West Ham United, which was reported to have sold all its players but gave Gianfranco Zola the opportunity to keep his players. Portsmouth is said to be struggling financially and their managements are forced to sell their top players.
AIG’s shirt sponsorship of Manchester United is something that I am a little concerned about. AIG’s sponsorship of Manchester United should be halted, as the American parent company is now in government hands due to the Bush government’s bailout plan. I find it strange that United’s stars are being paid with huge amounts of cash by a company that almost collapsed and was saved from tax payers’ money. Although I don’t know the exact amount or terms of the contract, it is something that you should be able to recall. Although I don’t claim to be an insider in business, I am asking for help from AIG or Manchester United.
Manchester City, formerly owned by Thaksin Shinawatra, the former Thai Prime Minister, was sold to an Arab group Abu Dhabi United Group for Development and Investment. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan was named as the new owner. Its mission is to make Manchester City the largest epl live score club and finish in the top four for the current season. After Robinho’s request to join Chelsea, Real Madrid turned down Robinho’s offer to join them. They then signed Robinho from Real Madrid. This was their first shocking signing.
The Soccer team signed Wayne Bridge, a Chelsea leftback, for US$15million. They are now working to formalize the deal with Craig Bellamy, West Ham United’s striker for US$21 million. Mark Hughes also reached a deal for Nigel de Jong, a Dutch midfielder, with Bundesliga team Hamburg. Although the transfer fee has not been finalized, it was reported that Manchester City could be willing to pay up to US$27million for de Jong.
The transfer story of the year will be whether AC Milan’s Brazilian playmaker Kaka joins them. AC Milan offered more than US$150million for Kaka’s services and a record-breaking salary. Kaka’s father, also acting as agent for his son, is expected to visit Manchester City to continue negotiations in his son’s interest.