Yeh but 500k is a lot less than 5M a year as you were suggesting in your example.Kaka certainly earns very good money at Milan and may yet still move for more.
Of course i want the likes of Torres ahead of Robinho but let's be realistic..if you're talking about 20M over four years a lot of top players will not pick us when they might be earning 5M a year more elsewhere.Nice thought but it's unrealistic.This is mega money and it is a factor.
i've been doing a lot of research on the money being a factor for rich people, and generally speaking if they've got enough then it isn't a factor and other things become a big factor (such as likelihood of winning, lifestyle, climate of city). unless they have a humongous ego and they must be the highest paid player in the world (and bearing in mind only one can be this) then money will be a factor.
i can't for the life of me imagine one of the big world superstars (by this i mean ronaldo, messi, kaka, gerrard, rooney, ronaldinho, nando, henry) will go to a club like man city where they are likely to be fighting it out for 4th whilst collecting a huge wage over a 'big 4' club where CL football is all but guaranteed - in fact when abramovich first went to chelsea they made bids for the likes of nesta, henry, shevchenko etc but did they come then - no, they had to settle for guys like duff, joe cole, veron - the only two who could be argued to be in the world superstar bracket were crespo and makelele, but makelele was hideously underpaid at madrid.
however, i can see a second-tier star (guys like diego, lucho gonzalez, huntelaar etc) going somewhere like man city though, as they don't quite have the financial security of an henry or a kaka and they may be more attracted to building up a great team pretty much from the ground up and be an integral part of that rather than being another guy at somewhere like man united or barca
If DIC did come in who here believes Benitez is the man to spend all the money?
yes - his record for signing £10m plus players is pretty good