It just goes to show, it can happen to the best of us. Roman Abramovich is not a man who is likely to be best pleased at not getting his own way. The Russian is likely to be a little embarrassed at failing to land Robinho, not only because his oil money was outbid but also because Chelsea were so convinced that they had got their man.
The Chelsea owner must now be worrying exactly how deep he is going to have to dig into those pockets to continue to attract the greediest players to Stamford Bridge. As for the clubs without a billionaire tycoon pulling the strings, get one ASAP. They are this season’s must have accessory.