This is a summary of where I believe we have got to as we approach to opening of the transfer window. I don’t claim much special knowledge – just a few friends on the inside and one or two remaining buddies in the world of journalism (who haven’t given up on me after my endless attacks on their current and my ex-trade).
Much still depends on the format we go to next season. Is it 4-4-2 or 4-3-3, and how often might we move to 4-5-1, or even 4-4-1-1.
Almunia. All quiet on the Almunian front, and he might be involved in some sort of exchange deal with another player.
Cesc Fábregas will be allowed to leave for Barca on two conditions. One is that Samir Nasri stays and two is that the offer gets closer to £40m.
Barca has a policy of selling young talent in order to raise desperately needed short term funding, and then offering to buy back the player as a star, with the gibberish talk of DNA. (Cesc, like you, me and the rest of the population has 98% the same DNA as a monkey.)
Sandro Rosell (El Presidente) actually said in a televised press conference that the club were saving money to buy players by banning colour photocopying at the Camp Nou. So presumably Fabregas will be paid for by Xerox just like Real Mad once paid for C Ronaldo by flogging shirts to Portugal.
He says, and I quote a decent translation, the club was seeking to avoid last year’s embarrassment when it failed to pay the players wages in June, “By being austere, hard and losing friends. We are suffering with it. We removed the catering events, our bodyguards. And we have even stopped making photocopies in colour at the club. Now we do black and white and save on toner.”
Nice place to go Cesc, don’t say we didn’t warn you.
The BBC story about someone unnamed at the club saying “we’ll have to sell him” is just a fantasy, and it is sad to see the BBC reduced to such levels because of cuts in its funding by the Coalition Government. I can understand the Conservative Party crippling the BBC – they see criticism of the government as the equivalence of being a traitor – but the Liberal Party ought to know better. Amusing to see that our young friends in the AAA enjoyed it though.
Clichy – seems to have gone quiet but there was that extraordinarily low Liverpool bid. Much depends on what happens with the shifting around of the defence, where Vermaelen plays, if Gibbs can stay fit, if Coquelin joins the first team and then where he plays, and what happens to Traore.
Denilson – no news at all and there is a feeling around his time has gone.
Rosicky – a sad recognition that he never regained his previous abilities after the year out with injury, so he has to move on.
Vela – this is a question mark. Some people are saying, obviously he’s out after a moderate showing on loan despite a good start to the season. But his agent is making big noises about him staying. Which is not what agents normally do – normally they tout their players as available.
Nicklas Bendtner – seems like the guys who sit behind me in block 99 will get there wish.
Those staying and those coming in…
Samir Nasri will stay if the contract offer is improved. The only problem with this is that it will make him better paid than Cesc, which is why the two players are linked.
Philip Nikodem Jagielka (born 17 August 1982 in Cheshire). Can play central midfield, central defence. Has even played in goal, but we are fairly flush with keepers – with Almunia gone I count five, including the new Argentine who was called up to their first team squad. I should also add my pal Ian is on holiday in Florida and bumped into Seaman’s brother there with his family. How about that!
Joined Everton in 2007 for £4m. England international at under-21, B team and full international level. Has had an anterior cruciate ligament injury and missed nearly a whole season. Played 428 games scored 26 goals.
Ricardo Gabriel Álvarez, plays for Vélez Sársfield in Argentina. The president of Palmero, Maurizio Zamparini, said recently “Alvarez has given us the slip and signed for Arsenal”, so it appears a deal may be close. Or maybe the Palmero boss made that up to keep his fans happy.
He played 15 games (13 as sub) during the Vélez 2010 campaign playing all across the midfield. With the Argentine season just ending he has played to date 44 games and scored 5 goals in last two seasons.
Incidentally I want to deviate into Argentine football for a moment, in case you have missed the story.
River Plate has been relegated for the first time in their 111 year history, with the final game abandoned as spectators smashed up bits of the stadium. They then turned on their own players, and did in the local area. The Guardian said, “Psychiatrists have been looking at the impact the club’s relegation might have on the nation as millions of depressed workers try to deal with taunts from rival fans. Demand for antidepressants has soared, they say.”
Timothy Filiga Cahill (born 6 December 1979) is an Australian international playing as an attacking midfielder or striker, and is the captain of Everton. He has scored more world cup goals than any other Oz. Made his 200th appearance for Everton last April and is on a four year contract with the club. Got injured last season playing for his country in the Aisa Cup and played under 10 games. He is the record holder for most headed goals in the Premier League (31).
Christopher Samba plays for Congo and Blackburn. Born in France he played for Rouen and CS Sedan, before a poor period with Hertha Berlin, and then moving to Blackburn for half a million pounds in January 2007. Plays in central defence but has turned up as a striker.
Signed a five-year contract in 2009, and this last season was captain until saying he wanted to go somewhere that played football rather than “park the team bus” (actually he may not have said that exactly, but it is something like that.) He then signed a one-year contract extension on 2 February 2011.
Eden Hazard plays with Gervinho, and I would refer you to Walter’s in depth article on the player. (Link below)
Hard to say exactly who will make it but the talk is generally of Jay Emmanuel Thomas, Francis Coquelin, Henri Lansbury, and most of all Emmanuel Frimpong. There’s always someone, but often it is a surprise just who it is. I would refer you to our regular pieces on this.
The list is eternal, and I have to do some work to earn some money so I am going to stop. But there’s Reina, Given, Enrique, Baines, Barton, Defoe… Add some more or give a nice summary of any of them. I’ll try and do another update later.
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