I hope it doesn't come across the wrong way, but yes, I could easily see something like this. You can't go out and sign a load of world class players straight away. The way to do it is essentially the way City did it - you first of all build your way up to the top and there's a phase where you have to sign more attainable players. The easiest way to do that is to sign players who are outside the top 4/6/whatever but are the best players at midtable/lower table clubs where they can offer huge wages rises to make a move attractive. So targeting the likes of Sarr from Watford, Aarons from Norwich, McNeil from Burnley, Neves from Wolves, Lamptey from Brighton, Rice from West Ham etc might be the way to go in the short to medium term (I dare say Everton have a player or two they might fancy as well). I remember City taking Lescott from us when we had just finished 5th in consecutive seasons and were a better side than them. Gareth Barry, Adebayor, Kolo Toure etc. There won't be many clubs who will be immune to advances from them, probably only the current top 4.