It seemed to be all going so well. Reigning champions Manchester United lose the best player on the planet, former big spenders Chelsea seem to be unable to attract the calibre of player that it once beckoned without thought, and Arsenal seem to be stubborn in their quest to succeed without adding some much needed brawn and experience to their ranks. Manchester City are attempting to create the most lop-sided squad in football history, with £70 million spent on their strikeforce meaning they now have 10 senior centre forwards on their books. All roads point to Liverpool being in pole position for the season ahead, but the constant speculation linking Xabi Alonso to Real Madrid has those on the Kop worried. Outstanding last season, his departure could prove to be their undoing before a ball is kicked.
There it was. It flashed across the bottom of my screen with the familiar yellow tag. Thursday the 11th of June 2009 would be a day I would never forget. These are the type of moves that sake the very foundations on which football is built. Where are they getting the money? How will he fit into the style of play? Will he settle in the area? But enough about Scott Dann’s thrilling £4 million switch to Birmingham from Coventry. Cristiano Ronaldo somehow managed to make the most predicable transfer of the 21st century drag out for over 2 years. His ambiguous comments about Madrid, claiming he is ‘happy at Manchester United’, questioning his manager’s tactics were just a few of the ploys he used to make himself even more desirable for Real Madrid. Did he even utter a word to thanks the club and manager that over the last 6 years made him the biggest name in football? Sure why would he?