Were Manchester City close to landing ex-Manchester United striker this week?

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Recent events at Eastlands have been very sudden. This time a week ago, Man City’s financial situation was unclear (remember the story about SWP having reservations?) and the club were on the verge of being eliminated from the UEFA Cup. Now, they have godzillions of pounds to spend on new players thanks to their latest owners, and it sounds as though they narrowly missed out on another hot property the other day!

FOX Sports reports that City were in the hunt for Ruud Van Nistelrooy, according to reports. The Dutchman had a very fruitful spell wearing the red of Manchester United, and it appears as though the Abu Dhabi Group were willing to offer an enormous amount of cash to bring the hotshot back to England’s second biggest city.

But before sealing the Robinho deal, Spanish daily Marca claims Real chose to reject an even more staggering offer for another Bernabeu superstar – Dutch striker van Nistelrooy.

The paper claims when City were told van Nistelrooy was not for sale, they came back with a huge bid that was rejected.

Then, in a final attempt to land the ex-Old Trafford star, they reportedly offered Madrid a blank check and told them to name their price for van Nistelrooy. But once again, Madrid refused.

Real Madrid are not short of a buck or two, as most clubs would surely have named their price and sold their player on for an enormous profit. It appears as though Man City tried to raid a number of clubs before the transfer deadline and managed to land the ‘box-office’ signing that has now made the football world sit up and take notice.

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