While it's not normally my style to write about transfers, the aftermath of Manchester City's failed £100 million-plus transfer offer for Kaka was too good to pass up. ESPN Soccernet quotes Manchester City executive chairman Garry Cook as saying that
Ah. So a world record transfer bid was being lodged for "humanitarian reasons"? Evidently. Cook further accuses AC Milan of "bottling it" - as though somehow the Italian club mis-filed the paperwork, or suffered a late-breaking case of "seller's remorse." However, it appears that Milan were willing to let Kaka leave -- even publicly declaring it in recent days -- given the staggering transfer fee and rumors of a possible £15 million annual salary. Of course, Chairman Silvio Berlusconi was quick to paint himself as the savior stating that "[b]oth I and he (Kaka) have intervened," though how exactly Kaka "intervened" in his own transfer is unclear. Kaka himself is saying the decision was his and his alone, and that would seem to be more believable.