Fernando Gago has been one of those guys for Real Madrid that was affected by the big signings the club made this summer and the defensive midfielder, who had a plus ten assist season three years ago, was keen to move to a new club this transfer window. Manchester City seemed like the perfect fit where the Argentine could split some minutes with newly signed French midfielder Patrick Vieira. But the move over to Manchester will have to wait until this summer because of alleged unprepared contract offers on Manchester City’s side of the deal prior to the closing of the transfer window.
Apparently the Blues went into the whole negotiations laughably late. With less then an hour left to make a deal, Manchester City began to negotiate with Real Madrid for the midfielder. Gago’s agent Marcello Lombilla talked to radio station Onda Cero and voiced his displeasure with Manchester City’s tardiness:
City used us This has never happened to me before. I don’t want to talk about the figures that City were offering because they approached Madrid without even knowing there wasn’t physically enough time to put something together.
Real’s sporting director Jorge Valdano added this comment regarding Man City’s lack of professionalism:
They had nothing prepared, not even one document signed. They had not reached an agreement with the player and they would have had to have done everything in 40 minutes.
Man City manager Roberto Mancini admitted that the club’s first objective was to bring Kenyan midfielder McDonald Mariga in from Parma, but that deal fell through and Gago was considered the backup option.