It has been a difficult week for Manchester City fans. It was a quiet one and yet we have been promised so, so much.
There has been a false dawn feel about it all.
City were to be clinical in the transfer market; quick, clean and unforgiving. After Kaka they had learned what was needed.
Well it hasn't quite been like that but, patience has so far been a virtue for Mark Hughes and City, willing to play the long game and convince doubters of the stable intent of the owners.
Now it has been decided that the way to show the owners intent is to, well, spend lots of money.
The recent hiatus in City's, and many other clubs as well of course, transfer dealings has been caused by Real Madrid's use of the unplanned over-draft of £15 per day and £25 for each reminder letter by the way.
In order to limit the damage of any possible targets choosing Madrid instead of Manchester whilst they were in the spending habit, City pulled in their oars.
Now that Madrid have maxed out the plastic, City are going to hit the shops with an enviable debit card.
Here's a list for you:
- Carlos Tevez
- Samuel Eto'o
- John Terry
- Joleon Lescott
- David Silva
- Franck Ribery
Some of these names are more or less guaranteed to be in place for the first game against Blackburn, and some in the mid to late stages of negotiation but by all accounts the owners are no longer willing to take no for an answer.
Samuel Eto'o is likely to be on the payroll after no other major clubs even sniffed in his direction.
Joleon Lescott is at a club who need the money, and of course taking someone from £40k per week to £100k or more is likely to cause unrest at the team get together.
David Silva is a deal waiting to be done with his club in severe financial straits and selling Silva is the lesser of many evils.
The biggest deal of the lot would of course be Ribery with no-one expecting him to move but there are suggestions in Germany that they want everything sorted and for the focus to be on he new season, rather than Ribery.
What would it take to capture all of these players, a conservative estimate would be £180m and of course that doesn't cause many problems for City.
Tevez could well be the first of the EPL's very own dream team.
So screw you United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal because we can afford it.
I only meant to think that last line but thought I would leave it in, in honor of a fellow City BR'er who shall remain nameless.