On Fox Soccer Report early this morning (a rerun from last evening's broadcast), they ended the show with a report that a contingent from Manchester City, led by chief executive Garry Cook, were in Milan last night to offer a bid of £100 million for AC Milan midfielder Kaka', plus personal wages of £250,000 weekly to join City. This bid by City would have broken the world record for highest transfer fee, which currently is the £48 million that Real Madrid paid to get Zinedine Zidane from Juventus in 2001. However, ESPN Soccernet is now reporting that Kaka' has rejected City's bid, saying he wants "to grow old at Milan." Kaka's spokesman, Diogo Kotscho, also indicated that Kaka' would only leave Milan for "a strong side," something that apparently Kaka' does not believe is present at Manchester City.
So far, the new Manchester City under the leadership group from Abu Dhabi has not fared well in the transfer market, besides the shock signing of Robinho for the Premiership record of £32 million on the last day of the 2008 summer transfer window and the signing of Wayne Bridge earlier in the month from Chelsea. There are also rumors that summer signing Jô and fellow Brazilian Elano could be both gone by the end of the January transfer window. Whatever happens, it seems that so far, money has not been able to cure the problems that Man City has had on the pitch thus far this season.