Manchester City’s new-found wealth has led the club to be linked with all kinds of slightly unlikely transfer dealings, this latest one is so ridiculous that I would gladly eat my own intestine if it ever occurs! As long as I can cover it in ketchup of course.
Manchester City’s new owners are chasing Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand.
The Manchester Evening News says Ferdinand is the only English player City’s new Arab owners want in their dream team.
The United defender has been named by Dr Sulaiman Al Fahim who has already said he’ll be bidding £120m for Cristiano Ronaldo in the January transfer window.
Other players he names in Arabian Business magazine include Italian keeper Gianluigi Buffon, Cesc Fabregas, Kaka, Lionel Messi, Fernando Torres and Didier Drogba.
Ferdinand signed a new five-year contract in April on a salary believed to be £120,000 a week. (tribalfootball.com)
£35m-rated Ferdinand is getting better season-on-season, and his pairing with Nemanja Vidic is clearly the best in the Premier League by far. Therefore, the idea that he would consider the controversial move to Eastlands is frankly mystifying.
It’s good to see that the long-suffering loyal City supporters look to be getting the kind of financial boost that could well lead them towards the promised land of the top four, but I think some of the recent talk of moves for the likes of Torres, Fabregas and Ronaldo are a little premature. The capture of Robinho was a fantastic one and it’s that kind of move that Sparky will have to aim for in the immediate future, i.e. players who are upset at their clubs and want to seek a new challenge.
Clearly, Rio doesn’t fall into that category and will never play for another club side for the rest of his career. Do United fans fear that City will become a major force or do they genuinely believe their neighbours deserve some good fortune?