Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Bottomless wallet already on show

According to reports in Spain, Manchester City offered Real Madrid a "blank cheque" for former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy on Monday - but we rebuffed by the Spanish giants.

Shortly after completing the record-breaking deal to take Brazil star Robinho to the Eastlands, Marca claims City, for all intents and purposes, told Real to name their price for van Nistelrooy. The Spaniards said no and Man City were left with just one extra player on deadline day.

But how many "top" players did they actually try and sign during those 10-or-so wacky hours on Monday?

Some names mentioned include Valencia's Spanish star David Villa and Liverpool's Steven Gerrard. Bids may or may not have been made - but what is known is that Man City offered £30million-plus for Dimitar Berbatov (a bid that was accepted). Rumours, and that's all they are, suggest City made bids worth anywhere from £200-600million in 10 hours.

January will provide the next opportunity to see how many top names Manchester City can obtain with their mega-money. Given a £134million bid for Man Utd's Ronaldo has already been mooted (he won't move, but it's hilarious) and Fernando Torres has been mentioned, anything could - and probably will - happen.