Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou has warned Manchester City they can not buy the Premier League title and suggested they may even struggle to better their fifth placed finish last season.
The Ivorian believes Chelsea’s main rivals will be Manchester United, Arsenal, and Liverpool this season and not Roberto Mancini’s side, despite their cash injection that now stands in excess of £200 million for the last two years.
Although parallels have been drawn between Chelsea’s rise to the top of English football, with Roman Abramovich’s arrival heralding their recent success, and Manchester City’s billionaire owner, Kalou believes the Eastlands club will struggle to replicate the Blues’ prominence in the Premier League.
Kalou told the Sun: "Just because you bring in 10 new players every year doesn't mean you are going to finish top of the table.
"City did the same thing last season and finished fifth and I am not sure if they'll be any stronger this time.
"Spending a lot of money on new signings doesn't guarantee anything.
“City have to remember there are still teams like Chelsea, United, Liverpool and Arsenal who will always be at the top.
"And this year we will all be up there fighting for the title again."