By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger expects Robinho to be the catalyst for more ‘marquee’ signings at Manchester City.

The Brazilian midfielder was the story of last summer’s transfer window after turning down Chelsea to move to Eastlands on deadline-day in September. Robinho’s purchase, for £32.5million, was a bold statement of intent by the Abu Dhabi United Group on the day they took over Man City.

According to reports, the club were planning a record £100million bid for Kaka in January but those stories came to nothing. Nonetheless, Wenger does not expect Robinho to be the only global star in the blue half of Manchester at the start of next season.

“He's a world class player,” said the Frenchman. “He went to Manchester City thinking he would be joined by many more players and you wouldn't be surprised if he'd had a hand in the Kaka story. 

"A big, big player can also be a chance to bring in other big players because they think: 'he's gone, why shouldn't I go?' He's the first big buy or massive buy waiting for others.

"Frankly, I rate Robinho as a player but I don't know him as a person and don't know what he has been told. But when you look at the resources that City have, the newspapers will be busy with them in the summer."

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3 Apr 2009