Manchester City have already made a statement of intent this summer by signing David Silva, Jerome Boateng and now Yaya Toure who will be on a staggering 185k a week. The same Yaya Toure that was obviously surplus to requirements at Barcelona, another defensive midfielder for City’s already bulging squad with the likes of De Jong, Barry, Viera and Kompany who can all play the same position. The Yaya Toure signing is Garry Cook’s and Manchester Citys way of saying “Look at us and our money.. “ The whole situation at Eastlands is identical to that at Chelsea when Roman Abramovich ploughed his fortune into the London club, throwing money around at every star they can think of and its only recently that Chelsea realize that its not a sustainable model.
The wage bill at Man City will be expected to hit the 125m+ mark this season and equal that of Chelsea, in fact I would expect City to overtake Chelsea as the premierships biggest wage bill when the results are announced in January 2011. The similarities between both clubs don’t stop there, Citys current CEO Garry Cook is from the same mould as Chelsea’s former CEO Peter Kenyon – both are arrogant and love the media spotlight. Cook has an uncanny habit of putting his foot in his mouth when it comes to public appearances, the City CEO inducted Uwe Rosler into “Manchester Uniteds Hall of Fame” which of course went down well the city faithful. Not forgetting his cringe worthy statement that Man City will be the biggest club in world football during an appearance at a “fans forum” in New York, Cook was also bragging about how City would beat local rivals Man Utd in the Carling Cup semi-final. Needless to say Utd beat City over the two legs and went on to win the Cup, Cook should learn to keep his mouth shut as City will soon be seen as a laughing stock.
Back to this summer’s transfer madness and Barcelona must be laughing all the way to the bank, the Yaya Toure transfer could prove the most influential signing of the summer. The astronomical wages of 185k a week (will rise to 221k a week) will set a new bench mark for premier league players. Tevez, Adebayour, Barry and co will all be banging on the chairmans door for a pay rise by Christmas time to put them closer to their team mate Toure. It also sets a standard that if Toure is worth 24m then those clubs looking at Gerrard and Mascherano can think of adding at least 10m to that figure to get close to signing one of Liverpools midfielders. The problem it leaves City with is an ever growing wage bill and a player that will almost be unsellable due to the ridiculous wage, what club will want to pick up 200k a week for a defensive midfielder? You can be certain that Man City CEO Garry Cook was very closely involved in what looks to be the most over priced transfer of the summer.