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5 of the worst Manchester City signings since 2008

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Sheik Ali Mansour took charge of City in 2008
Sheik Ali Mansour took charge of City in 2008

Manchester City have made some waves with their fantastic recruitment strategy over the last two seasons signing incredibly talented players. In fact their big money signings like David Silva and Sergio Aguero have lit up the Premier League for a few years now and although there have been a few duds along the way, City have woven together some great players for a successful period post the Sheikh Mansour takeover.

Those that have been misses in the transfer market have arguably been spectacular blunders for City. City have been singled out for these signings before and it is claimed that City almost has always bought players by the price tags and not because of thorough scouting.

Interestingly enough most of these players are attacking players and it is not shocking that City went in for them but it is also proof that big names do not always work. That having been said let us take a look at the five worst signings made by Manchester City in the Sheikh Mansour era:

#5 Robinho

Manchester City's Brazilian gamble- Robinho
Manchester City's Brazilian gamble- Robinho

Robinho is now more than a waste of top class talent, he is a convicted criminal. But before his days in Italy where the Brazilian lost his way completely, Robinho was at Manchester City for two seasons.

Signed from Real Madrid for about 42 million according to many sources, Robinho was labelled as the next big Brazilian talent after Ronaldo and Ronaldinho before him. The striker joined Manchester City on the day Sheikh Mansour completed his takeover of Manchester City.

He famously thought that he had signed for Manchester United, having been unaware of City's existence until he signed for them. But the Blues fans were excited to see a world-class talent in their kit and forgave his transgressions.

Boy were they disappointed! His first season yielded 14 goals which was a decent return and he finished as City's top scorer.

The next season saw injuries and what many believed a lack of desire ruined his first team chances as he was quickly shipped off to AC Milan in 2009 after two seasons at Manchester.

If one had ignored the price tag, his first season was decent enough to not rank it as one of City's worst signings but at 42 million, Robinho was an absolutely dreadful buy for Manchester City!

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