Kakagate: Cook - AC Bottled It
Google language translator
Garry Cook opens up the fallout from the failed negotiations by blaming AC Milan's approach to the whole situation...
There's obviously more to this than meets the Blue eyes but one thing's for sure Cook and co have got a job on in attempting to disturb the established ranks of European football's elite...
The Executive Chairman told BBC 5 Live:
'The player was clearly for sale.
'We had entered into a confidentiality agreement weeks ago but, in my personal opinion, they [Milan] bottled it.
'We had gone through a three or four-stage process in which Milan made it quite clear Kaka was for sale and we made it clear we intended to bring him to Manchester City.
'As we got to the next stage there were questions they could not answer and I think the political and public pressure made them change their conditions.
'We never even met the player. We met his representative, his father, but we had discussed commercial terms only.
'The agenda we thought we were on was about Kaka coming on a journey with this club but at the end the only journey they were on was a fiscal one.
'We'll continue on our journey but he won't be a part of it. Deals with the greatest players are more than complex.
'It would have been great to have him with us but what got in the way was the behaviour of AC Milan and I think they bottled it.
'We got to talk to Kaka's father. His father said he was very interested in the project and we talked about humanitarian potential factors but when we got into discussions those issues took a back seat and financial demands came to the fore.'
VITAL MC INFO:
- When the first whistle blows, don't forget to join the Vital MC Community on our popular Live Match Thread in the Forums on match days.
Vital Manchester City is growing fast with now over 1,000 members and there's more to come - Be Here Now and join our worldwide community:
Best of Euro Vital
AC Milan - Kucka & Niang Suspensions Lengths Announced
Barca - Further delays to Enrique talks
Login to post a comment
Recent Manchester City Articles
(Video) Madness Of Mario Balotelli At Manchester City
For two-and-a-half years Mario Balotelli played for Manchester City, but in the end his tireless on and off the pitch antics drove then manager, Roberto Mancini insane.
Blues Caught on Camera At The Etihad Stadium
The Etihad Stadium, home to Manchester City Football Club has a current capacity of 55,097, the fourth largest stadium in the Premier League and the eight largest within...
Gunn Gets England U21 Call
Manchester City's young goalkeeper Angus Gunn has been called up by Gareth Southgate for England's upcoming Under 21 qualifier against Norway.
2016/17 Summer Transfer Deadline Tomorrow
The 2016/17 summer transfer window closes tomorrow - Wednesday August 31.