In terms of wealth in English football, Manchester City are the new kids on the block. Backed by the mega-rich Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the Abu Dhabi United Group, the club has been catapulted into the upper echelons of the football rich list.
With spending power beyond any other club in world football, Manchester City are looking to build a team that will dominate English and European football for years to come.
In the past, it was always thought that even with all the wealth they had, they could not offer the one thing that world-class players wanted: Champions League football. But with a third-place finish in the league last season, all that changed and the Blues will be able to offer top-class European football in the coming campaign.
With the ability to buy any player in the world, City have been linked with top players in the English Premier League, and now, with the European transfer window open, also with top talent from the continent.
Manager Roberto Mancini has brought the FA Cup and Champions League football to Eastlands and has held on to his job and so can now shape a squad that will challenge for the Premier League title and the European Champions League.