Kaka and Man City seems an unnatural fit
In a world suffering from such a serious economic downturn, one that is causing millions of ordinary people financial hardship, there is almost something obscene about the amount of money Manchester City are reportedly hoping to spend on acquiring Kaka from AC Milan.
There are many definitions of obscenity in the dictionary but the one that best describes Manchester City’s pursuit of the Brazilian midfielder is simply “beyond all reason”.
City are said to have offered 100 million-plus pounds for Kaka, plus reported wages of 500,000 pounds a week, money that will earn the genius just shy of 3,000 pounds an hour — even when he is sleeping.
Of course, money in football has long been divorced from the real world but Arsene Wenger’s comments on the Kaka saga are worrying food for thought.
“It doesn’t look in connection with what is today’s world,” Wenger said. “On the one hand you have the economic situation, which is worrying. It goes against the economic situation and I don’t feel in connection with that, because we are at a club where we live in the real world. We live with three incomes: the gates, the sponsors and the television money. That is the real world of football, the rest is exceptional. It is a special income with unlimited resources. Good luck to them. But it’s not the real world.”
Would signing Kaka even make sense if the sums involved were more reasonable? No-one can predict with certainty what sort of impact Kaka would have on Manchester City, but a playmaker doesn’t seem to be their immediate priority. City lost 3-0 to Championship strugglers Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup two weeks ago: surely their priority is to rebuild the defence.
Kaka’s arrival will not land them a top four finish this season and there is no guarantee it will next season either.
Historically Brazilians have not thrived in England. Even Robinho, who arrived at City last year for a “mere” 32 million British record fee has not proved himself yet.
Manchester City have been under-achievers for decades. A hundred million or a thousand million won’t necessarily change that in the foreseeable future.
Perhaps one reason for that is this: psychologically they are Manchester’s second club and it would take them years to change that fact, if it’s possible at all.
They could be richer in cash, perhaps, but what about history, tradition and silverware? And if they can’t be the biggest club in Manchester, how will they ever be the biggest club in England or the world?
PHOTO: Kaka attends a press conference before the FIFA World Player Gala in Zurich, Jan. 12, 2009. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann