Morning people, so the season of summer madness has started. No sooner had I stated that Arsenal’s interest in Jovetic was low… rumours had surfaced on Twitter, via Italy, that the club had put in a €30m bid for him and his agent had been in London discussing a move.
If that’s the case , exciting times. I’d still be surprised for a number of reasons. The main one being that he’s not a striker in the truest sense of the word. He’s a forward or a false 9 to all those students of Zonal Marking. Maybe we have a development plan for him? The guy is clearly a million miles off anything we have up front, €30m Euros just seems a large sum to go straight in with when names like Rooney and Lewandowski had been discussed in the last few weeks. He scored 12 goals in 31 games last year… even with cash to burn, can you see our opening bid being the one Fiorentina have asked for? Most papers have us down at ‘baulking’ at the price tag.., Twitter has us with a bid accepted talking to agents in London. I simply love how many total nobodies online have a direct line into the power brokers of European footabll
‘Errr, Fali Ramadani, it’s me.’
‘Gooner_7990 from Twitter. I’ve got 2300 followers.’
‘Oh f*ck… so sorry, let me break away from this Abramovich meeting… so what’s up?’
‘Don’t mess around Fali, just give me the confidential f*cking lowdown on what’s going on with Jovetic so I can reinforce my celebrity this summer’
‘No problem, how many followers did you say?’
I’m also suspicious as this is an Italian rumour and we know Juve are in the mix. We’ll see though. I don’t know enough about the man to have a concrete opinion. Intent seems to be there regardless. Which is important. If this goes ahead, we’d have smashed our transfer record before the window even opens… that’d be a great opener to the summer.
However, I can’t help but think The Hig sounds a more appealing option. Mainly because we can write headlines with a play on words like ‘The Stig’ (from Top Gear). That’s be grand. It’d almost make up for losing JET and Tom Cruise in one season. Or never being able to write ‘Chamakhtrick hero’ or missing out on Ben Arfa ‘King Arfa has arrived’.
Sanogo joined up officially yesterday, the young Frenchman put pen to paper on a £25k deal. He’s excited to join the party and said he wanted to emulate his hero Diaby.
“I am pleased to be following in the footsteps of Abou Diaby who came through from Auxerre. There are many teams interested in me, but Arsenal is my choice.”
Someone clearly didn’t brief him on the French Arsenal heroes you’re supposed to mention. I mean come on, at least go with Bacary Sagna! Anyway, it’s all an irrelevance. He’s an educated punt and as a third choice, I’m not too fussed about his injury record or his lack of experience. If he’s poor, we’ll loan him out and his wages aren’t rich enough to merit an extended Almunia like stay. I hope we’ve scouted him beyond his goals this season.
In news from French fan site Le Phoceen, Marseille are apparently interested in bringing Gervinho back to France along with Diaby (I’ll believe that when I see it). That would be amazing. That’s two clubs interested in bringing Gervinho back. Maybe he’s like Diego Forlan… only magic in one country. Well, that’s what I’d be telling both French clubs. We picked him up for £8m, so if we can shift him on for anywhere near that price tag… we’ll have done extremely well. As for Diaby… give him to them. He’s a waste of time on our books for another year where he’d take £3m for doing precisely nothing bar put in about 6 promising games. It’s a shame he’s broken… but that’s sport and life… at least he’s been well compensated compared to others who can’t work because they’re broken.
Phil from Angry of Islington has put some clarification around the Gary Neville comments that dropped at the weekend. Eloquent Neville may be (eloquent compared to Shearer, not compared to a normal person), informed on the finances of Arsenal football club he ain’t… this blog is though, so if you’ve been confused by Neville read here.
Right, that’s all I’ve got for you this morning. Join me for more good time fun tomorrow. I might start reviewing the season? Not sure if that’s a bit boring thought. It was a sh*te season. It’d be like reviewing a Spurs highlights DVD.
Finally, check out this video of the Ox… pretty good fun.