Those of you old enough to remember the programme Blockbusters, will have little trouble recalling the jokey laugh he emitted when any of the contestants said, “I’ll have a ‘P’ please, Bob.” Comedy gold from the mid-80s. We all need a ‘P’ as it happens: Patience.
It’s the transfer season and Jamie Vardy deciding his future, Arsène is running around like a child on a massive sugar rush in a sweet shop. £20m bids are being flung in the direction of the East Midlands with reports this morning that Wenger is so bored with waiting for Vardy’s answer, that he’s gone for Riyad Mahrez as well. Arsenal’s scouting network appears to be the Player of the Year nominations list.
I can’t recall it happening before but surely there’s no precedence for one club signing three players from one other club in the same transfer window? Arsenal should offer £20m for N’Golo Kante, just for the hell of it. Someone at Highbury House has been drinking Special Brew and is standing too close to the fax machine.
The great and good – and Tony Cascarino – have decided that Vardy has to sign for Arsenal. It’s a no-brainer says footballing logic which is an interesting concept because logic seems to play little part in football. Certainly not in transfer business but we shall see. It wouldn’t be a surprise if the deal fell through, emerging as it did on the day Ivan had a Q&A at the club. Easy ride, much?
Cascarino believes “it’s impossible to say ‘no’ to Arsène Wenger” which is news to the players who have indeed said “No” to the Arsenal manager here, in Japan and in France. Mostly it’s club’s saying “No we don’t agree with your low-balling bids” but some players do as well. If they didn’t, we’d have the best squad in the land.
It’s going to be an interesting summer with new managers at the two nouveau riche clubs and Mourinho returning to English football at Old Trafford. City have already acted in signing Gundogan from Dortmund, a player whose injury record suggested he was perfect for Arsenal. It’s criticism which is misplaced; we like to break our own players rather than breaking new toys, no matter how it might seem with Danny Welbeck.
United are apparently throwing cash around like confetti, signing anything which moves. Which is more than Michael Carrick did last season by all accounts. This morning, their stooges claimed two bids for Lionel Messi from Spanish prison outfit, Barcelona, have been turned down.
With Euro2016 starting this week, we’ll have something else to focus on (thankfully). Some question why Vardy hasn’t been announced yet but partly, I suspect it has to do with England’s departure for Chantilly today. The questions will come to player and manager, Roy Hodgson, but it’s easier to bat away what amounts to speculation rather than dealing with the announcement of a transfer. Expect something tomorrow at the earliest. A double, perhaps…?
The immediacy of today’s society is that this lull whilst things happen behind the scenes, allows ‘us’ – and I use that collectively – to move on to the next signing. The international tournaments this summer will see some slowdown in activity for a month.
Time to catch our breath but silence isn’t necessarily a sign of nothing happening so if you don’t mind, I will have that ‘p’ now, Bob.