by Tony Attwood
In an ideal democracy there would be some way of getting information untarnished and unmolested from the source to the populace.
It’s a dream of course, because the mere selecting of some information rather than other information corrupts the model. But it doesn’t stop people trying, and there is an amazing new story in the offing which, as the tripe laden journals put it “will have Arsenal fans gasping with amazement at the audacity of the move” or some such drivel.
To give a bit of background consider this rather modest piece, as an example…
Of course the problem is that with everyone pitching in with new wild semi-skimmed stories the newspapers are desperate to outdo the little bloggettas with their sites aimed at getting more click throughs than they should.
The Telegraph have tried a novel approach today using the same pic three times in one article to try and warp us in heading
Arsenal transfer news and rumours: ‘Karim Benzema’s cryptic Instagram message gets Gunners fans excited’
But it is Jose Mourinho who has finally found his real forte in making fools of all those funny little journalists who scamper around him groveling for bits of information.
The point with Mourinho is that he does like to have a laugh, and he doesn’t mind at whose expense. So he has been telling anyone who listens that Arsenal and others are trying to “buy the title” with transfer dealings.
It is a trait familiar to psychologists – a form of displacement in which you accuse others of doing the naughty habits that you have and secretly wish you hadn’t. And Mourinho is the biggest displacement sociopath that there is in football at the moment.
Under the heading ARSENAL so far this summer... they note as Arrivals, Petr Cech – £9.8m and as exits Lukas Podolski £1.75m giving a Profit/loss: -£8.05m
Now I am not sure if this is totally right since I think there is some sort of a fee involved in Jeff Adelaide, but we’ll take the numbers for now and let them proceed…
Summer and January window of 2014/15 season Arrivals
- Alexis Sánchez – £29.75m
- Calum Chambers – £14.16m
- Danny Welbeck – £14m
- Mathieu Debuchy – £10.5m
- Gabriel Paulista – £10.5m
- David Ospina – £2.8m
- Krystian Bielik – £2.1m
And the exeunt (which is actually the plural of exit when several players leave the stage at once, but don’t tell any journalists that or they might get worried).
- Thomas Vermaelen – £13.3m
- Johan Djourou – £1.96m
- Benik Afobe – £1.81m
- Ignasi Miquel – £1.3m
- Thomas Eisfeld – £1.05m
Then they work backwards…. but only including in the details players valued at over £1m. So you’ll find just one name in the next section, but then a total that is higher.
Summer and January window of 2013/14 season – Arrivals
- Mesut Ozil – £35m (an interestingly lower sum than that normally stated)
Summer and January window of 2013/14 season – Exaunt
- Gervinho – £5.6m
- Vito Mannone – £1.68m
Moving on: Summer and January window of 2012/13 season – Arrivals
- Santi Cazorla – £13.3m
- Olivier Giroud – £8.4m
- Lukas Podolski – £8.4m
- Nacho Monreal – £7m
Oh, “Exits” if you insist…
- Robin van Persie – £21.49m
- Alex Song – £13.3m
- Carlos Vela – £9.8m
Summer and January window of 2011/12 season – Arrivals
- Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – £9.66m
- Mikel Arteta – £8.4m
- Gervinho – £8.4m
- Per Mertesacker – £7.91m
- André Santos – £4.9m
- Chu-Young Park – £4.55m
Now I am getting a bit worried about some of these figures. The Park sum I am sure is over inflated – but maybe it all evens out in the end.
Summer and January window of 2011/12 season Exits
- Cesc Fabregas – £23.8m
- Samir Nasri – £19.25m
- Gael Clichy – £5.43m
- Emmanuel Eboue – £2.45m
TOTAL OVER LAST FIVE YEARS: -£92.54m
So there we are. Also an interesting note for the people who insist Wenger doesn’t spend enough. Just under £100m spent in five years, three of which were still part of austerity. Less than Chelsea, I think.
Now I am not going to reprint the whole buying and selling cycle for every club it is all in the Independent article, and you can look up each player if you wish but here are the totals in a bit of detail for Chelsea, and then after that just the overall five year figures…
So far this summer… Arrivals
- Asmir Begovic – £7.7m
- Nathan – £3.15m
- Total: £10.85m
- Petr Cech – £9.8m
- Thorgan Hazard – £5.6m
- Gael Kakuta – £4.2m
Total: £20.33m Profit/loss: +£9.48m
Summer and January window of 2014/15 season
- Arrivals Total: £96.39m
- Exits Total: £102.34m
- Profit/loss: +£5.95m
Summer and January window of 2013/14 season –
- Arrivals Total: £88.97m
- Exits Total: £56.3m
- Profit/loss: -£32.67m
Summer and January window of 2012/13 season –
- Arrivals Total: £75.39m
- Exits Total: £17.82m
- Profit/loss: -£57.57m
Summer and January window of 2011/12 season
- Arrivals Total: £72.7m
- Exits Total: £22.68m
- Profit/loss: -£50.02m
Chelsea: TOTAL OVER LAST FIVE YEARS: -£124.83m
As for Man Utd: TOTAL OVER LAST FIVE YEARS: -£287.16m
Next Man City: TOTAL OVER LAST FIVE YEARS: -£200.29m
And Liverpool: TOTAL OVER LAST FIVE YEARS: -£149.67m
And just to remind you from above, Arsenal: -£92.5m
So what we find is that Chelsea have the second lowest expenditure, but it is not a pittance. They have managed this, as we know, by having some extraordinarily high sale values on leaving players, and some clever (but perfectly legal under FFP) use of the revaluing system allowable when players get extended contracts. This was something Arsenal could not do with players like Fabregas, Nasri, RVP, Clichy who were not going to sign new contracts following pressure from Barcelona, Man C, Man U… Chelsea are also much deeper into the loan market than other clubs.
At the start of all this I said
So two things to do then: first find out if it is true (generally too much trouble for most newspapers) and then if not, ask what Mourinho is trying to hide.
We can see it is not true. But what is Mourinho trying to do? I think like most displacement sociopaths he craves attention at a distance. He wants to be the news manipulator.
I suspect also that he holds most journalists in about the same regard as I do. A journalist who manipulates the details to reflect the whims of his publisher is what we have had in British newspapers for 200 years, but a journalist who can’t be arsed to sort out the facts and just prints what anyone tells him – that is more of a post 1970s phenomena. Mourinho knows it and exploits it.
And just for once it is a newspaper that has caught him out. 1-0 to the Indepenent on this occasion and a bit splodge in the eye for Mourinho.
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