Barcelona To Start At £40m With New Money In At Arsenal
Someone, somewhere has to have the story of ‘Arsenal in crisis‘. Not many though since Cesc is old news, the panic button is now being pressed at Anfield and Stamford Bridge with Ashley Cole, Didier Drogba, Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard all apparently targets of new Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho. Wait, no, hold on, he has not been appointed yet so it’s just speculation.
George Graham has given an experienced manager’s view on whether to let Cesc go or not. Essentially, it is the former. No, actually it is, provided the fee is met:
If the boy definitely wants to go, then let him. Arsenal will still make a huge profit – just like they did with Nicolas Anelka.
Can’t argue with that and Graham went further:
It won’t be the end of Arsenal, not by any means. There is no one player who has ever run or will run Arsenal Football Club.
If Barcelona come up with the fee that Arsenal want, then there is no point keeping a player who doesn’t want to be there.
He then went onto argue that reserve football is not much of a threat because the owners want their £50k per week assets on the pitch producing the goods. It would not be much of a threat at Arsenal either since it is all hands to the pump with the injuries suffered in recent seasons.
In Spain, the mood of reporting has changed as Barcelona are to approach Arsenal this week, the initial offer improved from the public pronouncements of £30m to £40m with Barcelona hoping to include player(s) to reduce the cash outlay. Generously, the media report that it might even be a player they have out on loan. Ooooh, wonder who that could be?
Spanish journalists have even been reading the transfer gossip over here with Yoan Gorcuff identified as the ideal replacement. Signing him from Bordeaux should be a doddle, especially with the excellent relations between the clubs on the transfer front.
But a note of warning is issued. Barcelona will not mortgage their future for Cesc. And if Arsenal are not careful, they will pull out of any transfer negotiations just like they did with Bayern Munich over Franck Ribery last summer. So Mr Gazidis just take note of that because if you are not careful, we might end up like Bayern Munich, keeping our best player and in the Champions League final in 2011. And we wouldn’t want that, would we? Well, OK, we will forgo the bit about the brothel…
Lady Nina Bracewell-Smith has apparently fluttered her eyelashes towards Africa and up popped Mr Aliko Dangote who has apparently got £160m resting unused in carrier bags next to the washing machine and wants to use them to buy her shareholding. This is of course, the prelude to him buying the club. Or not as the price he is paying for the shares is considerably higher than that paid by the Grateful Dead and Stan Kroenke is recent times.
Which should be an interesting early test for any revamped Fit and Proper conditions that the Premier League lay down at their forthcoming AGM.