Hatchet Man: City give Chelsea a bloody nose and Real Madrid a dig in the ribs...what fun!

Manchester City fans could yesterday have been forgiven for checking their calendars to see if it was April 1st.

After the false dawn of Thaksin Shinawatra, the club were bought by super-rich new owners who promised to lasso a galaxy of stars. 

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The names reeled off sounded preposterously unrealistic and their £34m bid  for Dimitar Berbatov appeared nothing more a PR exercise. But any club who can give Chelsea a bloody nose in the transfer market must mean business.

Snatching Robinho from under the nose of Peter Kenyon for a British record  £32.5m was the shock of the day. 

Even fans of the small clubs who will suffer from more wealthy owners inflating the market and buying foreign must have cheered to see Chelsea reeling after being beaten to the punch.

City even managed a dig in the ribs for another of the world's richest clubs on the way. Real Madrid, hilariously, claimed Robinho had been 'badly advised',  as if president Ramon Calderon would have made more sense.

But while the little Brazilian stepped over Chelsea, the Premier League  braced themselves for the arrival for another serious player. This could be  fun.

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