In today's market that's unrealistic imo. To make that work we'd have to make atleast 10 million back in player sales & I can't see where we'll recoup that money. Even if we sold Cole, Adam & Maxi I can't see us getting 10 million.
It's not unrealistic though is it, if we accept that the 8m quoted for Gylfi is fact, then 3 players of his quality would cost 24m, we've got 1 for Dirk, so realistically we need to find 3 million, so if we shift Aquillani which is looking likely, we may get another couple, but the real saving will be wages, Gylfi won't be on 80k like Dirk was, and another 8m player won't be on AA wages.
If anything it will make our scouting network work harder, and FSG have already addressed this area with the sacking of DC and the recruitment of the pair from City.
It's a common misconception that to be successful you need to spend big.
City's 'most valuable' player (to the team) is in my opinion, Kompany and he cost what? 6 million?
Let's not forget, by reducing our wage bill, and we can make significant savings in this department, will increase our spending power significantly. I'm not going to guess peoples wages but I think it's reasonable to assume the amounts listed below.
These players have either gone, looking likely to go, or we could do without.
Saving between 300 and 340k a week. Yearly that's 15.6 - 17.68million, for players that between them contributed less than 50 games to the club.
You're not so far away from one of these 'marquee' signings that people are banging on about.