There’s no doubt that the 2008 January transfer window will be remembered for the Benjani fiasco, with the striker failing to complete his transfer from Portsmouth to Manchester City before the Thursday midnight deadline last week. However, The Times today reveal the reason why it’s taken nearly another week for the deal to be completed, you just couldn’t make it up!
“In his own inevitable, wonderful way – and we all love Benji so much – he falls asleep at the airport and misses two planes,” Pompey chief executive Peter Storrie said. “You couldn’t write the script. The next plane at 7 o’clock got cancelled and the 8.30 was delayed. It just made the whole situation a fiasco.”
We’ve heard of players caught napping on a football field but this is surely a first of its kind? Manchester City have paid just £3.87 million to Portsmouth for the striker and, although this could rise to £7.6 million, the Hampshire club must be concerned that their books haven’t exactly balanced after splurging £9 million on Jermain Defoe last week.