The Great Debate: Are We Witnessing the Death of Football?

Barney Corkhill@@BarneyCorkhillSenior Writer IJanuary 14, 2009

It has been a relatively quiet January transfer window so far—only Wayne Bridge's move to Manchester City made major headlines.

But today it all seems ready to kick-off, and we could be seeing an influx of world-class talent coming into the league—adding to the world-class talent we already have.

More specifically, it seems Brazilian talent is on its way to the Premier League.

Now, we already have some Brazilians in the league—Robinho, Fabio Aurelio, and Lucas Leiva are just a few of the names we have from the greatest footballing nation in the world.

But it seems that three more could be on their way.

Firstly, Bolton are chasing Denilson, the one-time, most expensive footballer in the world. Denilson was, and probably still is, a huge talent. His temperament and attitude have come into question before, but there can be no doubting his footballing ability.

In signing Denilson, it looks like Bolton could be heading back to the style of Sam Allardyce's reign at the Reebok Stadium.

Allardyce brought in good, experienced players who were nearing the end of their career such as Jay-Jay Okocha, Ivan Campo, Fernando Hierro, Hidetoshi Nakata, and Youri Djorkaeff. The latter, like Denilson, is a World Cup winner.

In imitating Big Sam's style, Gary Megson could well be trying to bring back the success of the Allardyce era.

Tottenham are also getting in on the act by trying to solve their lack of bite up front (despite having Jermain Defoe, Roman Pavlyuchenko, and Darren Bent) by capturing Adriano from Inter Milan.

Inter manager Jose Mourinho has said that he won't let Adriano go unless he gets a replacement, but the loan deal on offer could tempt him—particularly as he has Gareth Bale going the other way.

This would be a great move from Tottenham, as Adriano would grace any Premier League side. His strength would cause all sorts of problems, and he has one of the most powerful shots in world football.

Also, although Bale is a very promising player, his Tottenham career hasn't exactly gone as planned. He has started 20 league games for Tottenham, and they haven't won any of them.

But the biggest story, predictably, has come from Manchester City.

This leads me onto the headline of this piece. According to all sources, Manchester City has put in a bid for Kaka. What's wrong with this? Nothing. It's the size of the bid thats the problem.

£100 million is the lowest figure being quoted in the news. The lowest! That is more than twice as expensive as Zinedine Zidane, one of the greatest players of all time, was deemed just a few years ago.

The figures go up to a reported £175 million! That is almost four times more expensive than Zizou!

Perhaps even more disturbing is the reported wage offer. In this time of global economic crisis, the working-class people who are often the most hardcore and passionate football fans are losing their jobs left, right, and centre.

Manchester City then go and offer Kaka a reported £500,000 per WEEK! That's £25,500,000 per year. I would guess that less than one percent of people make £500,000 in a year, let alone a week.

The ridiculous size of these funds is surely going to have people calling for wage and transfer caps even louder than they were before. Yes, we want the best players in the Premier League but not at that price!

If this transfer goes through, it will be a huge step in the wrong direction for football. The fans, without which the game may not even exist, will see this and feel like football is being pushed away from reality—meaning it is being pushed away from them.

If fans start getting disillusioned with the game, they will stop watching it. If they stop watching it, the clubs lose a lot of their income which is what football seems to be run on nowadays.

Now, I am by no means suggesting that Kaka's transfer will directly cause the death of football, but if the figures quoted are correct and the transfer goes through, it would be a big step in that direction.


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