While it is often said that money talks in football, the recent plight of the world’s richest club Manchester City proves that riches don’t necessarily bring success.
During the last transfer window, Middle Eastern investors rode into Eastlands on a wave of optimism and proved their credentials buy snatching Robinho under the nose of Chelsea for more than £30m.
Following the transfer the club were linked with dozens of the world’s best players including Real Madrid’s Iker Casillas, Liverpool’s Fernando Torres and Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas.
And despite Sven-Goran Eriksson leading City to a top half finish last season, the club has wilted under new manager Mark Hughes and currently sit just two points above the relegation zone.
A sobering point in for City fans is the signing of Wayne Bridge for a reported £12m and £100,000 a week in wages.
Many thought the club would be bringing in some of the greatest players in world football to fund an assault on Champions League qualification.
But it seems that they are now buying second rate players to stave off relegation.