In arguably the biggest transfer shock ever, Manchester City have signed Brazilian ace Robinho for £32.5 million, and in the process have set a British transfer record.
The very fact the day begun with claims of "Robinho to Chelsea" has made this transfer look all the more sensational. Manchester City have had probably the greatest day in their history—fans woke up to the news they had become one of the world's richest clubs, and then they secured their most expensive signing ever.
The only blemish on the day's work was that Dimitar Berbatov couldn't be persuaded to swap White Hart Lane for the City Of Manchester Stadium.
But Robinho is not a bad second option.
The very fact this entire transfer has been conducted within the space of a few hours really shows Chelsea up, who couldn't come to an agreement in weeks! Roman Abramovich and co. will be slightly red faced, but can console themselves that they still look likely Premiership champions.
City, however, may not get the instant reward from their new Arab owners amazing financial muscle. The squad will hopefully cling onto the curtails of the top four by January, and then God only knows who'll come to town.
Huntelaar, Eto'o, Metzelder, Henry, Rooney, Ronaldo. These were names that last night City fans could only dream of, but on the 1st of September these players' odds of turning out for the Blues have been slashed dramatically.
The new Arab owners say they were interested in three clubs—City, Arsenal, and Newcastle. How the Gunners and my beloved Toon must wish they had been picked!
Nevertheless, September 1st 2008 will surely go down as Manchester City's finest hour.
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