Many an eyebrow is being raised in Manchester today as news has emerged that England player Owen Hargreaves has indeed made the switch across town from United to play for City.
But it's not that such a move is new; Denis Law and others have made the swich from Red to Blue in the past, despite the fierce rivalry between the 2 clubs. No, it's the nature of the deal which is causing so much surprise.
To reflect the player's injury ravaged state, City will only pay the former Bayern Munich midfielder if he trains. Strangely, actually playing in City's 1st team, especially now that they have signed another 36 players in the last few days, lifting their squad size to a Premier League record of 75, does not seem to be part of the new arrangement.
A spokesman at City denied rumours that they have so much money that they have resorted to such a strange arrangement. 'We think Owen has a lot to offer on the training ground. We watched his Youtube video and were very impressed. We really liked the way he warmed down'.
Behind the scenes at The City of Manchester - Eastlands - Etihad Arena (or whatever it's called!), there have been reports that City will be creating a Film and TV Production company based on what Hargreaves did to help players create the perfect sales video to promote themselves if their contracts expire. Apparently, Hargreaves move to the club will ultimately see him as the new CEO of the new venture.
The film company is just one of a number of new revenue stream opportunities which City are persuing including selling Falafels outside football grounds across the country. Hargreaves is understood to be keen to apply to Dragon's Den in order to seek additional funding and exposure for the Youtube based film company idea.
Seeing as City have made him an offer, maybe he'll get another one from Hilary Devey, the programme's new dragon, long time Trotters fan and some allege, the brains behind the sports science approach to management used by such disciples as former Trotter himself, Sam Allardyce?