Guillem Balague, who seems to be well plugged in to the network of serious football gossip, was talking about The Big Name Buy on The Game podcast this morning. After going into the rationale for it (reasons with which we are all familiar), he claimed that Thaksin has allocated Sven £30million to be spent on any one player.
He then discussed which players SGE is actually looking at, saying that he's not interested in David Beckham, or Thierry Henry but in: Diego Milito, Karim Benzema or Dimitar Berbatov. We were apparently very close with Milito in January (again, according to Balague) but he pulled out just before signing. He seems like the most likely purchase. But as good as any of those would be, I fear that we will not be the most attractive offer these players hear this summer.