By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger has identified the one disadvantage of having Manchester City's spending power - finding clubs who can afford the players who are surplus to their requirements.
Roberto Mancini has revamped his squad this summer to the tune of £126 million with James Milner and Mario Balotelli joining the likes of Yaya Toure and David Silva at Eastlands in the past week.
Those large fees go hand-in-hand with large wages and that is the source of City's problem. Premier League regulations restricting clubs to 25-man squads have led to some of City's stars leaving but Craig Bellamy's recent loan move to Cardiff was only possible because his parent club are paying the majority of his wages.
Shay Given is another City player whose future looks uncertain after Joe Hart was confirmed as Mancini's No 1 keeper but Wenger suspects that the wages these players command will price potential buyers out of the market.
"The problem is how do you offload the players now?" asked the manager.
"You cannot offload the players when the financial difference between the two clubs is too big because nobody can pay the salaries.

"I don't know how much their goalkeepers have each year. You have to pay the players who go."
City have spent more than £300 million on new players since Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan bought the club in September 2008. This week Sir Alex Ferguson expressed his concern over ‘kamikaze spending' but Wenger is not shocked by City's outlay.

"We cannot be surprised because we knew once Abu Dhabi bought City, that at some stage [they would spend big money].

"Don't forget they offered to buy Kaka one and a half years ago. We can't be surprised now if they spend money. In fact we would be surprised if they don't spend money.
"But there must be a plan in it. Mancini is not stupid. He is an intelligent guy and he has his idea behind his buys."

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20 Aug 2010