Man City have spent £327-million since 2011 but much has gone on assembling a disjointed and ageing squad which urgently needs of a major overhaul.
A late goal saved the 20-time champions while Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool asserted their positions on the log with convincing wins.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho told BBC radio he'd rather the Premier League keep its top players than see the likes of Steven Gerrard head to the US.
Former Fifa ref Keith Hackett has named five referees he says should be dropped from the English Premier League for "major errors" over Christmas.
Following a string of losses, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted that his job is under threat as the team struggles to remain competitive.
The 20-times champions are still struggling with what has been a dismal transition since Alex Ferguson retired in 2013, and total revenue has fallen.
But Ronaldo, Messi and Bale way outearned him, sitting alongside Ibrahimovic, Falcao and Neymar in the top 20 of the world's highest-paid athletes.
Dismiss Jose Mourinho's tactics as negative if you like – but the tumultuous tussle at the Etihad was, in fact, a great spectacle.
The Football Association wants to reduce the number of non-EU players in England's leagues by half to foster local talent and boost the national side.
Manchester United's signing of the prolific striker Radamel Falcao is a major coup for the ailing English giants, who need a boost after last season.
Having lived all over Europe, Liverpool's new central defender is a seasoned man at 25.
English Premier League 2014-15 preview: from 5-3-2 tactics and touchline doctors to the sack race and third kits.
Manchester City's win over Aston Villa has put the team on the brink of the Premier League title, needing just one point from the final game to win.
City need just four points to take the English Premier League top spot in one of the most unpredictable title races in years.
Defeats in their penultimate games of the season saw the London and Welsh football sides relegated after Sunderland's unexpected win against Man U.
English football club Liverpool will offer captain Steven Gerrard a new contract to keep him at Anfield for at least the next two years.
UK papers say Manchester United manager David Moyes could be fired less than a year after being hired on Alex Ferguson's personal recommendation.
Brendan Rodgers's Merseyside team surged to the top of the English Premier League table after beating Londoners Tottenham Hotspur at home.
Man City moved into second place with a convincing derby win over United, with Arsenal denied crucial points in an own-goal draw against Swansea.