So no real news on anything this morning. What I said in the morning hit the rest of the web later on, then found itself twisted, contorted and by the evening it was something totally different. I think all you need to know is Sanchez is a target, he wants in at Arsenal all that is left if for the club to agree a deal with Barca… which always comes with snags because they’re all about self interest.
Seems like they’re accepting now that Suarez will cost them £70m cash and that’s the hot rumour doing the rounds there.
What I do find interesting is that you now agree terms with the player before you speak to the club about a price. Hence the power of agent talk in the press. Quite often agents hawk clubs because the clubs don’t do it. You’re told to find a new club and that’s what your agent does. Sanchez was told he was surplus, we’ve spoken to his agent over the last 3 weeks, I suspect we’ve spoken to the player this week as he’s now out of the World Cup, now it’s all about hoping Dick Law and Arsene Wenger don’t conspire to royally mess the deal up.
… because let’s be honest, we’re kings of the failed number one target. Higuain, Mata and Suarez. However, it has to be noted that Dick Law is master of South America, he landed Gilberto for us, he speaks all the languages and he’s based in the Southern States in the US (easy access to the South Americas). I feel more confident of us landing South American targets than European ones.
Sanchez is realistic, we have better players at Arsenal now which makes us more attractive and I think he’ll look at the potential we have over anything. We’re like a goal creation machine… we just need a hero to finish them off!
Sanchez my friends, is that hero…
… but, as with anything, don’t piss your pants and throw angry words at me if it goes wrong. Buying players is like buying expensive houses in London, there’s always a rich Arab waiting to snatch your dream away from you.
LEAVE IT SHEIKH MAKTOUM, yeah? Just fucking leave it…
One player clawing at he chance to join arsenal is Porto speed demon Jackson Martinez. I know he’s based in Portugal and he’d be a risk, but I think he’s a very good player. Pace and power and a brilliant finish. Add him to our front line and you’ve get a pretty exceptional chance of out scoring most teams next season.
“My agent is taking care of my future, right now I’m at the World Cup and only after the World Cup I’ll evaluate proposals.
“As a child I cheered for Arsenal, they play a game that suits me. If I had the occasion to play there, I would say yes.”
… and he’s an Arsenal fan? Could be magic. I love Colombia, mainly because I can spell it, and I love their players. Which leads me to believe we need some of that Colombian spirit in the Arsenal dressing room. Mix up the nations a bit, mix the German grit, with the French sexiness with the South American flair… and we’re rolling!
Also, whilst we’re at it… here’s a flipping great transfer strategy. COPY PORTO. They have the BEST scouting network in the world bar none. Do they ever signs a dud? Even when they do, they flog them for £20m. Who is their chief scout?
I can’t find him… he’s not on LinkedIn, he might not even exist. This excerpt from France Football is interesting. Porto general director Antonio Henrique had this to say on their success…
“Porto’s success rests on three assumptions: recruitment, development and yield,”
“Recruitment links with scouting, development is linked with training and productivity is linked with the performance of the player in the first team.
“Most players are young when they come to our club and end up being in training permanently.”
“We work with 250 scouts around the world in countries that make sense for football, because we will not send anyone to Bangladesh.
“We have internal and external scouts, which are divided into several levels of observation, which allows a player to be viewed by several people.
“They work with a shadow team, which is a set of players who are identified from various leagues, who are capable of being hired by Porto.”
That is interesting. What’s our approach? How do we integrate all elements? Could we learn from Porto, because they churn out so much exceptional talent it makes you wonder why we’re not looking to shake up our outrageously inconsistent scouting department as well as the fitness guys.
So below we have a pretty good leak of the two away kits. My Gooner pal at work thinks the blue kit is a bit grim… I think it’s quite nice, however, it has to be said, I liked the purple kit last year.
I think we can all agree though, the yellow kit is pretty special. I LOVE the hooped socks. They look super smart.
On a marketing front, you have to say that the Puma leaks are quite embarrassing. Well, they’re quite emabarrassing, or very smart… let the people do the kit launch and build the hype?
Seems a bit pointless, I’d have thought the brand would want to own the launch in its entirety? (Kits from https://twitter.com/MKthegooner)
Right, that’s me done. Remember, doing the Wenger in your office in front of everyone is the right thing to do… send your pictures to my Twitter account if you can get a snap before you’re thrown out the building by HR.