Despite Pique, I was still hoping we would sign Garay...there's still room for him if we get rid of useless Marquez. Garay will be Thuram's replacement as CB, and Pique will be Marquez's replacement as CB/DM.
Puyol-Milito with Garay-Pique as backups, and Pique can cover for Toure as well at DM. If we sign Keita, that'll make it 2 players away on African Cup duty every 2 years, so DM, or midfield cover in general, is essential.
I would not have a problem if we were also quoted 10m and still pulled out...in that case I would be angry at Txiki for not going through. What I want to know is why and how Madrid managed to get him at this price, esp. considering how $h!t they are at transfers, always overpaying.
And Pique, who's hardly ever played for you and had just 1 season in La Liga (even then not always starting), going for half the price of Garay, who's a starter for his team and proved himself brilliantly for 2 seasons, is more than fair IMO.