Crazy Money for Average Defender Part 2: Manchester City to Bid £14m for Kaboul!

Why are the Eastlands outfit trying to improve defence by spending large sums of money on dross?

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Younes Kaboul (Portsmouth) tackles Gareth Barry (Aston Villa)

Portsmouth are demanding a huge fee for centre-back Younes Kaboul in a bid to avoid selling their star players at bargain basement prices.

Financially troubled Portsmouth are attempting to avoid a rock bottom fire sale at Fratton Park and Frenchman Kaboul is one of their prized assets. It was reported yesterday in the News of the World that Manchester City are closing in on a £7m deal for Kaboul.

This morning however, The Sun reports the £14M price tag that Manchester City will be asked to meet if they want to sign the 24 year-old. Kaboul would provide competition for the likes of Kolo Toure and Joleon Lescott at the heart of Manchester City ‘s defence.

Younes Kaboul has played 18 matches for Portsmouth in the Premier League this season, scored three goals, picked up two yellow cards and he has also been sent off once. (IMscouting)

Is there such a thing as more money than sense in football? If so Manchester City are the prime example of this very problem. Many were stunned by the large sum paid by Mark Hughes to bring in Joleon Lescott and it hasn’t exactly proven to be a great signing but that particular capture will seem like a masterstroke if Roberto Mancini decides to put in a £14m bid for Tottenham flop Younes Kaboul.

The Pompey centre back is average at best and a naive and error prone defender at worst. I know that Portsmouth are strapped for cash but a valuation of this sort is mindless in the extreme and if the Eastlands side pays up they are simply throwing yet more misguided money in an effort to tighten a leaky defence.

No one can deny the ability and talent that Kolo Toure and that is one signing made in the last year that I think was truly a great bit of business but if Mancini was ever to partner the Ivorian with Kaboul it would be the footballing equivalent of putting a skoda alongside a Ferrari in a car dealership, loosely translated the Frenchman would look even more pedestrian and poor when contrasted with the former Arsenal man.

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