'I have heard about the big project at City and I'm flattered by their interest. The Premier League is a big league and I am interested in the challenge. It is complicated leaving Villarreal because I am excited by the season and we are still involved in the league and the Champions League. It would take an enormous proposition by City for me to leave but it is not impossible.'Senna, 32, is the man who, according to the Mail's sources (he was mentioned by Lee Clayton a few days ago), has replaced Lassana Diarra as Hughes' pick to reinforce our midfield. He is Villareal captain, a regular for the Spanish national side - he was in the Euro 2008 Team of the Tournament - and one of the best and most experienced around. Top level Champions League and La Liga experience and a European Championship medal don't come cheap.
The problem, though, is that Senna is not actually Spanish. He's a Brazilian who plays for Spain. In fact, he is from the city of São Paulo - which makes him both a paulista - like Elano, Jô, Robinho and Glauber (hailing from São Paulo state), but also a paulistano - like Jô, from the city itself. Isn't one of Hughes' main priorities breaking up the insular Brazilian clique?
Finally, this isn't what we're buying Senna for but it's still pretty cool. He did it in April 2008 against Betis.