What’s up my darlings? You good? I hope you are. Fat? I hope you are.
The Premier League looks to be edging closer to a restart. The Government said LIVE sport could resume behind closed doors from June 1st.
Finally a decision.
Clubs are also close to agreeing to scrap the idea of neutral grounds. Should work for Arsenal players, they’re used to playing in silence lolololool still got the heat in these HILARIOUS fingertips.
Danny Rose is NOT happy about this. He said, ‘fuck the nation’s morale.’ How dare he. Just kidding, he can think what he likes. It’s a tough one, because really, it’s not about the nation’s morale, it’s about the survival of a game that pays him £15.6m over 5 years.
It’s down to the players though. It’s their decision. Just as it’s the decision of a builder as to whether they want to go back to work (reckon most builders I know would risk Ebola to get out of the house atm). There will certainly be players that decide against returning, the big question is what the clubs do in that case?
I would hope clubs are respectful of players that don’t want to risk it… that said, would you be surprised if clubs used it as an excuse to terminate rebels contracts? I wouldn’t.
Arturo Fernandes, Portuguese rep of Portuguese agents reckons transfers will change dramatically (BBC).
“The clubs with bigger finances can do whatever they want but they will go very low (with fees) because they know everybody is in crisis,”
“I believe this market will bring us swaps, loans and small transfers, and that there’ll be more inside the same country because we’ll be unable to know if everybody can travel.
“The UK, France and Spain will look inside mostly because it makes things easier for the players, their families, even for the agents, to travel around. Imagine if I bring one player to PSG and the same day I need to come back to London or Portugal and they obligate me to stay in quarantine.”
That sort of chat is exactly why I think it is an absolute nonsense that Arsenal are close to signing Thomas Partey. Firstly, we don’t know if the season will finish. Secondly, we have no money. Thirdly, why would Arsenal, a club with very little money, be negotiating the top rate of his buyout when they might be able to pick him up for cheaper.
So much is up in the air, but one this is clear, the big clubs, the managers and the agents are all saying the same things… the market will be vastly different this summer. I can’t wait. I feel like this is a levelling of the playing field for Arsenal in a weird way. Fernandes added more weight to that view.
“I remember the fantastic Espanyol of Mauricio Pochettino and young players like Jose Callejon. I remember the fantastic team of Sporting Lisbon with Paulo Bento as coach, and players like Joao Moutinho and Miguel Veloso.
“Why? Because they were in big crises with money so gave the opportunity to cheaper players, the young players from the academy. It would be great for these players and for the clubs because they will find, in three or four years, that their biggest profit will come from these boys.”
Arsenal has a lot of very exciting kids coming through the ranks. We’ll have more of an excuse to shift players off the books for less money. Players like Mesut Ozil might seek out the security of longer deals on lower wages because who knows where the game is going.
I also think we’ll go into overdrive to sell ourselves as the best place for young kids.
‘This Arteta chap turned Mustafi into a modern-day Baresi’
Young kids want playing time, elite coaching, and London. We have all those things. Could be very exciting for us if Edu and Raul can resist the looky-looky agents that’ll be flogging their fine Italian wares as soon as it’s acceptable.
Flamengo’s Brazilian Gerson has been linked, his dad had this to say.
“Nobody knew about Arsenal, but now that I’m telling you, everyone will know,”
Pablo Mari for the win! We do need a number 8. This guy has a powerful engine, but my oh my, does he like that left foot. Struggle to see Arsenal signing a central midfielder that one-footed. We’ll see.
Have a great day!