Morning everyone, it’s got to that point in the summer when things start to get painful. We’ve had the money chat, we’ve had the ambition chat and we’ve been told the manager is on board with being a bit more ambitious. So this morning when you hit the papers to read that we’re interested in taking Fellaini to Arsenal… the player would quite like a move… but the club don’t fancy the release clause of £24m… you facepalm, thinking back to the last release clause debacle that was Juan Mata 2 years ago.
The spin on the story is that no one else is interested so we’re going to play hard ball. This has ‘late move from Chelsea’ written all over it. We should just try and get a deal done as quickly as possible to avoid disappointment. Release clauses are there for that exact purpose. So you don’t have to negotiate. Fellaini is a £24m player. Simple as that. He’s young, has residual value, a huge amount of experience and just about every missing ingredient our midfield needs.
If Arsenal genuinely have an interest, Dick Law should just make it happen. No one is going to pat him on the back for saving £3m on a deal. Everyone will go crazy if we’re outbid in three weeks.
‘We can’t compete’ won’t cut it this year.
Hey, that’s to say we’re even interested. Though the smoke is there. Marcotti said we’ve registered an interest. Simple market truths would suggest that a player who cost £15m when you bought them who then succeeds over 5 odd seasons, probably appreciates in value by £8m.
Nik B has agreed to talk to 5 clubs about a move away, he’s lowered his expectations and he’s stated what I’d hoped he would… that playing is important.
“Arsenal have agreed with five clubs so now it is up to me to make a choice.
“I will make that choice within the next 14 days. They are all good clubs. It is a hugely important choice I’m faced with.
“I must go where I am wanted. As a footballer, there is only one thing that can make you happy: playing time.”
Good for you Nik, my faith is restored in your world class talent. The good news is that’s another £52k off the wage bill.
£247k a week there people… not to mention the savings we’ll make in performance related bonuses. No wait? Players we need to shift now are Fabianski, Gervinho, Chamakh and JD. Then we’re pretty much done.
In European news, Lio Messi has been caught up in a tax fraud case. The prosecutors reckon he owes £4m to them. The player has denied any wrong doing, as he would. The alleged crime could mean jail sentence. He should move over here, he could do a Vodafone deal… the government would just write it off.
Yeah, I went there people.
I’ve also scoured the web for updates on Theo’s sandwich, as far as I can tell, he ate it, but left the side portion of ready salted crisps. A weak showing…
Finally, the story you’ve all been waiting for… we’re tracking Guingamp midfielder Gilbert Imbula. Oh yes. The standard ‘we’ve been tracking him for months’ intro into his introduction… mixed in with good prospect. The price? £8m! Now, I’m no expert in valuation, but that seems like a pretty big fee for a ‘who’ player. Funny that we’re so focused on recruiting for the u21s when it’s the big boys that need bolstering. There you go, the Arsenal way…
Arsene needs to stop messing around and Ivan needs to take charge and just buy the players he wants, rather than allowing him to define the value.
Right, I’m done.