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Thaksin will give Sven £150m and say: Buy the best


Manchester City manager Sven Goran Eriksson is to be handed more than £15
0million with explicit instructions from owner Thaksin Shinawatra to make his club
the best in Europe.


While Eriksson's England successor, Steve McClaren, battles for his international
future, the Swede is embarking on what could be the most successful period of a
27-year managerial career that has included title victories in Sweden, Portugal
and Italy.


The bulk of the spending will take place next summer and the club believe that no
player will be considered out of their price range.

That could even lead to spectacular bids for the likes of Barcelona's South
American pair Leo Messi and Ronaldinho, or Brazilian playmaker Kaka, of AC
Milan, although nailing down such big names is another matter.

The first big target of the January transfer window will be Peter Crouch, a deal
that would depend on whether or not his club, Liverpool, qualify for the knockout
stages of the Champions League.

Eriksson is a huge admirer of the 6ft 7in striker, having given him his first England
cap.

He sees Crouch as the perfect replacement for Italy forward Rolando Bianchi, an
£8million flop since his arrival from Reggina during the summer and certain to
return to his homeland.

Bianchi, 24, has not been able to live up to the promise of his openingday
performance when he scored in the 2-0 victory at West Ham and he has
struggled to command a first-team place.

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is aware that Crouch's aerial ability could be a
key factor if his team make further progress in Europe. If they do not, he could
well be surplus to requirements at Anfield.

Eriksson will use his wealth of experience and knowledge of the world football
scene in an attempt to make the City of Manchester Stadium dressing-room the
most powerful in the Premier League.

The Swede intends to provide the kind of challenge to neighbours Manchester
United that City fans have scarcely been able to dream about.

The initial January flurry, with at least three highpriced players coming in, will be
to ensure European qualification next season.

"There is no doubt Mr Thaksin means business," said a source close to the club.

"He wants the best for the team and its supporters and he is prepared to throw
in fortunes to get it."
 

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Sven knows how to win with a cheque book, remember Lazio!!! hes made some top signings already, once Bojinov is fit and as they say a few more in JAN we could be lookin at Liverpool finishing fifth!
 

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eoininho said:
Sven knows how to win with a cheque book, remember Lazio!!! hes made some top signings already, once Bojinov is fit and as they say a few more in JAN we could be lookin at Liverpool finishing fifth!
Yes Bojinov was a bad loss for them but I doubt Sven will do too much in January. He will buy a striker anyway but the rest of the team pretty much picks itself and they have some talent. Its interesting that you see Liverpool in 5th. I think that could happen next season. Sven has his contacts and an open cheque book more or less. They are looking ahead to some good times in the blue half of Manchester.
Not as good as United though :D
 

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I hope Man City do end up like Lazio...after that initial league victory and whatnot...now look where they are, didn't they go bust very soon after their spending spree???? Anyway, Man City will unfortunately(wont go bust) and fortunately(wont win the league) be another story.
 

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Man City will not be able to entice big name players to the club next summer unless they qualify for the Champions League.

It'll be interesting to see who they buy in January and it's good for United to have a competitive local rival, instead of the laughing stock City have been for decades, but I'm still yet to be convinced that they can be a major force in the Prem. We'll see.
 
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