By Walter Broeckx
Our man on the spot.
Well another few hot days in Cataluña over here but that is not what you want to here, if you want to hear it.
But I have been doing the round of the sporting things they call sports news papers over here. Mind you I don’t buy them. No I just read them in the shop but I will not allow myself to even give those companies any eurocent (penny in your case) of my hard earned money. Money they can use to carry on in the way they are doing.
So I do buy myself a Belgian newspaper to keep the shop keeper happy. But no way I would spend money on As, Marca or any other Mundo Deportivo or what ever they are called.
In the Belgian newspaper there was an interesting article about Vertonghen who was saying that he hopes to join Vermaelen at Arsenal. But he thinks it could happen next summer as Ajax is not really are interested in letting him go. He would love to come to Arsenal and said that with the departure of Vermaelen he lost a very good friend at Ajax and a reunion at Arsenal would be great. Arsenal is following him but you know by now that Arsenal doesn’t buy you after one game.
But back to Cesc land and the stories they fill their pages with and make their headlines.
The newspapers have come out over here with the story that Arsenal and Barcelona have a secret agreement. Oh yes, they know it. The first thing that enters my mind is: how on earth can a newspaper know anything about a “SECRET” agreement? If they all seem to know it, you cannot talk about a secret agreement.
But the agreement should be that Arsenal sell Cesc to Barceloanus. Wow, I’m baffled and speechless. I couldn’t have made that up. Selling Cesc to Barceloanus in a secret deal. Lucky that the newspapers in Spain have pulled of the masks and now the agreement is no longer a secret.
Cesc will be flying to London on Thursday and then it all will be done. That is off course if Arsène Wenger is not being himself and being stubborn. Because Arsenal is stubborn according to the Spanish press in their attempt to hold on to Cesc. So lucky the doomers and gloomers have told us that Wenger is stubborn so we can feel relaxed now and be sure that Cesc will stay.
For today they ran out of stories it seems. So then they came up with the news that Cesc would get the number 4 in Barceloanus. The same number as his big example Guardiola had in the past. And the same number he has at Arsenal. I don’t know what they want to say by this bit it filled up a whole page with 2 pictures, one with Cesc and one with Guardiola both in the number 4 shirt. So I think this is all what it is in fact.
Oh yes and the fact that Barceloanus made a loss of some 77 million in the last season is maybe more important for us but in the Spanish newspapers it is just a very small headline or even page 2 or 3 news. But in some papers they talk about some total debt of 442 million euros. So how on earth are they going to find the 40 million for Cesc they are talking about which will be offered to Arsenal? Well I think that will be for next year’s debt figures. But it is amazing how low profile this news is being kept in the newspapers. It is mentioned but in very small print compared to the Cesc headlines anyway.
Well that’s about it for the moment and now I’m going to try to get some sun and try not to do an imitation of a boiled lobster. And be sure I will follow the papers over here and inform you if I get the time and a computer.
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