First off we have some hyperbole from Carlos Tevez.
“I did not feel supported after they signed Berbatov…I gave my life for the Manchester United shirt”
No, clearly you didn’t.
Dimitar Berbatov has become a hate figure for many United fans, the Emmanuel Eboue of Old Trafford. He’s going to feel the abuse more intensely next year after effectively running Tevez out of Old Trafford. Most United fans would vouch for Tevez ahead of Berbatov but in terms of raw talent, Berbatov easily out-strips the Argentinian.
I remember watching Tevez in Man United’s FA Cup win over Tottenham earlier this year. He put the Tottenham players to shame with an outstanding performance: chasing every ball, running around a lot, basically being an effective nuisance. Sadly, these qualities will not sustain you in the big games – hence Tevez rarely appeared in them.
Irrespective of whether or not Berbatov is worth the money paid for him, for £25m needed to secure Tevez, you should expect a lot more.
Xabi Alonso looks set to leave Liverpool.
The Times reports: “Liverpool placed a £35 million valuation on Xabi Alonso last night after the Spain midfield player said his goodbyes to some members of the club’s staff.”
When Alonso was reportedly priced at £14m last summer I thought it was an awful lot of money for a player who had just completed two unspectacular seasons. His 2008/9 season was better … but £21m-worth better? It’s an exorbitant amount of money but Rafa is the man who got £8m for Mohamed Sissoko.
Olivier Kapo doesn’t like Wigan
“I have a big craving to play in a club better than Wigan for me to blossom.”
Wigan have a craving to buy a player better than Kapo who may be worthy of more than 10 starts next season.
Samuel Eto’o is still a fine player but he appears set to give up ambition for a huge wad of cash at Manchester City. At 28, he is banking on City actually breaking the Premier League top four next year to ensure he plays in the Champions League again before 30. On the back of the recruitment of Shay Given, Roque Santa Cruz, Craig Bellamy and Wayne Bridge, one might question whether they are really of the class required to do so.
To fund the purchase of Eto’o, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan (yes, I copied and pasted) is set to offload Darius Vassell.
Wait. There’s more. He’ll also have to sell Ched Evans, Tal Ben Haim, Javier Garrido, Felipe Caicedo, Dietar Hamann, Gelson Fernandes and Benjani. Wow, that Sven Goran Eriksson thing really didn’t work out.
Also on the subject of Manchester City there are reports that they will launch bids for Everton’s Joleon Lescott and Arsenal’s Kolo Touré next week. Few Arsenal fans will be that concerned considering that the fee mentioned is £12m for a 28 year old, he hasn’t been any good for a while and they’ve signed Thomas Vermaelen who is apparently a good defender and nice to his parents.
It’s more of a heartbreaker for Everton if the £15m bid finds favour with the Everton board and Lescott himself. He’s been a bargain purchase who has only missed 8 games in three seasons, scored cruical goals, put in top notch performances and also filled in effectively at left-back. Lescott is definitely the better buy here.
Finally, Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce thinks that a cold, northern shock is what Real Madrid striker Ruud van Nistelrooy needs.
“The sort of salary that Ruud would be on at Real Madrid may be beyond us, but if he wants to play in England again and take less of a salary, then we’d be interested.”
From Madrid to Blackburn. Would this be the most extreme transfer since Richard & Judy went to Watch?