There is an admirable doggedness about the transfer rumour. No matter the reality that a deal broke down 24 hours previous, supposedly reputable outlets persist in promoting that it can still be completed. That spans its own rumours of other departures and arrivals. A cottage industry spawned from one man.
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Which is handy because The Twain corked it one hundred and nine years ago this April.
So, with Suarez not coming, the weirdly improbable signing of James Rodriguez surely dies out. We’ve got one underperforming attacking midfielder in the squad already unless, of course, we’re losing one attacking midfielder this window…
But that’s not likely. Mesut posed, smiling, next to Unai Emery at the paintballing extravaganza yesterday. We believe it was paintballing because that is what we were told. The photo, however, could easily be a bunch of war-weary, grizzled rebels preparing for the final big battle. The sort of photo that the lead protagonist looks at in some US detective show before realising the murderer was in the picture, smiling as convincingly as the rest.
Meanwhile, back in reality, Aaron Ramsey rues the collapse of the Suarez deal because it means he won’t be moving to Juventus this winter. He’s now got to wait until the summer. Which is a real hardship. Now he’s got to keep the bloated signing-on fee recently negotiated…
No doubt, other ripples in the transfer ocean are as detrimentally affected off the back of these decisions; the butterfly effect and all that.
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Elsewhere, reports claim an Arsenal “loan bid” for Eric Bailly was rejected out of hand by Manchester United. It’s hard to think why the team one place below us on goal difference and our opponents in the fourth round of the FA Cup wouldn’t want to engage in transfer talks with us. They must just be fussy.
Which begs the question of what happens to the rest of the season if/when we don’t sign anyone? Does calamity await or are we poised for a mini-revival of sorts?
We’re at the mercy of the injury gods to some extent. We’ve seen the havoc they wrought across the first half of the season in losing our two best defenders. The quality of our squad is that we can ill-afford any others.
That raises the uncomfortable prospect of us not signing anyone at all this winter. Restricted funds or no, the hierarchy cannot allow that to be the case? This winter has proven the impact of Europa League football on the club’s financial budget.
We can be reassured, however, that there will be funds available in the summer for Unai Emery. There can be no argument with this because Guillem Balague tells us so. Stan might face something rather sterner than gilets
There is some ‘relief’ for Unai Emery in all this. The non-arrivals are not down to him. That is one cock-up – if it transpires – that will firmly be in the court of others and for that he can raise his glass of rioja in thanks to Arsene.