Kaka, Manchester City & Great Expectations

For the Manchester City executives that have been in Milan all day trying to to confirm a deal for the signature of Kaka, today has undoubtedly been an eventful one. There have been protests outside the office where the negotiations have been taking place, which took a turn for the bizarre then the midfielders father turned up (as he had done before) to speak on behalf of his son. Milan stand to do very nicely indeed out of this deal. The current weakness of the pound against the euro means that they could stand to make twenty-five per cent more in real terms than they would have done six months ago. This transfer on its own may have gone a long way towards curing the malaise that the red and black half of Milanese football has been suffering from over the last couple of seasons or so. For now, though, City have been turned down against, although ruling anything out permanently would be foolhardy. We’re also learning a lot about English football – the media, the fans and our own in-built opinions of the clubs themselves. I first used the phrase “football supporters are inherently conservative” on here a couple of years ago, and nothing that I have seen in the publc domain over the last couple of weeks or so has changed that opinion. Manchester City, to be...

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