In the month of January 2009, City signed Nigel De Jong, Craig Bellamy, Wayne Bridge, and Shay Given during a busy winter for following up on the Robinho’s arrival previous summer. The targets at first were a little pretentious. The then-executive Garry Cook stated that they were not under anybody and they knew what they have to do, some weeks before the deadline. He also said that refused to negotiate for 3 different players as they felt that their demand has been absurd from both the club and the players. Apart from kaka, all, including Thierry Henry, Gianluigi Buffon, and David Villa were questioned. He was the real jewel in the proposed crown indeed. Claims were made by BBC that a bid of £100m was lodged that will only be complete with a weekly wage of £500,000. But the urge to play under Mark Hughes was not enough for him. Kaka, admitted, for his part, that the most important thing that separated him and City was his words and nothing else.
David Beckham enjoyed one of the finest campaigns of his promising career. He guided Manchester United to get their second consecutive Champions League and Premier League semi-final title and as well. The 22year old who was declared as the PFA Young Player of the Year became an established member of the first team made by Alex Ferguson.
Cristiano always wanted to play for the biggest club in the world and so Manchester United tried their hands on getting him into the club as well. Well before he joined this club, Real Madrid had an estimation of $160m for him. But the actual cost would be much higher for a player like him. After some time, talks were done with him and Ronaldo Joined the club for £150m in the year.