The world has gone mad. An 18 million pound transfer fee, four and a half times more than was paid for the player a couple of years ago for a player with one good year in the Premier League.
No, I'm not talking about Roque Santa Cruz, but Liverpool's move for Glen Johnson.
Absolutely insane. if you wanted Exhibit A as to why Rafa should not be allowed to run transfers at Liverpool then this is it. Ten million would have been over priced.
My concerns about RSC have been noted. Fit for an entire season then I think he's a fine addition to the team. I don't think he could crack the starting line up of United, Liverpool or Chelsea, but certainly I feel he is better than the current incumbents at Arsenal. Everton, Aston Villa and Tottenham.
More than anything RSC allows the team to play a different brand of football when playing away and if that gets the team 4 or 5 victories more a year then it is completely worth the investment.
Elsewhere I suspect the England U21's will regret letting Germany qualify for the semi finals of the tournament. An aggressive England could have enabled Spain to qualify and allow England a better chance of winning the competition. Would just be England, and Stuart Pearce's, luck for England to meet Germany in the final; and lose on penalties.
Real Madrid's Gabriel Heinze is being linked with Tottenham. I would be very interested to know what Hughes, the former Wales boss of course, thinks of Gareth Bale. He's a player I've always liked even as his form dipped the past couple of years. Might there be an opportunity to pick up a good young full back for a reasonable price who can become part of the long term plans for City moving forward?