Date:Wednesday September 3 2008
This transfer window was mostly annoying, boring and tiresome. Endless speculation, crazy rumours and dire predictions. However, at the end it turned into a very amusing one.
Let's start with Real Madrid. They've been pursuing Ronaldo long and hard and in the process alienated one of the best performers of their last league campaign, Robinho, who was rumoured to be part of Real's offer for Ronaldo.
In the end, Ronaldo was convinced to stay while a 'tearful' Robinho handed in a transfer request. That is a massive slap in the face for Calderon who wasn't very successful with his transfer promises anyway: he had vowed to bring Kaka, Fabregas and Ronaldo to the Bernabeu. Remind me, which one plays there?
Now, Chelsea step into the light. They were absolutely convinced that Robinho would end up at Stamford Bridge and with good reason as the Brazilian expressed his desire to join Chelsea on many occasions. Kenyon and his team even put an ad on their website, letting visitors know that they can now order Chelsea-shirts with the name Robinho on it.
Then of course our ever ambitious little (bitter) neighbours stepped forward and made a bigger bid in the last minute which Real accepted. And Abramovich either could not respond or did not want to - but he ended up being outbid by Citeh and lost his and his manager's primary transfer target to a mid-table team who barely scraped into the next round of the UEFA Cup.
Now, it was a massive coup from City and their first major success since... well, historians will tell us. 32 years is my guess. Having said that, most of them are respectably cautious and not getting carried away by their new-found wealth.
However, I must laugh at their owners as well. They put in bids for about 273 players on transfer deadline day if reports are to be believed and all of them were turned down bar the Robinho bid. Their success in prising away Robinho, however, should not blind their judgment: they must know that the Brazilian was desperate to leave Real and as the club accepted just the one bid his hand was forced.
Yet this current City team is not good enough to reach the top four, not even with Robinho and Kompany. And they will find out that it's very difficult to attract top-quality players as those will usually choose the Champions League over the big money.
And now, the biggest laugh. Talking about big money, the Arabians confidently announced that they are prepared to offer Ł135m for Cristiano Ronaldo. Well, Fergie could sign a whole team from that so it would not be a bad business for us - but do these guys use their brain?
Ronaldo wanted to leave because a) his agent was bothering him to do so, b) because Real Madrid were his boyhood dream or something and c) he's won everything he could at England. This one is the most important.
What would be the point of joining City for him? If he wants to stay in England and in Manchester then he will stay at United because though he's not the world's greatest thinker, he's not entirely stupid. Big money is enough to lure him to Spain or Italy but to another part of Manchester, to wear an uglier shirt of a smaller, less successful team? They're having a laugh.
Date:Wednesday September 3 2008
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