The world of Premier League football has been crazy for some time, although it’s reached new heights in the past few days. That’s because the Abu Dhabi United Group have decided to buy a new football club and, after a careful game of ‘eenie meenie miney mo’, Manchester City are the chosen one. To say that the new owners are ambitious is ever-so-slightly an understatement with these latest targets.
The Guardian report that they are certainly not content with Robinho for £32.5 million, that’s just loose change compared to the other deals they are currently lining up. Dr Sulaiman Al-Fahim, the spokeperson for the group, is hardly keeping his cards close to his chest over their list of targets, with a certain Manchester United player top of the list.
Manchester City’s new billionaire owners are planning a world-record £135m bid for Cristiano Ronaldo in the January transfer window before turning their sights to, among others, Fernando Torres of Liverpool and Cesc Fábregas of Arsenal. “Ronaldo has said he wants to play for the biggest club in the world, so we will see in January if he is serious,” said Dr Sulaiman Al-Fahim, of the Abu Dhabi United Group.
Al-Fahim also re-iterated that he would investigate the potential availability of the former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry, Valencia’s David Villa and the former Brazil international Ronaldo to join Robinho in a “dream team” that would be able to challenge for the Champions League within two or three years.
Where to start?! Ronaldo has hardly displayed his loyalty to Man United this summer, reluctantly agreeing to stay at the club, but would he leave if the price was right? What about Fabregas and Torres? Would they be prepared to join the circus in Manchester? And how do City supporters feel about this latest turn of events? It’s stranger than fiction, but are you happy that your club is now ‘the richest in the world’ or was it better before Shinawatra and Al-Fahim came along?