By Tony Attwood
So what are the children chattering about today?
Well, the Telegraph, having run the story a day or two back that the Arsenal board were fed up with Mr Wenger have now dropped that one and instead gone with the fact that the transfer budget for this summer will be £50 million. The money to be spent on a central midfielder, with also a centre back and possibly a goalkeeper.
The story is obviously one set up so the paper can win both ways. If Mr Wenger doesn’t spend that much money they can run the incompetence stories, if he does they can say “as we predicted”.
They are also running tales of the cash reserves – which they put down as £138.8m so there is another story set up, without actually looking at the requirements Arsenal have to keep money in the bank as part of the security on the loans and bond deals set up in 2006 and the fact that the recent transfers probably have to be paid over time (as is the norm).
So the talk is again of Schneiderlin coming in with Flamini and Diaby leaving – Diaby tragically because of the enormous talent he had, wrecked by a maniac whose punishment was to miss three games. There’s obviously no concern over FFP regulations from Europe at Arsenal, since Arsenal easily quality as they make a profit, and the Premier League FFP seems to have died a death – it looks like the arguments of the high spending clubs have won, allowing them free reign.
This incidentally leaves the Premier League as the only top English league without FFP – Championship, League One and League Two all operate them, but the PL won’t even support the Championship gather in fines. I wonder why. Maybe the answer lies somewhere in the murky tales below…
The predictions made here turned out to be right about Liverpool. Liverpool did argue successfully that money spent by the club’s previous owners (the ones before Royal Bank of Scotland took it over) on “building a new stadium” could be knocked off the FFP calculations, even though not a single tuft of earth was dug. It has opened up a gap in FFP which others will exploit – although the ploy can only be used once per club.
But Liverpool’s new spending on their ground renovations will again count for FFP so they get the ground fees exemption twice.
Speaking of FFP I am really starting to wonder what Chelsea are playing at with their player sales – which is what is keeping them above the FFP watermark – and a strange loan policy that they have.
- 1. Tomas Kalas – Cologne (season-long)
- 2. Wallace – Vitesse (season-long)
- 3. Cristian Cuevas – CU de Chile (season-long with a view to a permanent)
- 4. Thorgan Hazard – Borussia Monchengladbach (season-long)
- 5. Bertrand Traore – Vitesse (season-long)
- 6. Mario Pasalic – Elche (season-long)
- 7. Lucas Piazon – Eintracht Frankfurt (season-long)
- 8. Ryan Bertrand – Southampton (season-long)
- 9. Gael Kakuta – Rayo Vallecano (season-long)
- 10. John Swift – Rotherham + Swindon (Robins season-long)
- 11. Oriol Romeu – Stuttgart (season-long)
- 12. Joao Rodriguez – Bastia (season-long)
- 13. Kenneth Omeruo – Middlesbrough (season-long)
- 14. Christian Atsu – Everton (season-long)
- 15. Stipe Perica – NAC Breda (season-long with a view to a permanent)
- 16. Victor Moses – Stoke (season-long)
- 17. Josh McEachran – Vitesse (season-long)
- 18. Marko Marin – Fiorentina (season-long)
- 19. Patrick Bamford – Middlesbrough (extended to season-long on Jan 1)
- 20. Fernando Torres – AC Milan (loan – sold)
- 21. Marco van Ginkel – AC Milan (season-long)
- 22. Nathaniel Chalobah – Burnley (six months)
- 23. Islam Feruz- OFI Crete (season-long, recalled)
- 24. Matej Delac – Arles Avignon (unspecified)
- 25. Ulises Davila – Tenerife (unspecified)
- 26. Jamal Blackman – Middlesbrough?
- 27. Todd Kane – Bristol City + Forest (Forest from Jan 8)
- 28. Alex Davey – Scunthorpe (season-long)
- 29. Alex Kiwomya – Barnsley (end of season from Jan 6)
- 30. Lewis Baker – Sheffield Wednesday (youth loan )
Now to be fair the Chelsea web site today only has 26 such players listed but even so, 26? What is going on?
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