Alright, so we were wrong about Kaka. No deal is close to being finalized, but the Guardian is normally good for this sort of thing so we thought it must be happening!
However, as a blog, I feel comfortable behind the veil of hyperbole and anonymity, since we’re not winning a Pulitzer anytime soon.
If anything, the potential deal that would send the mercurial Brazilian to Stamford Bridge has become more absurd since Friday’s revelation. Rumours abound that the Blues are offering well over 150 million Euros now, and they’re not the sort of club to be taken lightly. Abramovich has shown in the past that he’ll spend however much it takes to acquire the toys he covets most, as was shown when they smashed transfer records to get hold of Andrei Shevchenko.
Roman has two things going for him, in an age when owners are getting increasingly skittish about transfer prices: he’s got the cash, and he’s got the moxie to keep bidding higher and higher until the other team has no alternative but to sell. Rafa Benitez is struggling with his overlords in trying to get the money for Gareth f**king Barry, and Arsenal are selling everyone in sight.
Such a transfer would not bode well for the league, and I’m not talking about their EPL title chances. Moreso, it’s just another nail in the coffin for football in general. The chasm between the newly-promoted and the old guard is wider than ever, and there’s simply no way for the Hull Cities and West Broms of the world to compete with a 100 million Euro signing, no matter how many bit players they lure across from other teams’ reserve XIs.
Yes yes yes, I realize I’m lamenting like the old man afraid of change, but even so: is anyone worth 100 million Euros? That’s some crazy money!
After the jump, a video that shows Kaka’s genius on the pitch, along with some delightful non-sequitur videos that have the word “money” in them.