Manchester City: Top 5 signings of the Premier League era

[tps_header]Manchester City have become one of the most successful teams of the Premier League era but it was not always all rosy for the Citizens in the English top flight.

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Before of the dramatic takeover by Abu Dhabi United Group for Development and Investment in 2008, City went through a number of lean years and frequent promotions as well as relegations from the top flight led the club to being unceremoniously labeled as the ‘Yo-Yo team’.

Therefore the long serving City fans are fully appreciative of the recent success their team has enjoyed and here are the top 5 Manchester City signings who have shaped the club into what they are currently today.[/tps_header]

5. Shaun Goater – £400,000 from Bristol City

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Before the arrival of multimillion strikers such as Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko, Wilfried Bony and Carlos Tevez, City had a modest attacking lineup but a man in Shaun Goater whom everyone in the club adored.

Bought for a meagre £400,000 from Bristol Rovers when City were struggling at the bottom of the old second division back in 1998, Goater’s arrival understandably did not create as much buzz as the signings of Aguero or Tevez.

And as City suffered relegation to the third tier of English football during Goater’s first season at the club, many were skeptical regarding the Bermudan’s ability.

Nonetheless, once Goater settled in his habitat at City, he turned into a goal machine. Scoring 21 and 29 goals in successive seasons, Goater guided the Citizens to back-to-back promotions into the Premier League.

While City got relegated in their first season back, Goater once again carried the club into the Premier League with 29 goals in 2002. The Citizens have since never suffered relegation and the man they undoubtedly have to thank for such a wonderful contribution is Goater.

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Manchester City Legends: Bert Trautmann

[tps_header]The story of Bert Trautmann is something worthy of a Hollywood blockbuster. From a German prisoner of War, Trautmann became one of the most loved figures in Manchester City’s history.

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One of the greatest ever redemption tales, Trautmann is an epitome of a villain turned hero and his life both on and off the pitch has served as an inspiration for millions.[/tps_header]

Childhood & World War II

Trautmann was born on 1923 in Bremen, Germany to a middle class family and since a very young age, he developed a keen interest in sports.

With the rise of Nazi Germany, Trautmann joined the Jungvolk – a precursor to the Hitler Youth and he seemed to fit Adolf Hitler’s perception of an ideal Aryan, due to his physical features.

Trautmann excelled in athletics during his time with the Jungvolk and earned various sporting awards. Following the onset of World War II, Trautmann joined the Luftwaffe as a radio operator in 1941 before being transferred to Spandau to become a paratrooper.

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Serving in the Eastern Front, Trautmann won five medals including an Iron Cross First Class for his service. However, with defeat looking imminent for Germany in the War – Trautmann’s unit had been decimated and he was one of the few survivors of the Allied bombing of Kleve.

Trautmann decided to flee back to Bremen as a result but was caught by American soldiers. Despite evading the Americans, Trautmann was eventually captured by British soldiers and imprisoned in Belgium.

After his capture, Trautmann was transferred to POW Camp 50 in Ashton-in-Makerfield in Lancashire and remained there until 1948.

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Manchester City and The United States of America

[tps_header]Manchester City have been playing second fiddle to their much illustrious rivals Manchester United for quite a while, but it is no longer the case nowadays.

Following the dramatic takeover of the Citizens by Abu Dhabi United Group for Development and Investment in 2008, the blue half of Manchester has enjoyed a rapid rise to prominence and it would not be an exaggeration to state that they are probably the bigger side in the city at the moment.

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In terms of the squad quality and titles in recent times, City have more than matched United but one area where the Citizens are lagging behind their fierce rivals is in global appeal.

Due to his history and almost perpetual success over the last few decades, United have built up a very strong global brand and are considered one of the biggest clubs in the world.

City do not enjoy such a widespread fan base but given the ambition of their wealthy owners, it is just a matter of time before the current Premier League champions become one of the biggest names around the globe.[/tps_header]

Tours in the United States

Like most of the top Premier League clubs, it has been no surprise to see Manchester City identifying the United States of America as a huge market they can potentially exploit and as a result, the Premier League side have been on regular tours to the North American nation.

City played two post season friendly matches against fellow Premier League giants Chelsea following the end of the 2013/14 campaign and the clashes attracted nearly 50,000 people.

The Premier League champions then returned to United States at the start of the current campaign as well and took part in the glamorous International Champions Cup tournament.

In the ICC, City squared off against the likes of Liverpool, Olympiakos and Milan, and their 5-1 drubbing of the Italian side was one of the highlights of the tournament.

New York

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Rather than just taking part in the pre-season tours though, City have taken it a step a notch and have made the unprecedented move of purchasing their own franchise in the United States in the form of New York City FC.

Along with MLB giants New York Yankees, Manchester City have invested up to $100million in order to register the club in the MLS and the move is an attempt from the club’s owners to plant their brand in New York.

While it remains to be seen whether the hefty investment will pay dividends, it looks like a wise move as New York is the biggest city in the United States and they possess an ethnically diverse sports crazy demographic.

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Manchester City 2015 Transfer Rumors

[tps_header]Manchester City deservedly claimed the Premier League crown last season but with Chelsea significantly strengthening their squad over the summer, the Citizens knew that they had a real fight on their hands in order to retain the title this time around.

And it has certainly proven to be a challenging season for Manchester City so far as they have had to play second fiddle to Chelsea throughout and currently find themselves a sizeable five points behind the Blues.

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Considering City’s wonderfully talented squad, the champions most certainly will not relinquish their crown without a fight but they have to be mindful of the fact that Chelsea should not be allowed to runaway with the lead at the top.

Therefore, manager Manuel Pellegrini has made it a point to strengthen his side during the January transfer window and has already splashed the cash to secure the services of Wilfried Bony for a fee of around £30million.

However, City are not quite done with their business during the January transfer window and here are the top five players who have been linked with a move to the Etihad Stadium this month –

Manchester City 2015 Transfer Rumors

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Jay Rodriguez

Quoted Price – £15million

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With the likes of Sergio Aguero, Stevan Jovetic, Edin Dzeko and now Wilfried Bony in their ranks, it is clear that City are not necessarily in need of a new striker at the moment.

Given City’s love for attacking football allied by their financial might though, City continue to get linked with attacking players and recently, it had been claimed that the Citizens were eyeing a move for Southampton star Jay Rodriguez.

Rodriguez is a top class player who has been key to Southampton’s rise to prominence and as a result, it is believed that Pellegrini is an admirer of the Englishman.

While Pellegrini wants to add Rodriguez to his squad due to his abilities as a player, it has been claimed that the Chilean is pursuing the 25-year old also because of the fact that he is looking to fulfill the home-grown player quota which has recently been enforced by the Premier League.

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Chelsea 2015 Transfer Rumors

[tps_header]After a decent season last year, manager Jose Mourinho had stated that his Chelsea side would be challenging for the title during the current campaign and it has certainly proven to be the case.

Mourinho brought in the likes of Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas and Filipe Luis to the club over the summer and in doing so, the Blues have become a world class side who are more than capable of giving champions Manchester City a run for their money.

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However given the unpredictable nature of the Premier League, even Chelsea’s brilliant side have stuttered in recent times and the Blues are anything but assured of triumph in the league – especially with Manchester City undergoing a rapid renaissance in recent times.

Therefore, there has been talk in the media that Mourinho will look to use the January transfer market to further reinforce his side and here are the top five players who have been linked with the Blues so far.

Chelsea 2015 Transfer Rumors

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Lionel Messi – Barcelona

Quoted Price – £200million

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It was widely accepted that Lionel Messi would never contemplate leaving his beloved Barcelona after the club had done so much for him throughout his career.

However in recent times, such views have been changing due to the Argentinean superstar’s perceived unhappiness at the Nou Camp and rumors regarding his exit from the club have intensified more than ever during the current campaign.

Reports in Spain have widely claimed that Messi has fallen out with manager Luis Enrique and according to respected Spanish journalist, Guillem Balague, the 27-year old is closer than he has ever been to an exit from Barcelona.

If indeed Messi does decide to leave Barcelona, there are very few clubs that can afford him but recently, it had been reported that financial superpowers Chelsea were interested in taking the Barcelona star on board if he became available.

A fee of around a whopping £200million has been quoted and despite the astronomical price in question, Chelsea most certainly have the financial power to dish out such a deal.

While the Messi rumors have created quite a buzz in the media, Chelsea have gone on to deny that they will be looking to sign the Argentine superstar but strange things have happened in the transfer market over the past few years and one cannot rule out the Blues making a swoop for the superstar now or in the summer.

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