Vitesse but, so far, no one’s spending comes close to City’s outlay.
Chelsea have spent £25 million, United around barely over £1 million on Varela, Arsenal have spent nothing (young Auxerre striker Yaya Sanogo arrives on a free), Liverpool have spent £23.8 million, Tottenham £17 million on Paulinho and Everton just £6 million on Arouna Kone.
City have spent £30 million alone on Fernandinho, a further £15 million on Navas, £16.4 million on Negredo and £22 million on Jovetic, totalling £83.4 million. That is more than the rest of the top seven clubs combined expenditure (£74.2 million between United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Spurs, Everton and Liverpool).
“It is not enough to just spend the money, because a lot of clubs do that. It will take something special. We are just trying to do everything we can in the preparation. Buying new players is one thing but the way we have prepared is really good so far. We are doing everything we can to be one of the teams that can compete for every trophy,” Kompany explained.
Of course spending money is not all it takes but spending more than all the other challengers combined should certainly help City next term. I don’t doubt that the other top clubs will spend more than they have so far but I also doubt that any one of them will match City’s outlay this summer.
Chelsea could if they were so inclined and Manchester United could still and likely will make a marquee signing of significance but, still, City’s resources make them the most competitive in the transfer market and, as we may well see, the most competitive on the pitch.
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