Manchester City: Will They Just Get Stronger and Stronger?
As the most lucrative league in the world, the Premier League provides clubs with an unparalleled amount of money. However, we all know some clubs get more money than others.
Whether it's through their consistent success and huge brand name, like Manchester United, or through super-rich benefactors in the case of Manchester City, Chelsea and QPR, or even through sound financial management like that of Arsenal, some clubs just have more money than the rest.
Therefore, when it comes to the transfer period, those clubs are at an immediate advantage, being more able than the rest to get the best players and massively boost their chances of success.
So, what teams will do the best in this summer's transfer window? With all 20 EPL clubs power ranked, read on to find out!
A team more conscious about losing Matt Jarvis and Kevin Doyle than bringing players in, the chances of Wolverhampton Wanderers getting better in the transfer window appear very slim.
After losing out on their prized loan asset Michael Mancienne, Wolves haven't been linked with many other players of decent Premier League calibre.
And it's not surprising, considering the Molineux side aren't the most attractive club in the world, especially with the strong threat of relegation looming over them every season.
Thanks to their stellar South American scouting network, there's always the possibility Wigan Athletic will uncover yet another gem in this transfer window.
However, that's only possibility, while it looks a certainty some of their biggest stars could well be leaving the DW Stadium this summer.
With Manchester United loanee Tom Cleverley going back to his parent club, other players most likely leaving include Charles N'Zogbia, James McCarthy, Hugo Rodallega and Maynor Figueroa.
It seems as if Wigan will just get weaker ahead of the new season, with Premier League relegation again to be a distinct possibility in the new season.
With Championship standard arrivals seemingly aplenty at Carrow Road, the Canaries could well become a better team than last season, but the improvements will be marginal.
Signing players no better than current forwards Grant Holt and Simeon Jackson won't help their cause, but with the money the Premier League brings, they'll at least have a shot at staying up with the players they bring in during the summer.
A club who model their play on FC Barcelona and boast an impressive 20,500-capacity arena in the Liberty Stadium, the Swans will be an attractive outfit to any talented player looking to test his mettle in the Premier League.
Whether they have the funds to make significant enough investments remains to be seen however.
A club notoriously low on transfer money, Everton's hopes of proper strengthening in the summer transfer window again look bleak.
However, with the club being an established Premier League side and a strong team overall with a top manager like David Moyes, the Toffees will certainly appeal to a lot of free agents out there.
Cardiff City striker Jay Bothroyd is an option, as is Bayern Munich forward Miroslav Klose, with Everton more than able to give such players good enough wages.
A team more than able to keep their best players and add one or two good signings, Everton could become slightly better following this transfer window.
They may have lost Daniel Sturridge and Johan Elmander at the end of the season, but Bolton Wanderers are a team who could well push onto better things next season.
Even if Gary Cahill leaves for Manchester City as reported, the club look set to receive a more than adequate replacement in Nedum Onuoha, and will have further funds to attract other top talents.
Considering manager Owen Coyle's astuteness in the transfer market, as well as the fact Bolton are a more attractive team than ever due to their improved playing style and heightened ambitions, the Trotters look as if they'll just get stronger during this transfer window.
Having finished eighth in the Premier League and having secured a place in the UEFA Europa League, Fulham are a more attractive club than ever before.
The Cottagers have already lodged a £1million bid for AFC Bournemouth's 19-year old striking sensation Danny Ings, and could have much more money to spend, especially if owner Mohamed Al-Fayed is convinced the club have potential to go even further.
After finishing in the lofty heights of eleventh in the Premier League, West Bromwich Albion are also a more attractive proposition than ever before.
A club which has finally settled and established itself in the league, West Brom look as if they'll just get better in this transfer window.
With a top manager in Roy Hodgson and the fact they look set to keep all their best players, the Baggies will be a good club for any player with a Premier League point to prove.
And one such player is Manchester United goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak, who could be heading back to the Hawthorns in a £4million deal.
Following their lucrative run to the FA Cup Final, and the fact they're an established Premier League side with a great financial model, Stoke City have a good chance of improving yet again in this transfer window.
Rumoured to be in the hunt for players like Aston Villa's Stephen Warnock, Inter Milan's Victor Obinna, Birmingham City's Cameron Jerome and West Ham's £9million-rated Carlton Cole, Stoke will as if they can attract the big players and have money to spend on them.
And without any need to sell off any of their stars, it seems like the Potters will just get better this transfer window.
After securing Premier League survival, Indian owners Venky's can now focus on making Blackburn Rovers an established force in the league yet again.
With money to spend and no pressure to sell their best players, the Rovers have all they need to significantly bolster their squad ahead of the new season.
Their only problem is, Arsenal could be in the hunt for Christopher Samba and Phil Jones, meaning they could well lose their two best players, let alone centre-backs.
An historic club with many talented players, young and old, as well as a lot of money to spend, the future is looking up for Aston Villa.
Even if they sell Ashley Young and Stewart Downing, the club still have adequate replacements, and the huge money from those transfers, plus cash from owner Randy Lerner, could allow the Villans to purchase three or four top quality replacements.
After releasing the deadwood, Villa have the wage budget to lure in top talent, and could soon have the transfer budget too, if they don't already.
Always an attractive proposition to any player looking for Premier League game time, Sunderland again look set to just get better this transfer window.
Jordan Henderson seems like the only significant departure from Wearside, and with a potential £20million gained from his exit, the Black Cats will only get better ahead of the new season.
West Ham United striker Demba Ba could be on his way to the Stadium of Light, while Peter Crouch, Sebastian Larsson and Roger Johnson might all be heading to Sunderland too.
Whatever happens during the summer, one thing's for sure; Sunderland will just get better.
Will Arsene Wenger finally spend big this summer? It's the million dollar question all in world football want to know.
At the moment, it seems like he might at least make one marquee signing, with many fans clamouring for a big name defensive signing, while a top striker is also on the cards, especially if the Gunners do make an estimated £21million from the sale of Nicklas Bendtner and Marouane Chamakh, as predicted.
Even if Cesc Fabregas does leave for Barcelona, Inter Milan or Manchester City, Arsenal will get better this summer, but they won't be the biggest team strengthening their squad for next season.
And with the lure of the Toon enough to persuade most players in world football, Newcastle could well be making quite a few considerable addition to their squad.
Lille midfielder Yohan Cabaye has already agreed to a £4.5million move to St. James' Park in what is a big transfer coup for Newcastle, while Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov could also be heading north, with the Magpies reportedly launching a £7.5million bid for the Bulgarian.
Strikers Gervinho and Kevin Gameiro could also be heading to Newcastle, as the club look set for a busy transfer window, full of strengthening ahead of the new campaign.
Backed by several billionaire owners including F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone, QPR will no doubt strengthen their squad massively ahead of their return to the Premier League.
With a long summer yet to come, there is sure to be plenty more business done at Loftus Road, as the West London club try to establish themselves as an established EPL force.
With Tottenham Hotspur owner Daniel Levy willing to back his manager Harry Redknapp ahead of 'Operation Champions League', the Spurs look set for another summer of big transfer activity.
Influential team leader Scott Parker, an invaluable asset to any team, appears to be Redknapp's first signing of the summer, while Dimitar Berbatov could be heading back to Spurs if a deal for Luka Modric is agreed with Manchester United.
Redknapp has already stated he has a list of targets for this summer, and if Modric and/or Gareth Bale leaves, he will no doubt have more than enough funds to sign all of his transfer targets.
Whoever comes in and out of White Hart Lane this summer, expect Tottenham to only get better as they try to regain fourth place in the Premier League next season.
With both Kenny Dalglish and Jamie Carragher going on record to say there'll be a lot of signings at Anfield this summer, transfer activity will no doubt be very high at Liverpool in the coming weeks.
Being such an historic club, the Reds will be able to attract the very best players, and as owners Fenway Sports Group proved with the £35million signing of Andy Carroll and £22.5million capture of Luis Suarez, Liverpool have a lot of financial muscle.
Now a settled club with nothing but a bright future ahead of them, expect Liverpool to only improve ahead of the new season, with the likes of Ashley Young, Fabio Coentrao, Jordan Henderson, Jose Enrique, Emilio Izaguirre, Scott Parker, Gervinho and Eljero Elia all linked with a move to Anfield.
Roman Abramovich is hell-bent on winning the UEFA Champions League, and this summer he could well go all out and spend whatever it takes to make Chelsea win the trophy next season.
Santos star Neymar is also very much on Chelsea's radar, while Luka Modric and Romelu Lukaku (especially Lukaku) could be set for mega money moves to West London.
Either way, Chelsea look set for a huge summer of transfer activity, as Abramovich looks to buy the best so he can beat the best.
After being given backing from the owners, and having earned a ton of money from winning the Premier League and reaching the Champions League final, Manchester United have a lot of cash to spend this summer.
Having virtually sealed a £18.3million deal for David De Gea, United are apparently set to make a £25million swoop for Luka Modric, and could also make a move for £26million-rated Karim Benzema, if Dimitar Berbatov leaves.
And the Old Trafford also seem set to make a £15million move for Aston Villa star Ashley Young.
All in all, it seems Manchester United have serious money to spend, and will spend it.
Of course there was only one team topping this list.
Having guaranteed entry into the Champions League for next season, as well as being FA Cup champions, Manchester City have the money and now the true prestige to lure any player in world football to Eastlands.
Set to spend huge in order to win the Premier League in the new campaign, the likes of Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain and Cesc Fabregas have all been strongly linked with a move to Manchester.
Whatever happens over the summer, one thing is for sure. Manchester City will strengthen their team more than any other club in the world.