Various reports today that Chelsea are going to report City for tapping up John Terry. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black or have we forgotten the SWP and Daniel Sturridge pursuit by Chelsea. I have no problem with them filing such a claim as long as City can retroactively file for the previous two players. Frankly I wish the FA would throw the book at Chelsea. Do we have to point out, again, that it was Chelsea not City that chose to publicize the bid that City made in private.
City have subsequently responded publicly to the interest and comments made specifically because Chelsea made the interest public. If Chelsea could learn to shut up then none of the subsequent uproar would have happened.
I happen to not like when clubs attempt to upset players by making offers via the papers. City appear to have been completely above board in their dealings. I think readers of this column know my opinions well enough that if I thought City were acting out of line then I would say so. I'm not above criticizing the club.
But Chelsea, of the infamous Cashley Cole saga, don't have a leg to stand on here and already are coming across as petty. Their ability to buy anyone they want has ended and it looks like they are throwing a tantrum in the pram.
Obviously the big news is the confirmation that Emmanuel Adebayor has signed for the club. City's combined strike force is now second to none in the Premier League even if individually Torres, Rooney, Berbatov, Keane, Anelka and Drogba are considered better. Similarly you could say that City have the best squad of midfielders in the Premier League even if again individually Lampard, Gerrard, Fabregas, Carrick etc. shine. A stray thought, you know the club could really wind up Chelsea by making an offer for Lampard as well...
This really does only need a couple of defenders added to become very interesting indeed. I was talking last night with an Arsenal fan and I shocked him by suggesting that Arsenal could well be my pick for the surprise winners of the league. I believe most fans are overlooking what a full season of Arshavin will do. Arsenal still need one more midfielder, but otherwise I find them pretty solid.
Meanwhile Robinho is quoted to today as say that this is no longer a top four. It's this kind of thing that worries me. In terms of spending power certainly that's true, but City have to perform at that level for a couple of seasons before the club gets to make that kind of statement. Setting expectations, realistic expectations, is going to become more of a challenge as these signings continue. City have finished 9th and 10th the past two seasons even with the first wave of expenditure. Top 6 as stated by the Chairman is a reasonable goal for next year.