Man City miss out on Kaka, but get Bellamy

January 19, 2009

Well, at least it wasn’t all bad news for Manchester City on Monday,

You win some, you lose some, as the old saying goes and they may have lost out on Kaka, but City did sign Craig Bellamy from West Ham United.

The Welsh firebrand may not have quite the charisma of the Brazilian pin-up, or quite the same talent, or quite the same following — but he certainly brings something to every club he plays for.

And at 14.0 million pounds he also represents something of a bargain for the club’s owners who can safely put their 100 million pounds or whatever it was they were prepared to spend on Kaka back in their wallets for now.

Still with two weeks still to go before the transfer window closes, this might not be the end of the speculation linking City with some big name players.

Roque Santa Cruz at Blackburn Rovers has been a long-time target, and with Nigel de Jong of SV Hamburg seemingly on his way and Wayne Bridge there already, City’s squad is slowly improving.

So although Kaka may not be lining up alongside his Brazilian compatriot Robinho for the foreseeable future, perhaps someone else will be.

City might have failed to sign Kaka, but could 500 million tempt Lionel Messi, or John Terry or Cristiano Ronaldo to Eastlands in the next two weeks ? 

Probably not — the Kaka deal may be dead, but a new one might well be just around the corner.


We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. For more information on our comment policy, see

[…] Source: Mike Collett […]

Posted by Soccer Camps » Blog Archive » Man City miss out on Kaka, but get Bellamy | Report as abusive

I am an Inter fan, but I have always admired Kaka’s way of playing. Very unique. Now, I have to say he is a really honourable person.

Posted by Alfredo, Pisa | Report as abusive

[…] original here: Man City miss out on Kaka, but get Bellamy Tags: AC Milan, but-get-bellamy, entertainment, environment, home, manchester-city, mobile, […]

Posted by Man City miss out on Kaka, but get Bellamy – Everything related to European Football | Report as abusive

[…] to Source Share and […]

Posted by Man City miss out on Kaka, but get Bellamy | Soccer News Info | Report as abusive

The best option for Manchester City is to sign Arshavin. Arsenal is not ready to shell out the money Zenit is asking and for 20million he is a great player, actually a bargain. Signing Messi, Iniesta are impossible. They can however try for Ronaldo.

Posted by FC Barcelona News | Report as abusive

Craig Bellamy is a total waste of space. Remember his texts to Alan Shearer when he was at Newcastle?
City risk making themselves look like fools under their ridiculous owners, and slowly they’re going to assemble the most money-hungry squad in history without an ounce of team spirit.
Good luck Mark Hughes is all I can say!

Posted by Graham | Report as abusive

[…] Go to Source […]

Posted by Man City miss out on Kaka, but get Bellamy | Sports 40 | Report as abusive

Kaka, Messi, C Ronaldo or…

… John Terry?


Funniest thing I’ve read all week…

Posted by Blake Wiliams | Report as abusive

Even kaka is going to stay in milan.cheers.Money is not everything.

Posted by eblogger | Report as abusive


Is it John Terry being the only defender?

Posted by KG | Report as abusive