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“I said ‘how much?’ And they said ‘thirty five million Euros’ and I said, ‘No, forty million!’ and they just said: ‘Okay!'” said Man City officials

Today’s January deadline day will be much more serene than the time they bid for Lionel Messi in the frantic hours after they were taken over in 2008.

Manager at the time Mark Hughes says that while he and his staff were on the golf course,

So frenzied were the bids for a marquee signing that when one club director remarked to a colleague about how messy the situation was it was misinterpreted as an instruction to sign the Barcelona forward and a bid was duly sent off and rejected.

Man City starting to build new gems

Dimitar Berbatov and Franck Ribery were also considered before an incredulous Real Madrid president picked up the phone on the evening of a momentous day for football on September 1, 2008 and could not believe his luck.

“It’s funny to recall. I got a phone call after 8pm on the final night of the market and was told that somebody from Man City wanted to buy Robinho,”

Ramon Calderon told The Big Interview with Graham Hunter.

“I said ‘how much?’ And they said ’35 million Euros’ and I said, ‘No, 40 million!’ and they just said: ‘Okay!'”

“Just like that, no discussion. Immediately I saw an opportunity and said:

‘But what about the solidarity payment of 5 per cent on top and they said: ‘Okay’ again!

“Now I’m no entrepreneur but I knew I was representing my club, Madrid, and so I said: ‘Cash?’ This time they said: ‘Of course!’ It wasn’t the normal thing to do, you pay in instalments.”

The move stunned the whole of football, and quite possibly Robinho himself as he made an embarrassing slip of the tongue soon after the move

And expressed his delight at having accepted Chelsea’s proposal

The west London club who had won two of the previous four Premier League titles

And were expect by everyone to sign the Brazilian forward.

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