But such is the state of football in general and football journalism in particular, that the age of excitement for the signing of players has quickly escalated downwards. Ramsey was a big bit of new when signed aged 18. Then it was €6 million move to sign Argentine 16-year-old Maxi Romero. Now it is £10,000 to sign a primary school player from Luton.
Apparently Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester City tried to get him too, but we won. However we didn’t get 13-year-old Takefusa Kubo, who was one of the children caught up in the child trafficking scandal at Barcelona, and he has gone to FC Tokyo. But I am not clear how we were going to be able to sign him anyway – at least not without a close family member already living in London. Otherwise we’d be guilty of the same sort of thing that has made Barcelona so notorious.