Writer: Johnny Baguette
Date:Friday February 1 2008
The closure of the January Transfer Window 2008 will be remembered for the bizarre circumstances surrounding Benjani Mwaruwari's late arrival in Manchester...
No doubt all will be revealed, but City spokesman Mr. Tyrell told the club's official website 'Due to the late arrival of the player in Manchester we were unable to complete the transfer.'
Sky Sports, who were stationed outside Eastlands and at Fratton Park for the Defoe transfer from Spurs reported seeing Benjani arrive at City's stadium at 2310 GMT. I'm sure his agent can fill us all in on what happened later today...
In the meantime, the £5 million plus capture of Ecuadorian striker Felipe Caicedo, 19, from Swiss side FC Basel has been confirmed on a four-and-a-half-year contract. 17 year old Filippo Mancini, son of Sven's pal Roberto has also joined City from Inter Milan on loan.
As the transfer window slams shut, it's now clear that The Sven Revolution gathered pace this month albeit stealthily, mainly in one direction. But unfortunately he has not been able to bring in a proven top drawer striker. City have been media linked with an unprecedented 30 to 40 players these past few weeks and now begins the task of getting back to sorting out the team's direction with a now greatly reduced playing squad.
Sven has set about a serious offloading of the City squad's wages, generally in the modern mould of loans with a view to permanent signings. He obviously has a long term plan for the squad and this month's clearout is a strong indicator of what's to come.
The dramatic deadline day swoop for Benjani was one nobody predicted and would have been the first signing Sven made who was already tuned in to the rigours of Premier League football and the physical demands required.
Still, a rumoured fee of around £9 million would have been a hell of a lot to pay for a 30 year old striker.
And so to the transfer recap...
MCFC in the 2008 January Transfer Window:
Nery Castillo - Shakhtar Donetsk
Filippo Mancini - Inter Milan
Felipe Caicedo - FC Basel
£5 200, 000
Rolando Bianchi - Lazio
Ched Evans - Norwich City
Ishmael Miller - West Bromwich Albion
(permanent deal £900,000 up front)
Danny Mills - Derby County
(loan - understand returned injured)
Georgios Samaras - Glasgow Celtic
Paul Dickov - Blackpool
Ousmane Dabo - Lazio
(permanent - free)
Already out on season long loans:
Bernardo Corradi - Parma
Matthew Mills - Doncaster
Preferring to stick around for Manchester Bacon Butties as opposed to Istanbul Kebabs: Andreas Isaksson
Date:Friday February 1 2008
Exciting Season Ahead (Tuesday July 28 2015)
Hart Up For UEFA Award (Monday July 27 2015)
Pellegrini Confirms Jovetic Exit (Monday July 27 2015)
Friendly - Vietnam 1-8 City (Monday July 27 2015)
Pellegrini Reacts After MORE Guardiola Talk (Monday July 27 2015)
Delph Left Behind (Monday July 27 2015)
Jovetic Almost Done (Monday July 27 2015)
Pellegrini Talks Transfers (Saturday July 25 2015)
Madrid 4-1 City - International Champions Cup (Friday July 24 2015)
Extended Etihad Breaks The 40,000 Mark (Friday July 24 2015)
|7. Leicester City||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|9. Man City||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|10. Man Utd||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Hammers Interested in Turkish Based Striker?
» West Ham : 28/07/2015 18:24:00
|Hammers Rival Leicester for Midfielder
» West Ham : 28/07/2015 17:53:00
|Liverpool: Wisdom To Join Norwich On Loan
» Liverpool : 28/07/2015 17:51:00
|Bachmann moves to Ross County on loan
» Stoke : 28/07/2015 17:45:00
|An (Jose) ANGEL (Crespo) Descends On AVFC
» Aston Villa : 28/07/2015 17:21:01