Friday, January 16, 2009

Man! City for Kaka? Or Kaka in the city?

Here is what we need to remember about football: it is meant to be fun. It is meant to entertain. It is meant to brighten our day. Watching it should be a positive experience, especially at mamak stalls with big screens...

So, Kaka to Manchester City. What"s not to like?

But, ye gods, there are some miserable people out there. The death of football, one bloke called it. An impossibly rich man attempts to spend £100 million (RM520 million) of his personal fortune to bring a truly great footballer into the english game in a way that opens up the domestic competition, and this is a bad thing?

See you in Manchester: Kaka and Ronaldo, the newly crowned world No 1, met and said to Kaka at the FIFA awards in Zurich earlier this week. (Actually I guess he said)

This is not Kaka to Manchester United or Kaka to my beloved Liverpool, in a way that would have everybody moping around thinking the title was sewn up for the next five years.

This is Kaka, possibly, to Manchester City, a move that may one day inspire a further challenge to the domination by the elite four of English football. The BIG 5?

At the very least it is another great player turning out in a league already blessed by a few.

If Kaka goes to Manchester, English football will need only Lionel Messi for the full set. This is a unique moment in the history of the game and how stereotypical of us to find a reason to carp. Kaka, Ronaldo and Fernando Torres may be coming to town. Oh, woe.

Many people disagree with the fact... They say it kills football... 100++ million, whole lot of things can be dine right?

No club will be asked, or will pay, at the going rate for Kaka.

No club is in the same position as Manchester City.

For instance, earlier in the transfer window, City asked Valencia about David Villa, the Spain striker and wide midfielder, and were quoted a price of £90m. This was way above his perceived value, which, in recent seasons, has fluctuated between £20m and £30m, because City"s cash capacity is regarded as exceptional.

The deal then died as City's owners felt they were being treated like fools. They had the money - as the cash upfront offer for Kaka confirms - but believed Valencia were taking advantage. No other club has been required to negotiate at that level for Villa, so the inference is clear.

If Arsenal came in for him tomorrow the price would not suddenly rise to over £100m to achieve parity with Kaka, because Valencia would know he could not be sold to any other club at that price.

There would be a much reduced compromise figure, ensuring a deal progressed. The terms of Kaka's potential transfer are unique because no great player in his right mind would seek to join Manchester City (so Robinho is not really that great, yet), and no major club would sell a talent like Kaka, unless extraordinary circumstances dictated. So City have made the circumstances extraordinary.

Is there a down side? Yes, but not one that impacts on the neutral. There is a distinct feeling that Manchester City are attempting to put on the roof before putting up the walls and that is no way to run a successful football club.

Attempting to marry Kaka and Robinho to a defence that cannot cope with Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup is clearly a plan fraught with danger.

Central defenders and a holding midfield player are still needed, so City followers have every reason to lurch from delightful anticipation to disquiet.

So a sleepless night for them, and for Mark Hughes, the manager. For the rest of us, what do we care? Knock yourself out, Dr Sheik dunno what. Let's see what happens. At least this is going to be worth watching, not another tedious investigation into how many mediocre, hard-working players it takes to stifle Arsenal to secure an away point.

Plenty to think about: He may welcome the potential arrival of Kaka, but Mark Hughes will still be given sleepless nights by City's defence. To hear some critics, that is all football should aspire to these days.

Well it's already mid January. Still less signs of Man City in the transfer market... They may do a Chelsea, again, but it'll take more than splashing out big bucks for instant success. Just take a look at how Man Utd ripped them apart 3-0 that day...

So what do you think?


owen said...

he is being captured, crying during the daily training. He is sooo sad that city may screw his life.....

the crusader said...


the deal is off now!