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Bizarre Transfer Window Closes!

Bizarre Transfer Window Closes!

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

Writer:Johnny Baguette
Date:Friday February 1 2008
Time: 1:50AM


deeply upset, we have failed and are a laughter stock again. tear running down my cheek, really thought we had turned leaf, same old city....woeful
01/02/2008 04:06:00
Something went badly wrong last night Tommy and there is a need for clarification today from both sides before moving on. 12 months ago we were involved in last ditch bids to sign Mido and Andy O'Brien that thankfully fell through. I can only assume that the reason City ended up in a similar situation last night is because players had to be confirmed as leaving before final deals could be struck. Why else would nothing have happened for four weeks?! Answers please, City. Could have done with that extra firepower but if we get Bojinov and Sturridge right carefully, we'll be laughing at "Benjanigate."
Johnny Baguette
01/02/2008 04:49:00
Tommy dont beat your-self up! You would still accepted your current position if offered it before the season started. Sven like Martin O'Neill at Villa is building a team, not even you expect it to be done in one season. (tell me you dont)
01/02/2008 05:22:00
I am more upset at the our inability to organise things. I am not disappointed in losing Benjani agreed JB a lot of money for someone that old and I think a last minute panic buy and was not on my list of must buy players. I am pleased for Pompeycarpet who did not want Benji to leave and we all thought the deal hinged on Defoe going to Pompey,but just a thought 'Arry had to get the paperwork to the FA on time and we were told this was the case and they also said that City had done that too and it maybe that Pompey on the strength of that news said OK deal done and they ended up with Defoe and no money from us.
Buzz Lightyear
01/02/2008 06:55:00
The other thing that worried me was the fact that Pompey were willing to let Benjani go, now 'Arry is not stupid and I think we got out of this one not by good judgement but by incompetence which is nothing unusual for us.
Buzz Lightyear
01/02/2008 06:59:00
Why is not Caicedo available for Saturdays game anyone? I wish we had got another midfielder. Perhaps we will get Akram if the Home Office change their minds re the work permit.
Buzz Lightyear
01/02/2008 07:03:00
Just read in MUEN that Caicedo is not in the country and will not play Saturday, so how can we get a player signed and through a medical when he is not even in the UK and not do the same thing to someone who is.
Buzz Lightyear
01/02/2008 07:12:00
Cant believe what happened with the Benjani deal... rumours done here in Pompey are that he didn't wanna join and therefore got lost on the way to Eastlands (nothing against Citeh, but only last week he said he wanted to stay at Pompey until 2010 and then return to Africa) .. Umm something went wrong and not entirely sure it was Man Citys fault... we've now go Baros & Defoe & Benjani... and an overdraft of £9m...
01/02/2008 07:15:00
thanks very much buzz lightyear - i ma very much relevied. i agree with chix, the rumours are that he delibratly got lost on his way to man city, and that wouldnt surprise me. Good luck for the rest of the season, hope you can crack champions league, or uefa cup - just so long as we do too :P
01/02/2008 07:21:00
You can't believe just how delighted we are to hold on to Benji.....he's a big big favourite down here and we'd have been very gutted to see him go (even with Defoe coming in). To end up with both of them is fantastic....although Mr Gaydamak is sure to want to recoup some money in the summer.
01/02/2008 08:11:00
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