There is great excitement in Newcastle after it was confirmed on Thursday that a Saudi consortium had reached an agreement to buy the club for £ 305 million, which brought Mike Ashley’s 14-year reign to an end in St James’ Park.
Fans of the club will immediately look to the emergence of Manchester City under their property in Abu Dhabi as an example of what they could possibly achieve in the coming years.
But City have shown that having unlimited cash does not mean a club will always get their transfer business right, with some poor purchases since their state-funded takeover in 2008.
Sportsmail sees the ten worst acquisitions out of City since Sheikh Mansour and his wealth took over the club.
Newcastle fans celebrated at St James ‘Park after their clubs’ £ 305m takeover
Mike Ashley is gone and replaced by a Saudi based consortium led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
Man City have made many purchases since their takeover, but some of it was bad business
Roque Santa Cruz – £ 17.5m. From Blackburn (June 2009)
The Paraguayan international joined City in the first summer under new owner Sheikh Mansour in 2009.
Santa Cruz had a fantastic first season at Blackburn, scoring 19 goals in 37 Premier League matches, but scoring just four in 20 in its second campaign.
Manchester City still made their move, but he struggled for playing time as Roberto Mancini took charge due to a series of injuries combined with a lack of form.
He was back at Blackburn in the second half of the 2010/11 season, before a year of long-term loans at Real Betis and Malaga, before signing for the latter in 2013.
In Manchester City, he scored just four goals in 24 games across all competitions.
Roque Santa Cruz scored just four goals in Manchester City against 29 in Blackburn
Jerome Boateng – £ 10m. From Hamburg (June 2010)
It’s painful for a club to see a player move on to big things, especially when Manchester City were nowhere near seeing the best of Boateng.
There was a sense of misfortune in his time at the club when he suffered a knee injury at the international level with Germany the week before the start of the 2010/11 season.
What did not help was a drinking cart that ran into his knees and aggravated the damage to the plane home.
He made his debut in September of that season, making just 16 Premier League appearances for the club, never seeing the player he wanted to become.
Boateng asked to go home again and was allowed to leave for Bayern Munich, where he went on to win a Champions League, seven Bundesliga titles and a World Cup with his country.
City never saw the best from Jerome Boateng (right) compared to Aleksandar Kolarov, David Silva and Yaya Toure (left to second right)
Jack Rodwell – £ 15m. From Everton (August 2012)
The midfielder was once seen as one of England’s hottest prospects with Fabio Capello saying he would be ‘very important in the years to come’ after making his international debut.
His move to Etihad, however, seemed like a surprising decision at the time, as the club already had a host of top players in its position.
He struggled to get much playing time with people like Yaya Toure, David Silva, James Milner, Gareth Barry and Samir Nasri all in front of him in the pick order.
Rodwell also suffered a series of injuries and was limited to just 16 Premier League games across two seasons.
He joined Sunderland for £ 10m. In 2014, however, has never reached the same heights he hit at Everton.
Jack Rodwell saw his playing time limited by the huge competition he faced in City
Javi Garcia – £ 16m. From Benfica (August 2012)
That same summer, they signed Rodwell, Manchester City also completed the signing of Spanish midfielder Garcia.
Unlike the English midfielder, Garcia got plenty of playing time during his two seasons at the club, making 80 appearances.
He arrived with great anticipation but struggled to ever adapt to the Premier League as he was too slow and did not have the passing ability to succeed at the Etihad Stadium.
He was largely used as a replacement during his two-year tenure, and fans were delighted that City could get £ 13 million back for him from Zenit St. Petersburg. Petersburg in 2014.
Javi Garcia never looked good in the Premier League after his arrival from Benfica
Maicon – £ 3 million From Inter Milan (August 2012)
It is perhaps no surprise that Roberto Mancini’s side could not retain their title in the 2012/13 season, looking at some of the signings they made.
Maicon was a cheap signing, but for his reputation in the game, much more was expected from the Brazilian when he arrived on the deadline day in 2012.
During his time at Inter Milan, he was known as one of the best backs in the world for a period, but he was far beyond his best when he arrived at the Etihad.
He traveled to Roma after just one season, making only nine appearances and was unable to remove Pablo Zabaleta from the right-back position.
City might have taken note of his performance against Gareth Bale in the Champions League for Inter Milan against Tottenham in 2010, where the Welshman scored a hat-trick.
Maicon was past his best-by-date when he arrived at Manchester City from Inter Milan
Stevan Jovetic – £ 22m. From Fiorentina (July 2013)
The striker arrived as one of the markers that summer amid two impressive seasons in Serie A side Fiorentina.
Great things were expected when he arrived, but a mix of injuries and poor form led him to result in him not having much influence at the Etihad Stadium.
He made 44 appearances for the club over two seasons, though he only made 11 of them in the beginning.
Jovetic scored 11 goals for City before leaving Inter Milan in the summer of 2016, after spending the previous season at the San Siro on loan.
Stevan Jovetic (left) was one of Europe’s hottest prospects, but struggled at the Etihad Stadium
Eliaquim Mangala – £ 42m. From Porto (August 2014)
The French central defender, when he joined the Etihad, was the most expensive defender in British transfer history.
He was signed with the hope of being a long-term partner for Vincent Kompany and eventually succeeding the Belgian as the city’s defensive lynchpin.
What they got, however, was perhaps their biggest financial mistake to date and was nowhere near the standard required for the side that had just won their second Premier League title.
He was often criticized for his role in closed goals, poor positioning and slow reactions.
Mangala was contracted with the club until 2019, when he spent loan periods at Valencia and Everton.
Defender Eliaquim Mangala (left) was often criticized for his parts in goals that were conceded
Wilfried Bony – £ 25m. From Swansea (January 2015)
Ivory Coast were a proven Premier League goal scorer when he arrived at the Etihad, scoring 26 times in 54 games over an impressive two-year stint at Swansea.
He was brought in to increase the club’s attack, but he scored only two goals in his first season after arriving in January.
Bony contracted malaria, which hampered his preparations for next season, when he was rarely selected and scored just three goals in 18 games, mostly from the bench.
He came to Stoke on loan for the 2016/17 season before returning to Swansea but could not find the same form he found during his first season at the club.
Wilfried Bony fought for goals at Manchester City after impressing many at Swansea
Claudio Bravo – £ 17m. From Barcelona (August 2016)
The goalkeeper was one of Pep Guardiola’s first purchases and was brought in for the purpose of replacing Joe Hart.
Still to this day, he is considered one of Guardiola’s worst acquisitions at the club, as he made a number of high-profile mistakes in his first season with the club.
He made a mistake in his debut during a 2-1 win over Manchester United and was sent off in October for handling the ball outside his area in a 4-0 loss to Barcelona.
Bravo eventually lost his place to Willy Caballero before Guardiola made one of his best purchases at Ederson the following summer.
He played 61 games for City before leaving Real Betis when his contract expired in the summer of 2020.
Claudio Bravo made a number of high-profile mistakes when he first arrived at the club
Benjamin Mendy – £ 52m. From Monaco (July 2017)
The Frenchman put on some magnificent performances for Monaco the season before, helping them reach the semi-finals of the Champions League and knocking Manchester City out in the process.
He then joined the Etihad, but has suffered with several injuries plaguing seasons at the club.
When he played, he was exposed to his lack of defensive skill with several teams targeting his side of the field, and he was often found out of position, which had resulted in him falling behind Oleksandr Zinchenko and Joao Cancelo in the pick order.
MailOnline reported last month that Mendy will be sued early next year after being charged with four counts of rape and one sexual assault.
The charges were not brought before him during a hearing in Chester Crown Court last month and no pleas were filed with a date of 24 January 2022 set for the trial.
A new hearing will be held on November 15, and Eleanor Laws QC, who is defending Mendy, said there would be an application to dismiss the charges on that date.
Benjamin Mendy was revealed for his lack of defensive ability from other Premier League sides