Well, yesterday was quite a spectacular one in terms of mega news.
Lio Messi exits Barca, he’ll end up at Paris, because the Spaniards realised that paying someone £65m a year post-pandy was probably not a good idea if you’re basically bankrupt.
It’s incredible that Barcelona mostly wasted the opportunity that Messi gave them. How can you have the worlds most iconic sporting asset and end the relationship broke? They didn’t think about how they were building the team out, they didn’t control costs, and now they are about to head into a dark period where they try and unfuck everything that has gone wrong for them. The Darkside of fan ownership in full flow over there.
Pochettino has gone from begging Daniel Levy to take him back so he could take care of their broken squad, to rolling into next season with Mbappe, Neymar, and Messi in his attacking starting 11. It’s going to be amazing to see them choke the Champions League final next season.
The news didn’t stop throwing up gifts. Real Madrid, leaders of the super league breakaway rebels, is extremely upset that La Liga sold 10% of their audiovisual rights to an investor group for the next 50 years. They weren’t consulted on the deal, which is amusing because now they know how the rest of Europe felt a few months ago.
One thing is for sure… football really is feeling the full force of the pandemic and it’s been absolutely devastating. La Liga has lost its one megastar. Italy is haemorrhaging talent, losing its best coach and now a collection of its top players. The Premier League seems to be doing the best, but even here, most clubs aren’t spending lavishly.
We’re about to see how broke everyone is because we’re one week out and hardly anyone has done their business. Will that hold or will the purse strings loosen?
One club that isn’t broke… Manchester City. They dropped £100m on Jack Grealish. An outrageous fee. You have to hand it to the player, he gifted them by allowing that release clause in his contract. Again, it amuses me that everyone is clapping the Villa response to the sale. The CEO explained the thinking, which was basically: they gave us £100m. Still, in the cold light of day, they sold their best player and that is a big, big shock regardless of the money they’ve spent. They were basically relegation fodder without him, now they have to see if they can progress in his absence.
Nuts that City, with all the accusations about how they do business, are out here splurging in such a grotesque manner.
It’s painfully quiet on the transfer front for Arsenal. Southampton can shift Danny Ings for £30m, but we can’t find a buyer for Lacazette. Keep an eye on Eddie heading to the Saints as the replacement, let’s hope we don’t get rolled on the transfer fee.
The Willock deal is still at a standstill.
Nothing on Maddison.
Nothing on a new keeper.
Nothing on Hector.
Nothing on a new right back.
Hopefully, things will kick on at some point, but as it stands, the summer has been a bland one… the big reshape has barely moved.
Short post today, I’ll be back tomorrow. Maybe there’s a Friday drop a bit later. Doubtful.