I dont think there is a hard-cap on how much we are willing to spend tbh ( within reasonable limits ofc). I mean, I can easily see Mike willing to spend 15 million on a player, as long as he feels like the player is worth 25+. Its all about "getting a good deal" for him I suspect, regardless of how much the player costs. You could see he was willing to stretch to 10-12 mill for Cisse, while not being willing to shell that much out for Maiga, because he is not as good.
Hopefully we will find some loophole in a quality strikers contract, can see Mike striking like a cobra in that case.
This, he's trying to run transfers as a business. It means that he's only going to buy cheap players to fill gaps or potentially excellent players who can be sold later. The point is though, it can actually work both as a good business model and a way of improving your squad over a period of time. Unfortunately, it's a very slow way of improving a team and can create these windows of time where we have weakened areas (especially strikers) until we find another good deal.
I've always accepted it will take time to see where we're at, not just in weeks or months, but in years. They keep saying their strategy will take several years to implement, I accept this and realise that in the future we may be able to hold onto players much easier if we manage to achieve success without burning cash to get there. There's next to no point in overspending until you're in the s*** to get to Europe, only to fall out of it for several years and potentially enter relegation battles. Be frugal, spend the money wisely but at all times keep a core of good players in the side and try the utmost to create a core which is reasonably stable for three-four years,
I fully expect to get slayed and slated here for being a w***** apologist and maybe I'm wrong, maybe all they care about is lining their pockets and f***ing us over but you can argue it both ways. The haters have a more aggressive way of talking about it but we'll not know who's right until MA's ownership comes to an end.
Let me add finally, that whatever does happen, I still think he's a disgusting c*** for what he did to Keegan, for lying and for being a fat, pathetic pansy of a man who desperately wanted to be liked only to become one of the most hated figures in the UK. Llambias is a greasy pig who should be roasted on a spit and served to the sewers but yes, I can see logic and sense in the way club operates