Manchester City better not screw this up.
Ryan Babel is a Dutch 22-year-old stud that has already represented his country in international play. He plays winger/forward for Liverpool, and during the 2007-08 season, Babel had 11 goals and six assists.
However, despite his success with Liverpool in his first year, he has struggled this year. Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez prefers to play Babel out of his natural position. This has affected his play.
I mean, it is hard to get playing time as a striker when you have Fernando Torres, Dirk Kuyt, and others ahead of you.
On May 26, reports surfaced that Liverpool gave Babel the green light to leave the club. The price tag? £11 million.
Manchester City offered £100 million to Kaka. To have a Dutch international on the market for one-tenth of the price offered to Kaka is the best thing Manchester City can ask for.
It is well documented that Mark Hughes is looking for another striker. Ryan Babel at 6'0" has the size and ball skills to really make an impact at the Eastlands.
With all the money Manchester City has and with the gaps in the frontline, Babel is a steal.
I hope Manchester City realizes the potential of this deal. I hope they aren't blind.