Manchester City’s 5 Most Non-Profitable Signings Since Undertaking In 2008


Newcastle United fans are in celebration mode as their long-running takeover saga finally looks set to end. Loaded Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is set to oust the unpopular Mike Ashley as owner in a £305million deal.

But money isn’t necessarily going to solve all their problems – as Premier League rivals Manchester City discovered in the early days of Sheikh Mansour’s reign.

The club signed some absolute duds for big bucks before they established themselves as a domestic powerhouse over the years.

Eliaquim Mangala

Mangala commanded a whopping £42m transfer fee when City splashed out to lure him to the Etihad from FC Porto.

But despite initially impressing, Mangala’s form fell off a cliff and he evolved into a liability at the back rather than the defensive lynchpin that City were hoping for.

Mangala managed to nab a Premier League winners medal from the sidelines before he was farmed out on loan to Valencia.

His impressive displays in Spain convinced Pep Guardiola to give him a reprieve – but that lasted for just a handful of games before he was given the chop for good.


Brazilian striker Jo was one of the first deals struck following Mansour’s City takeover.

He arrived in a £19m deal back in 2009 after forging a reputation as one of the top strikers in Russia.

Unfortunately, he turned out to be the first of many mega-money flops for City.

He managed just one goal in nine appearances at the Etihad and was shipped off to Everton.

A couple of promising loan spells at Goodison Park gave the Brazilian some hope of salvaging his career, but he was always destined for doom after his dismal start and was finally dumped by the club in 2011.

Wilfried Bony

Bony was one of the most lethal marksmen in the Premier League by the time he arrived at City in January 2014.

But the Ivorian striker couldn’t replicate his Swansea form and flopped in Manchester.

He was the top goalscorer in the league during the calendar year of 2014, but he only managed 10 goals in 46 appearances for City after they shelled out £25m for his signature.

City signed him to spearhead their bid for the Premier League title, but he ended up back in Wales just three years after his big bucks move.

Jack Rodwell

The deal to sign Rodwell marked a change in direction for City as they set their sights on some of the Premier League’s rising stars.

Unfortunately for the ex-Everton man, he arrived at the Etihad to discover City had already hoarded a host of top midfielders.

He struggled to get much action ahead of the likes of Yaya Toure, James Milner, David Silva, Gareth Barry, and Samir Nasri to name just a few.

Rodwell was also dogged by injuries which halted any hopes he had of making the grade.

He ended up departing Manchester just two years and 25 appearances after his £12m move.

Emmanuel Adebayor

Adebayor’s £25m switch to City from Arsenal, which was a tidy sum of money back in 2009, raised eyebrows as Mansour and his team stepped up their title ambitions.

Adebayor should have been the striker to take them up a level after proving his goalscoring credentials at Arsenal.

He impressed during his first season with 14 league goals but struggled to accomplish anything noteworthy bar his iconic celebration after netting against his old club.

But that wasn’t enough to keep Adebayor in City’s plans, and he was eventually nudged out by Edin Dzeko, Mario Balotelli, and Carlos Tevez.

Adebayor enjoyed further stints with Tottenham and Crystal Palace after departing City, but he failed to live up to his mammoth fee.

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