Cesc And Nasri – Tapping Up Is Easy To Do
This week sees the reported deadline given to Barcelona pass. If by the weekend, they have not met Arsenal’s asking price then there is no deal for the services of Cesc Fábregas. This quiet Monday feels like the calm before the storm, pressure growing in the media over the coming days until the saga ends, one way or another.
The futures of Cesc and Nasri are entwined. It is inconceivable that both will leave this summer. If one is to go, I think it will be Nasri for I do not believe that Barcelona will come up with the money needed to sign Cesc. They have made clear this summer that their priorities lie elsewhere. They have made clear this summer that theirs is a limited transfer pot, unlike previous seasons. Reports this morning underline the relative poverty, suggesting the first payment on Alexis Sanchez’s transfer fee is not being made until 2012.
Add this to their laughable attempts to reduce the fee for Cesc by including deals for Bellerin and Toral, their financial picture feels complete.
Crucial for Barcelona this summer was to re-emphasize to Cesc that he is wanted by them. This prevents his signature on a Madrid or Milanese contract. Even though the player has made it clear he wants to return home, if he left Arsenal for another club, his services would be stratospheric in cost for the Catalans in the future.
Next year, the fee will be no different but the appetite for Cesc’s services might have improved amongst their support which seems split. Xavi will be 33 in 2012/13 season, old for a footballer at a top club. Cesc will be the star signing of that summer, a perception easier to manipulate as a seemless transition between generations. Especially at a fee of £40m.
The Arsenal management need some work on their transfer activities – “It’s not the number of players, it’s the quality“, according to the manager – with false dawns becoming the norm. However over Cesc and Nasri, they are playing it absolutely correctly. No-one should be surprised, the hardline taken now is an extension of those taken with Vieira and Henry.
How the Catalans have conducted themselves is debatable. Arsène is under no illusions that they and representatives of the Mancunian clubs have transgressed. Asked about tapping up and specifically relating to Nasri, he replied,
What do you think? It is a rule that has to be reviewed. It doesn’t necessarily go through the player or the agent but I think it is a rule that has to be reviewed. It’s not really respected
It is a grey area but ultimately Fifa statutes are definitive about the fact that tapping up only occurs with complicity from the player or agent.
Nasri’s head appears to have been turned by money on offer elsewhere, that can only have happened as a result of tapping up. He is not free to talk to other clubs, neither are his representatives. Likewise Cesc and his agents. Yet they appear to have done so. Proving it is an altogether different matter which is why Arsenal do not complain to the authorities about this. Let us not forget that the Ashley Cole affair only came to light as a result of a newspaper investigation, not because Arsenal complained.
Not that there is much point, as Fifa do not really know what they are doing.
I do think we get confused about tapping up. Much of the media talk is softening up. Players, such as Evra, spouting off is hardly going to persuade someone to sign for Manchester United. It does however make the prospect more appealing, knowing that publicly at least, the players are open to the newcomer’s arrival.
Equally, Wenger could be open to accusations of tapping up. Asked about Hazard and other players in recent seasons, the manager has responded positively about them without committing to any current or future offer.
In the current climate, we like to think of Arsenal as pure but there is little reason to believe that Arsenal do not circumvent the rules like everyone else. It is just that the club is more discreet than others. We, supporters, need to distinguish between the genuine tapping up and media whoring. All too often it is the latter which raises the collective blood pressure.
Posted on July 25, 2011, in Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Premiership, Soccer, Transfer Gossip and tagged Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Soccer, Transfer Gossip. Bookmark the permalink. 260 Comments.