Ever since 2008, the words "Manchester City" and "profligacy" have gone hand in hand.
Sheikh Mansour and his investment vehicle Abu Dhabi United Group have, as of 2012, ploughed £1 billion into the club since seizing ownership of the Citizens from UK Sports Investments Ltd, led by former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
And the decadence has shown no signs of abating since, with new manager Manuel Pellegrini spending nearly £90 million on new recruits this summer as he attempts to overhaul the squad he inherited from Roberto Mancini.
The Chilean forked out over £50 million on Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho and Sevilla's Jesus Navas, (according to the Telegraph), while a further £39 million was spent on the combined captures of strikers Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic, according to a report in The Sun.
These purchases, it is hoped, will help the Sky Blues improve next season upon what was a relatively disappointing 2012/13 campaign.
Last season, City lost their Premier League title by a margin of 11 points, exited the Champions League Group Stages with the lowest ever points tally accrued by an English team and then lost the FA Cup Final to Wigan Athletic.
That all coincided with the sacking of Mancini, and Pellegrini must be under no allusions that he will not suffer a similar fate if his new recruits fail to help him improve upon these failures come next May.
With his job potentially hanging on the line, has the former Malaga man made the right decisions in this summer's transfer market so far?
Here, B/R analyses Pellegrini's purchases and runs the rule over each of the four new City stars.