The January transfer window always turns out to be a hectic time for all clubs, whether they are interested in purchasing players or having to fend off teams in able to keep their stars. The cash-strapped teams in the major leagues are always in for a tough ride in January, while wanting to keep their best players from bigger teams, especially with little time to find a suitable replacement.

Usually, the smaller team, in this case Blackburn Rovers have to sell up after receiving a massive offer from those with almost unlimited transfer budgets. When Manchester City inquired about the availability of Paraguayan Santa Cruz earlier in the month, they were expecting Blackburn to give in pretty quickly, take the money and run as per usual. However, with the arrival of new manager Sam Allardyce, a boss keen to steady the ship at Ewood Park, he was not having any of it. Finally, a smaller club holding firm against one with money to chuck away like no tomorrow.

They slapped a £40 Million price tag on the twenty seven year old forward, an unrealistic transfer fee for a player of his quality with Zidane only moving a few years earlier for £10 Million more to Real Madrid. The Blackburn board, very much in need of new investment, decided to back their manager and went along with the price tag.

Despite reported £25 Million bids coming from Eastlands on the last day of the transfer window, Blackburn resisted and rejected the bid. This was very much to the surprise of Manchester City and many other premiership pundits and supporters, that despite the amazing amount of money they had on offer, they kept true to their word. Blackburn had successfully stood up against the rampant Manchester City, held firm and Mark Hughes’ side had to put an end to their campaign because of the resilience of Blackburn.

It is said, after loaning out Derbyshire a few days earlier, that they thought Santa Cruz was a vital part of their team and hope for survival. Furthermore, the price that they would pay from going down to the Championship would be around £40 Million, and they were not prepared to risk losing their number one striker who would help them survive in the top league.


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