City goes for £100m Brazilian, owch.

The funniest story this morning is that City offered £91m for Kaka, Gattuso, and Dida.  Gattuso is injured and Dida is shite, so, let’s be honest and just admit that this is a $100m bid for Kaka. Now, depending on who you read, Kaka is either willing to talk to City or has rejected them outright. City is trying their level best to get to the player by offering him an after tax salary of £13m but when Kaka’s agent publicly says

Kaka wouldn’t do anything based on money. He would never do something like Robinho, who, just to earn more, contented himself with a solution that was not a winning one. (emphasis added)

I rather doubt the player will be tempted.

Honestly though, it’s not the money, it’s not that City are struggling to stay in the Premier League, it’s that established Italian players do not want to come to England in the prime of their careers and have their legs broken by the Mathew Taylor’s and Kevin Davies and Joey Barton’s in this league. Add in that the pace of the game and demands of English football are harder than in Italy, that the English refs are biased against foreigners, and the food and culture is continuously a sore spot and really, even £14m after tax isn’t enough.

In Italy he’s a god. In England, he’s a great player on “the other Manchester team.”

Which leads us to Arsenal target Andrei Arshavin. Sadly, news reports are circulating now that say Inter are getting involved in the bidding and if true I think we have to say our hopes for landing the player have diminished. I really wish Arsene would just look elsewhere for a player. Dealing with Zenit is distasteful at the least and at best it’s starting to look like they are using Arsenal to get the max they can from Inter or City after the Kaka deal falls through.

The team would be better served if they would spend their time on getting a player in, for a reasonable fee, who would shore up the defensive end of the squad. Hangelaand is often linked, a defensive midfielder maybe, you know, that kind of player. Maybe if you want to get realy crazy, recall Traore from Pompey and have him compete for Eboue’s spot.

Cesc Hates Football

Ok, not really, but Cesc did make a rather incredible statement in the match program on Saturday against Bolton and rather than cut it up, let me just give it to you whole

Of course I love watching Arsenal, and I will never miss a game when I can help it, but apart from that I’m just forgetting about everything to do with football. Even my girlfriend is surprised because it’s unusual for me, but to be honest when it comes to football at the moment, I am off it until I can start to get fit again.

I just have to be patient and try to enjoy a holiday. In the last five years I haven’t been able to take any type of holiday because even during the summer I have been playing for the national team, so it’s been constant.

I think in six years I’ve only ever had three consecutive weeks without football. That’s not normal for a 21 year-old. For Arsenal and Spain at all levels I think I have played 270 games – for a 21 year-old that’s not normal so I guess at one stage this had to happen. I want to relax as much as possible, and I’m sure I will come back stronger

Wenger gave Cesc some time off to start the season but clearly it wasn’t enough. I think we all saw a dip in form for Cesc at that time and now we know why, he’s burned out on football. I don’t know what Cesc is thinking but it looks to me like the burden that Wenger put on the young man, playing him 250 times before the age of 21 has started to tell. We all have to hope that these 4 months off see him return refreshed and hungry.

I’d also hope that Wenger sees this statement and understands that we need to bring in some experienced players rather than just throw Wilshere, Vela, and Ramsey out there to the wolves.

Yes, for those keeping tabs, I have changed my mind here.

Rapid Links

Simpson is doing well, winning matches, and earning plaudits from W.B.A. He supposedly scored a great goal, anyone have a link? I’d love to see Simpson help W.B.A. stay up this season and then be recalled back into the Arsenal team and give Ade some competition for his target man spot up front.

Spuds are being cautious with Appiah and will test him out tonight in a friendly to see if they want to sign him permanently.  I have to think that there’s something really, really wrong with him if the normally profligate Spurs are being so cautious. So, erm, good job not signing Appiah, Wenger!

Howard Webb admits he was wrong. No, not about the piss poor refereeing at Old Trafford but about his piss poor refereeing in a Wolves/Birmingham FA Cup match where he admitted that he failed to give a penalty for a clear violation. Now, if we could only get him to admit that he’s Wayne Rooney’s bitch we’d all be better off. “Best ref in England?” That’s an insult to England.

8 Responses to “City goes for £100m Brazilian, owch.”

  1. 1 T-town Alex
    January 14, 2009 at 7:24 am

    When is the winter transfer window closed? End of January?

  2. 3 Connolly´s agent
    January 14, 2009 at 11:20 am

    I thinik Kaka will stay. He´s probably the last footballer in the world to leave a club for money, and if he says he wants to grow old with Milan, I´d believe him. But I don´t understand why 91 seems like such a big figure. Real Madrid´s going for a 75 (rising to 105) millino pound Ronaldo, so what´s the fuss?

    By the way, I read that the new Philly side will probably be called Philly City. Why not something awesome, like the BOBs, the Cheesesteaks, or the Franklins? You´ve already missed the chance to call the Boston side the Tea Party, so do something zany and outrageous. Please.

  3. 4 barnaby
    January 14, 2009 at 11:36 am

    We look to be in a tough spot, our needs are clear but our targets are dropping like flies. City have gone absolutely over the edge and are appearing nothing short of desperate, as such prominent players and their clubs are all waiting for city to blink first. If city doesn’t come in then they will likely sell to the second highest bid. 16 mil for santa cruz, 100 mil for anyone – we’re way beyond stupid money now. This is shaping up to be a frustrating window for many clubs and managers and fans.

  4. January 15, 2009 at 2:15 am

    im sure kaka wants to stay but if milan does accept the money, what can he do?

  5. 6 Connolli´s agent
    January 15, 2009 at 5:27 am

    Actaully, I take it back. Milan would be stupid not to take the money. 91 million would buy them enough youngsters to rejuvenate thier squad and turn them back into title contenders – Villa, Silva, Akinfeev and Fabregas.

  6. 7 caribkid
    January 15, 2009 at 5:40 am

    I am now convinced that any one who makes money off “oil” becomes crazy from smelling all those fumes. First Abramovic and now the Sheik willing to spend insane amounts of cash for sake of prestige. It’s all about vanity and nothing else.

    AC Milan should take the money and run.

  7. January 15, 2009 at 7:01 am

    Have you seen “There Will Be Blood?”

    Oil makes people stupid, crazy, homicidal rich.

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