For a football blogger, Manchester City is the gift that keeps giving. For instance in today's Guardian, we learn that:
[City] had also tried and failed to sign David Villa, Gianluigi Buffon and Thierry Henry before their aborted £91m world-record bid for Kaka.
Why did none of these go through? Well, according to sources at City, Henry didn't want to move in January, while Valencia and Juventus were apparently trying to take advantage of "the Manchester City effect."
Cue much wailing and gnashing of teeth at Eastlands. Of course, it could also be that the clubs in question really didn't want to sell their best players and so quoted ridiculous fees in the hope of deterring City.
But perhaps there was an element of clubs trying to take advantage of City's newfound wealth. Even if that's true, it's hard to credit the following to a man whose club just offered GBP91 million for one player:
The perception that we are out there throwing money around is simply not true.
Whatever you say, Mr Cook, whatever you say.
In what's sure to depress Manchester City fans further, the helpful folks at the Guardian have put together this nice little graphic to illustrate how even scads of money can't buy you everything you want.