Transfer Rumours and Besties on a Budget

Having a net spend of £45m available this summer is somewhat restricting. Yes, we’re back to net spend. We dallied with amortisation-driven spend but that never really took hold. Too bookish, too accounting for the masses. And frankly, £45m isn’t a transfer budget, it’s a week’s pocket money for the serious players. Not that the serious players have any money to spend this summer; they are all banned for one reason or another.

Or not all of them, just one at the moment. But let’s not forget, four other Premier League clubs are being investigated for the same offences as Chelsea. Things are going from bad to worse for Manchester City. AC Milan lost a similar appeal to the CAS over being referred to UEFA’s adjudaction chamber. Oil money isn’t going to change that, the received wisdom has it.

City talk the talk but walking it is proving tricky. Threats of legal action outside the CAS process are now ‘outlawed’ by an agreement between the ECA and UEFA. City, it seems, stymied themselves. Mind you, the ECA is supposed to monitor member clubs and make sure they adhere to FFP. That’s a bit like giving a convicted fraudster access to your bank accounts and expecting nothing to go wrong.

The upshot is that Unai Emery’s second season in charge may yet see us play Champions League football. Knowing Arsenal’s luck, City will be found guilty and be banned for 2020/21. We’ll finish sixth in 2019/20…

It’s My Sixth Sense

Such cynicism should be no surprise. Our £45m budget means not only are we struggling to buy ‘world-class’ players, but we also can’t even buy an “Aston Villa flop”. The headlines tell you we can but if you read the article, we can’t. And I read the article so you don’t have to.

It seems even Jordan Veretout wants “Champions League football”. That’s “Champions League football” not “Champions League football but only on the off-chance of another club’s corruption being found out”.

Jordan, it seems, prefers Napoli or Atalanta. Or Arsenal, if you believe the French press. Someone ought to tell them Arsène isn’t in charge. We’re not doing all our shopping in Ligue Un. Or Deux, for that matter. Not that we’re doing much shopping. It’s Poundland for us while we look enviously into Waitrose on the way home.

Or the seconds shop which is where Yannick Carrasco finds himself. He was unaffordable in January but now finds himself priced juuuusst right. If the Belgium international signs, it’s a clear signal that Henrikh Mkhitaryan is on his way out. That process received a helping hand when Mino Raiola mysteriously found his ban suspended. Miraculously, that meant he could chivvy Real Madrid and Chelsea along to complete Eden Hazard’s transfer. Raiola collects £30m for his part in the deal; nice work if you can get it.

Elsewhere, Mesut Özil’s questionable friendship with Recep Tayyip Erdoğan continues to fuel arguments. It is a friendship as well; a best man isn’t an acquaintance you run into at a charity do. Each to his own.

I’m sure I’ve got friends. No, wait, that’s not right; I’m sure I’ve got friends Mesut wouldn’t approve of.

To the Left, to the Right

Plenty of footballers espouse dubious politics; it all depends on which side of the divide you find yourself. Some find Brian Clough’s socialism – he was a founding signatory on the Anti-Nazi League’s charter – reprehensible while as many disagree with Fat Frank’s conservatism. The nearest to Mesut’s situation I can think of is Pavlyuchenko standing for Putin’s party at an, ahem, election. I can’t remember if he won.

Few are as overt as Di Canio though. Roman salute my arsenal.

Finally, condolences to the family of Justin Edinburgh, the Leyton Orient manager who died yesterday, aged 49.

’til Tomorrow.

124 thoughts on “Transfer Rumours and Besties on a Budget

  1. Bill says:

    C

    A heavy dose of skepticism is reasonable regarding any reports about Elneny’s brilliance. We heard the same thing before the last World Cup and based on those overly optimistic reports there were predictions he would have a real break out at the World Cup and everyone would finally recognize how good he was. However, when the competition actually started and the games began to matter he played exactly like he has for Arsenal.

  2. Bill says:

    Elneny’s passing stats are probably very good but it just shows how misleading those stats can be with regard to a players ability to provide any sort of dynamic positive influence on the pitch.

  3. C says:

    Bill,

    That’s fine but the reality is that he might simply play well for Egypt in the AFCON and might not be suited to the PL, which he wouldn’t be the 1st or last. At the World Cup, lets be honest, Egypt as a whole failed to live up to any expectations so dumping that all on him is a bit unfair but understandable. You also can’t deny the fact that he was a major part of any success that Egypt has in any tournament. I get what your getting at because well, you are you, but I also think you should probably poke around and see reports and maybe watch the match before you lay a blanket statement.

    I mean look at Sanchez right now for Chile, he has been superb and looks much more like the player that he was at Arsenal and not the colossal failure that he has been at Manure.

  4. phe says:

    YW,

    take small amount of Vitamin C powder a few times a day forever. Check with your doctor first.

  5. Adam Singh says:

    Reports coming in we’ve bid £40m for Zaha? It will be rejected but arsenal hoping compromise can be reach.

    WTF?

    Either we’ve got more than £40m budget this season or Emery is hoping to convert him to a CB😂

  6. Bill says:

    C

    I am not blaming Egypt’s failure in the World Cup on Elneny. However its hard to put a lot of faith in those reports when we heard a lot about how good he was before the World Cup and then when we watched the World Cup he was every bit as underwhelming as he has looked when he played for Arsenal. The exact same thing happened with Iwobe.

  7. Dukey says:

    nicky,

    Cmon nick, we’ve already taken the piss with that cheap lower offer than the rb they just sold.

    Talking of taking the piss..hows the kidney yogi?

  8. Ian says:

    Surely the £40m bid is just to grease the wheels, to say yes we are interested, of course it will be rejected – but Zaha’s people will surely use this bid plus AWB recent £50m sale as leverage to say to Palace hang on you let AWB go for market value, why are you now adding on a ridiculous premium to stop our player (Zaha) from leaving.

    IMO Zaha can be valued at no more than £55m

  9. HenryNorrisDialSquare says:

    Reports stating we might use CJ in any deal for Zaha.

  10. C says:

    Bill,

    Just because a has a bad tournament doesn’t, or at least shouldn’t take away from what they do in another. When Egypy made their run to the AFCON Finals, it was on the backs of Salag and Elneny. A bad World Cup, that happens. Again, maybe he just doesn’t fit at Arsenal or maybe even in England but at Basel and even for Egypt he has shown well.

    Look at a player like the striker Vargas for Chile…for Chile he scores goals and scores them with something like 40 goals in 80 appearances but for club, he’s shit. Its futbol and sometimes things work like that.

  11. C says:

    Adam Singh,

    Brazilian talent, 18 year old who has actually had trials at both Manure and La Masia but decided to stay in Brazil. Ripped up the Campenonato Paulista and ended up winning Newcomer of the Year and made the Team of the Year too while playing for a small club.

    Can play across the front 3 but probably end up on the flank. Very direct with plenty of pace and quickness. Is he ready, probably not but certainly a talent that had South America talking and clubs in Europe interested.

  12. Bill says:

    C:
    Bill,

    Just because a has a bad tournament doesn’t, or at least shouldn’t take away from what they do in another.When Egypy made their run to the AFCON Finals, it was on the backs of Salag and Elneny. A bad World Cup, that happens. Again, maybe he just doesn’t fit at Arsenal or maybe even in England but at Basel and even for Egypt he has shown well.

    Look at a player like the striker Vargas for Chile…for Chile he scores goals and scores them with something like 40 goals in 80 appearances but for club, he’s shit. Its futbol and sometimes things work like that.

    C

    Elneny did not have a bad tournament at the World Cup. He played exactly the way we have seen in his time with Arsenal, no better and no worse they we have come to expect. Same thing with Iwobe’s and Ozil’s performances during the World Cup. They were exactly what we have come to expect while watching them at Arsenal. They are role players who don’t play poorly and hurt the team but unfotunately they don’t improve the team on any sort of consistent basis.

  13. nicky says:

    Bravo to the England “one-dayers” for reaching the World Cup semis.
    Should give Yogi a welcome boost in his recuperation.

  14. C says:

    I would rather we spend 50m on Bailey of Leverkusen and sign a CB than 80-100m on Zaha.

  15. YW says:

    Nicky,

    No spare grapes. Plenty of sour ones but I think I’ll save them for the coming season.

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