LONDON: Manchester City's unrivalled spending power since Abu Dhabi's Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan bought the club in 2008 has transformed them from erratic under-achievers into a force that could dominate the Premier League for years to come.
While spending other people's money is easy enough, identifying and buying the players to create the right mix on the field is the difficult part that Roberto Mancini and his support staff have achieved.
His predecessor Mark Hughes had mixed fortunes in the transfer market.
He got some right, such as the relatively trivial 6 million pounds ($9.66 million) paid out for Belgium defensive rock Vincent Kompany, but others, albeit not necessarily his choices, such as Robinho backfired in spectacular fashion.
With a first title for 44 years in the bag and their eyes now set on conquering Europe, City already look to have a squad capable of becoming serial collectors of silverware.
Mancini will not allow City to rest on their laurels, however, and knows a smarting Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea will be bulking up their squads.
But who are the players to take City forward and who may they target in the coming months to cement their place at the top of English football and challenge the likes of Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid on the continent?
In Image: Manchester City's manager Roberto Mancini, left, and Carlos Tevez hold the English Premier League trophy after their team's 3-2 win over Queens Park Rangers at The Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England, Sunday May 13, 2012.