Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho has admitted Manchester City have usurped his club as the dominant force in football's transfer market.
Mourinho revealed that the Spanish giants were outbid by City for Serbia left-back Aleksandar Kolarov - who arrived in Manchester for £16 million in the summer - and claimed that he would have 'no chance' of prising Emmanuel Adebayor away from Eastlands.
City have splashed more than £100 million on new players in the past few months, including the capture of Kolarov from Lazio, and appear to have a bottomless treasure chest of funds thanks to their Abu Dhabi owners.
Real have hardly stood still in the transfer market themselves, signing Sergio Canales, Angel Di Maria, Sami Khedira Ricardo Carvalho and Mesut Ozil. But Mourinho believes that after a decade of galactico transfer policy at the Bernabeu, City have now emerged as the dominant force in the market.
"I understand that if someone wants to compete with them for a player it is very difficult, they are dominant in the market,''Mourinho told Sky Sports News. "The player they say they want is the player they get.
"I was interested in Kolarov when I came here but I couldn't compete with them as they went to values that I couldn't. If they have the money they can do it, if they have the ambition to win the Premier League they can do it.''
Mourinho has been linked with City striker Emmanuel Adebayor, who appears to have fallen out of favour with boss Roberto Mancini, but "the Special One" believes a move for the unsettled forward is out of the question.
"I think no chance," Mourinho told Sky Sports News when asked about the prospect of signing Adebayor. "The historical dimension of Real Madrid and Manchester City you can't compare. But the economical dimension you can compare.
"So I think at the minute Man City is the club to keep their best players and to buy the players that nobody expects them to buy. I don't think, just one year after buying Emmanuel from Arsenal, he's the player to leave."