The 10 players Man City bought in their first summer under Sheikh Mansour in 2009

Carlos Tevez in his Man City days

Manchester City fans were incredibly optimistic in the summer of 2009.

After years of mediocrity, Sheikh Mansour's mega-money takeover of the club had been completed and there was a feeling that City could mix with the Premier League's elite.

After completing his takeover on September 1, 2008, Mansour added Robinho, Craig Bellamy, Nigel de Jong, Shay Given and Wayne Bridge to the squad.

But how did he get on during his first full summer in the transfer market? Well, it was certainly a busy and an expensive one, with City spending north of £100m.


The £12m arrival was a big success during his time at City, before joining Everton back in 2014. The midfielder is now in the Championship with West Brom.

ROQUE SANTA CRUZ (Olimpia Asuncion)

City handed Blackburn rovers a cool £18m for the Paraguayan striker, but he failed to deliver. After loan spells in Spain and Mexico, Santa Cruz opted to return to his homeland in 2016.


Taylor with Southampton

The English goalkeeper never made a senior appearance for City and has made just seven of them since leaving the club in 2012 - Southampton were his last port of call.

CARLOS TEVEZ (Boca Juniors)

A City legend who joined the club from bitter rivals Manchester United. Moved to Juventus in 2013 before two spells with Boca - with a year-long trip to China sandwiched in-between.


Karius with Liverpool

A very familiar name. Karius was signed for City's youth team, but failed to make the grade and was released in 2011. He joined Liverpool in 2016 and we all know what happened after that...


City handed Arsenal £25m for the Togo striker and he didn't exactly meet the club's lofty expectations. He left back in 2012 and is now enjoying a decent spell in Turkey's capital.


Roman with Barcelona's B team

Signed for the youth team, the Spanish midfielder never made a senior appearance in City colours before leaving in 2012 for Barcelona's B team. He moved to Cyprus in 2018.


Enjoyed a stellar five years at City after arriving from Everton for £22m. Had spells at West Brom, Aston Villa, AEK Athens and Sunderland before calling time on his career in 2018.

SYLVINHO (Retired)

Sylvinho signs for Man City

A free transfer from Barcelona, the Brazilian left-back played just 11 times in his single season with City before retiring in 2010.

KOLO TOURE (Retired)

The second signing from Arsenal that summer, with Toure enjoying four years at the Etihad. Left for Liverpool in 2013, before a season with Celtic in 2016/17 prior to his retirement.

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