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How Manchester City spent their way to the Premier League

Abu Dhabi has spent more than US$1bn on securing the title for English Premier League side Manchester City

How Manchester City spent their way to the Premier League
Abu Dhabi United Group Investment and Development Limited, led by HH Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, acquired Manchester City for a reported US$321m in summer 2008.
How Manchester City spent their way to the Premier League
Robinho

\nStriker

\nSigned in July 2008 for US$61m (Getty Images)

How Manchester City spent their way to the Premier League
Pablo Zabaleta

\nDefender

\nSigned in July 2008 for US$12.4m (Getty Images)

How Manchester City spent their way to the Premier League
Tal Ben Haim (L)

\nDefender

\nSigned in July 2008 for US$9m (Getty Images)

How Manchester City spent their way to the Premier League
Vincent Kompany

\nDefender

\nSigned in July 2008 for US$13m (Getty Images)

How Manchester City spent their way to the Premier League
Jo (R)

\nStriker

\nSigned in September 2008 for US$34m(Getty Images)

How Manchester City spent their way to the Premier League
Shay Given

\nGoalkeeper

\nSigned in January 2009 for US$13m

How Manchester City spent their way to the Premier League
Wayne Bridge

\nDefender

\nSigned in January 2009 for US$18.3m

How Manchester City spent their way to the Premier League
Nigel de Jong

\nDefender

\nSigned in January 2009 for US$29m

How Manchester City spent their way to the Premier League
Craig Bellamy

\nStriker

\nSigned in January 2009 for US$22m

How Manchester City spent their way to the Premier League
Gareth Barry

\nMidfielder

\nSigned in July 2009 for US$19.6m

How Manchester City spent their way to the Premier League
Kolo Toure (L)

\nDefender

\nSigned in July 2009 for US$26.5m (Getty Images)

How Manchester City spent their way to the Premier League
Roque Santa Cruz

\nStriker

\nSigned in July 2009 for US$31.1m

How Manchester City spent their way to the Premier League
Joleon Lescott

\nDefender

\nSigned in August 2009 for US$38.9m (Getty Images)

How Manchester City spent their way to the Premier League
Emmanuel Adebayor

\nStriker

\nSigned in July 2009 for US$45.5m

How Manchester City spent their way to the Premier League
Carlos Tevez

\nStriker

\nSigned in July 2009 for US$45.5m

How Manchester City spent their way to the Premier League
Adam Johnson

\nMidfielder

\nSigned in January 2010 for US$11.3m (Getty Images)

How Manchester City spent their way to the Premier League
Jerome Boateng

\nMidfielder

\nSigned in July 2010 for US$17.7m (Getty Images)

How Manchester City spent their way to the Premier League
James Milner

\nMidfielder

\nSigned in July 2010 for US$31.1m

How Manchester City spent their way to the Premier League
Aleksandar Kolarov

\nDefender

\nSigned in July 2010 for US$32m

How Manchester City spent their way to the Premier League
David Silva

\nMidfielder

\nSigned in July 2010 for US$40.7m

How Manchester City spent their way to the Premier League
Mario Balotelli

\nStriker

\nSigned in July 2010 for US$41.8m

How Manchester City spent their way to the Premier League
Yaya Toure

\nMidfielder

\nSigned in July 2010 for US$42.4m

How Manchester City spent their way to the Premier League
Edin Dzeko (R)

\nStriker

\nSigned in January 2011 for US$52.4m (Getty Images)

How Manchester City spent their way to the Premier League
Samir Nasri (R)

\nMidfielder

\nSigned in July 2011 for US$38.9m (AFP/Getty Images)

How Manchester City spent their way to the Premier League
Sergio Aguero

\nStriker

\nSigned in July 2011 for US$63.6m (Getty Images)

How Manchester City spent their way to the Premier League
Gael Clichy (L)

\nDefender

\nSigned in July 2011 for US$11m(Getty Images)

How Manchester City spent their way to the Premier League
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