Kaka to Chelsea?; a noticable lack of outrage.

The undoubted story of the transfer window prior to this was our very public and ultimately unsuccessful pursuit of Milan's overrated, god-bothering, Brazilian international, Kaka. The media spunkfest was enough to drive most people mental, and it would probably be fair to say that we came out of it looking at least a little green due to a combination of our chief executive's naivety in dealing with more hands-on football affairs, the figures involved, and the ultimate knockback; seemingly a combination of the player's reluctance to leave after being more-or-less holed up indoors, and a very deliberate case of smoke and mirrors from podgy billionaire ladiesman and A.C big cheese, Sil Berlusconi.

Whatever the reasons for that move collapsing, and however much i agree that the finances which would've been involved were preposterous, the whole affair seemed to morph into some extraordinary 'good versus evil' debate; us, with our new owners backing, killing the soul of the national game in one fell swoop, Kaka, who must've expressed at least a passing interest in the move for us to go through such rigmarole, the last pure heart in football, single-handedly standing up for the purists, spurning the advances of the oilmen, and eventually declaring it 'not about the money' (whilst taking home his £100k a week wages, admittedly).

It comes with a certain surprise then that Abramovich's reported move to snare the player from the grasp of the returning Perez's Madrid is generally considered a positive thing. The fee's said to be slightly reduced, admittedly, £74m instead of the £91m we were alleged to have agreed. The wages, similarly eight-figure salaries (no-one really believed we'd have offered him £500k a week after tax, did they?), the player still saving face by feeding the press tales of his desire to stay in Milan whilst no doubt in regular contact with his agent father regards the terms of his all-singing, all-dancing new contract elsewhere.

The outrage regards the prospect of our botched move for him then appears to have been solely based on who he was potentially joining and not the figures involved at all. One billionaire foreign owner bankrolling a £100m+ move for a single footballer is okay, because they play a few games a season in some tinpot European competition which in itself is a bit of a love-in designed to keep the big clubs big. Us doing it, though, was 'obscene', 'an outrage', 'ridiculous', and most laughably 'an insult to every person struggling to make ends meet in the apparent recession', our crime, being a bit more rubbish than them for a few years.

The rule then, seemingly, is that a select few clubs are allowed to piss away unimaginable amounts of money on players, whilst others, who without massive improvement have very little chance of catching them, should stick to what they know, bring in a few donkeys, play the kids, not act above their station. As much as i don't think we need Kaka, and as much as i know he's not worth anywhere near the amounts being bandied about, i hope we whack a cheeky bid in, keep going, force their hands, because as much as football really shouldn't be a willy-waving contest for people with mass wealth, a certain few have been bullying their way around the transfer market for years, and the double standards involved when someone who's not from the big table tries it are humorous to say the least, even retarded.

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