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Will All These Transfer Rumors Please Give Us Something Real?

Every year, once the season ends, the rumors really start buzzing around our heads like a dark swarm of thirsty mosquitoes. And where we should wisely swat the nasty beasts away, the depth of our summer football boredom makes us strip off our shirts, hold out our arms, and beg them to land. Give us something tangible, we ask them. But it is too early to bite, they insist.

I get sucked into it every season. This past month the inevitable buzzings over David Villa and Frank Ribéry really got me going. Imagine one of them in England? Or David Silva? Or Maxi Rodriguez? Who’s this Benzema dude? I know I know the name… IS ANYBODY GOING TO PRY ETO’O AWAY FROM BARCA EVER??

So my mind fills up with vague wisps of possibility.

But here we are, the transfer window opens. Rumors can start congealing. The flies can start landing.

Between now and the 31st of August, clubs will go from being linked to the most elusive players to really going after them. But will any of this talk turn into big name signings? We know deals have already been made, Barry, Valencia, Santa Cruz, Johnson… but who’s coming to England dammit?? I want some big continental guns to set foot in our league.

Along with the rumors of Liverpool raiding Valencia CF, Manchester United scooping up Benzema, Arsenal pouncing on Ribéry and Eto’o going everywhere... there’s that equally persistent and vexing buzz that suggests they are all staying put. Oh, what horrible anti-climax that would be! Ribéry re-signing. Maxi doesn’t want to leave. Villa will only move to Barcelona. Since the Champions League, doesn’t it seem like everybody is going to Barça? Except for Eto’o of course.

Will the market please make up it’s mind?

I have this feeling most of the links to these big names, these proven international stars are going to fizzle out. I can see Liverpool snagging a Valencia player, but not Villa. Maybe David Silva or Juan Mota (the other two of his countrymen Fernando Torres named as good Anfield targets after Spain’s 35-match unbeaten streak). I can see Ribéry staying put.

Though I’m still waiting for the rumors to start sticking to the ground, I have this feeling more of less proven players will be coming our way.Bigger gambles on players who have shown glimpses of brilliance in international matches worked fairly well in the last couple of windows. Looking for the next star. In these tough economic times spending £12m on a potential star and hoping he exlodes into being seems the route to ride for English clubs. Raiding the Russian league has already shown promise through the likes of Skrtel, Pavlyuchenko and Arshavin. Are there more gems hiding out at CSKA Moscow? At Zenit St Petersburg? Or will anyone go after some of the South African players who put up a great fight in the Confederations Cup? Will more sides follow Fulham’s lead of luring cheap Americans to England?

I’m still holding out hope for some fresh talent from Spain. Clubs like Valencia and Atlético Madrid are looking for funds. Valencia are in outright financial distress. Atlético are rumored to be hungry for cash to scoop up a new attacking midfielder. There’s plenty of talent to pillage. Go get ’em, gaffers.

In the end I’m just ready for something. Anything. I’ll take aging strikers on their way out. Diminutive midfielders who will crash against English defenses. Drunken, blind goalkeepers. Okay. Not really. But I’m eager for these rumor-insects to stop their buzzing. Land on something, you filthy beasts: sink those teeth in!

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  1. oracledba

    July 1, 2009 at 11:28 am

    you forgot the biggest gem out of the russian league, Vidic

    as for england, the tax rates and pound-euro conversion is pushing players away – look at this statement by alonso last week

    “Alonso is refusing to commit himself to Liverpool next season, with Real Madrid eager to to take him to the Bernabeu, and with Alonso estimating he is losing a third of his earnings he is edging closer to a return to Spain.

    “Of course we footballers think about it; we are not stupid, we keep an eye on it,” Alonso said. “When you see your contract down by 30 per cent you cannot be happy. I cannot do anything – it must be Gordon Brown or David Cameron. ”

    not sure Gordon Brown cares that alonso is suffering on his 50K weekly wage but the spanish parliment does –

    Jun 23, 2009

    MADRID (AFP) — Spain’s ruling Socialist Party on Tuesday withdrew its support for a motion that would have ended the so-called “Beckham law” under which foreign footballers receive tax benefits.

    The Socialists had earlier agreed to support a move by the IU-ICV, a coalition of leftist and Green parties, to introduce the measure “to curb the abuse of taxation privileges of elite footballers.”

    The law, first conceived to aid foreign business investment, allows foreign footballers playing in Spain to be taxed on only 24 percent of their income, instead of 43 percent for other Spaniards in the same income bracket.

    It is popularly know as the “Beckham law”, after English footballing icon David Beckham, who was the first to benefit after his arrival at Real Madrid in 2003.

  2. Tyson

    July 1, 2009 at 11:06 am

    Well the big players in the market are obviously Manchester United, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Manchester City.

    It’s going to be no surprise at all when they spend big just looking at their projected budgets but I think the hold up is a lot of other clubs realise the amount of money going around this season and want bigger fees.

    The best way to get the most money out of a deal is make it very clear you do not want to sell and make the chasers wait. It worked well for both Kaka and Ronaldo and their respective teams which held out on big money deals till they got what they wanted.

    You can tell neither of those teams are done spending though. I mean we know Manchester Uniteds budget and its already been confirmed every last penny goes into transfers so they are from done.

    Real Madrid have plenty of money though they are trying to get more bang for buck now that they have Kaka and Ronaldo on big money deals.

    Manchester City are spending big bucks on strikers but they have yet to prop up their defense and and midfield so their not close to done yet.

    Chelsea on the other hand have a huge rumoured budget they haven’t really touched either.

    Whatever happens to the rest of the market given the sheer money the above four have to spend on transfers and the amount of buying they could do to improve their squad its likely there will be some huge transfers this season.

    Manchester Uniteds 125 million pound budget alone could buy them quite a lot of football. I mean a guy like Arguero or Benzema would cost around 30 million. They could buy both of them and still have more than half of the budget left.

    Even if United bought Benzema for his projected “high” price added to the buying of Valencia theyve still got a metric ton of money in the order of 70 to 80 million left. Can you just imagine the type of players you can buy for 20 to 30 million let alone that much?!

    Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea all have gigantic budgets I really can’t even wait to see what they do next year because they are anything but done.

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