First it was Kaka, now now it’s Samuel Eto’o who tells Manchester City to take its millions and shove it. Every since the 90s, it’s always taken a certain degree of soullessness or previous baggage in a free agent to go join the NY Mets, and now we’re finding its exactly the same with the Premier League’s equivalent club.
I still think City is going to have a very hard time getting the players its ownership fantasizes about without first qualifying for the Champions League. But here comes the terrible mobius strip that City find themselves trapped on – can they possibly catch the Big 4 without acquiring a few of those top-level players, who seem to refuse to go there right now?
For my part, I hope they don’t. Just as it was with Chelsea, there is a certain gracelessness that always seems to follow the uber-money purchase and subsequent spending spree that seems just as hollow in real life as it does on Championship Manager.