I have come across an interesting trend recently, which other football fans have noticed too. Any player linked with a big English team, City are also linked and consequently the price increase in the player’s valuation is tenfold once City poke their ugly heads in. Be it David Silva, Fernando Torres, Angel Di Maria, Milos Krasic, Edin Dzeko, James Milner or even Joe Cole. Well one can always say, it’s the papers! It isn’t true!! Unfortunately in my opinion it is very much true, City have quickly become the villains of the transfer market because they have a stupid habit of messing up the transfer market for the other teams. They are like an over enthusiastic bunch of idiots with cash to throw around but they don’t get the point, MONEY ISNT EVERYTHING!!!
I doubt players like Silva, Torres, etc. wish to play for a club which in my opinion has shown no loyalty to players that have served them well, for example Stephen Ireland. City seem to be bent upon continuing in this trend, which asks a very interesting question. Do City have scouts or do they buy every tabloid possible and show an interest in every player linked to another club?
Clubs like Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, etc. spend millions on scouting, they have people in all continents on the lookout for the next Kaka, Rooney, Terry or Julio Cesar, etc. They compile exhaustive reports on the players and spend hours keeping an eye on their progress, and then there is Manchester City. I think they have a team of spies who have a job of finding out who the players are and the rest is history. This is how I imagine the story usually goes in the media. Media reports comments from a “source” that Man Utd or Arsenal, etc. are linked with Player X, rated highly… club are asking for 10 million for said player, 2 days later, Manchester City and Arsenal are battling it out for Player X who is believed to be valued by his club at around 25 million, Manchester City have said to have declared an interest in the player and have stolen a march on their rival by opening negotiations for the player!!! (In my opinion :-))
I think something similar happened when Abramovich bought Chelsea. Players like Essien, Robben, Mikel, etc. all linked to other clubs before Chelsea signed them, thank god, they have managed to sign a few scouts. God only knows when City will try to employ scouts. For now they’re happy trying to ensure anyone interested in a big name signing better bankrupt themselves first or not sign them at all. I think one thing’s for sure, they don’t like the saying ‘Live and let live’.