Santa Cruz to City as Premier League dump Setanta

June 19, 2009 | Filed Under: Blog 
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Blackburn striker Santa Cruz is set to be reunited with mark hughes in a 18 million pound deal from blackburn to manchester city.It is understood a fee has been agreed with city but personal terms will need to be sorted out before a transfer can be finalised.

City are looking to strengthen their squad considerably before the start of the 2008/9 campaign to enable them to compete with the top 4 clubs and push for a champions league place.

Roque Santa Cruz gives his reaction after completing his move to Manchester City from Blackburn.Interview here

Defender Thomas Vermaelen has also completed his move to Arsenal from Ajax for an undisclosed fee

“Thomas is a great signing for Arsenal Football Club, and we are all delighted that he is joining us,” Wenger told the club’s official website

Also today screen giants Setanta get there contract pulled after the broadcaster failed to make a scheduled payment before Friday’s deadline today.
Setanta had been warned earlier this week that the league would sell off their 46 live matches for next season to the highest bidder if they did not make the £30m payment.

A statement read: “The license has been terminated with immediate effect.”

The FA are “awaiting developments” after the Premier League terminated their contract with Setanta.

The FA have a deal with the Irish broadcaster to screen England away internationals and the FA Cup and could be forced to offer them elsewhere if the company enters administration.

BSkyB and ESPN are the front-runners to buy rights to 23 games each.

Meanwhile the Scottish Premier League (SPL) has taken back its UK rights for 2009/10 “and beyond” after the Irish broadcaster missed a £3m payment.

FA chief executive Ian Watmore said: “We’re confident in the attractiveness of our broadcast rights going forward.So is this the end of des remember this?wait a minute was that the auz bird from big brother? anyway hope we all get our money back 🙂

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