Comment & analysis round-up
Quote of the day: “I am sure [John Terry] will remain at Chelsea. I am sure, 100%. He has a contract for three years more.” – Carlo Ancelotti.
Runner-up: “The signing depends on Ibrahimovic, on Eto’o and all parties. David Villa as an option is not finished. We haven’t discarded any possibilities.” – Joan Laporta.
Today’s overview: … and then La Liga makes yet another massive signing this summer.
The Guardian report that “Barcelona have confirmed they have agreed a deal for the Internazionale striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with their own forward, Samuel Eto’o, travelling in the opposite direction. The conclusion of the deal depends on both agreeing personal terms, according to Barcelona’s official website.”
Green with envy of La Liga’s pulling power is Simon Burton. “This has already been a spectacular summer for football transfers to the country. Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and now Zlatan Ibrahimovic: one by one and day by day the continent’s most beloved talents are spurning all rivals and deciding to settle in Spain. And it seems that all of those deals, which have gone through often despite the most persistent protests of the selling clubs, have been crunched at lunch and decided at dinner.”
And its not only in the transfer market where La Liga are looking to dominate. Pete Jenson dishes the dirt on how moving “matches from their traditional 9pm and 10pm slots to afternoon kick-offs… Spanish clubs [believe they] could grab the lion’s share of an estimated 1 billion viewers in China and Japan. The Premier League’s dominance of global TV audiences, and the subsequent revenues, are under threat.”
Swooping in to inject an English perspective into yet another big transfer in Spain, Owen Gibson points the finger of blame at England’s new tax laws. “The cost of an overseas player to English clubs is up to 70% higher than to their Spanish contemporaries.”
Amy Lawrence investigates how Italy’s big-boys are fairing in the summer transfer market, noting that “Milan and Juventus are preaching a tale of regeneration and rejuvenation but some fans are not buying it.”
Another day and more madness from the Magpies. With no takeover in sight Louise Taylor details how the club have place “an embargo on any transfers until the managerless Championship club is sold… Up to seven senior players are threatening to challenge this embargo by sumbitting written transfer requests early next week if Alan Shearer has not been installed as Newcastle’s manager.” Conveniently no mention of the embargo is made by Pat Sheenan as The Sun’s hack bleats “Hull are ready to offer Joey Barton a Premier League lifeline by buying him on the never-never.”
In entertainment news, Lewis Constable scribbles that “ESPN have sealed a big signing by convincing Ray Stubbs to leave the BBC for the American sports network.”
Onto the Saturday transfer toss.
James Ducker kicks things off barking “Liverpool will intensify their efforts to sign David Silva, the Valencia playmaker, with Xabi Alonso expected to complete a Â£32 million move to Real Madrid next week,” while Emmanuel Adebayor is linked with a move to Chelsea.
The impact of Adebayor’s link with the Blues is different according to which tabloid you follow. Chris Wheeler tells Daily Mail readers “in spite of the latest twist, City are resisting the temptation to pull the plug and will hold last-ditch talks this weekend aimed at resurrecting the transfer.” Yet Paul Joyce claims the Citizens are adopting strong-arm tactics, tooting “Manchester City have given Emmanuel Adebayor 24 hours to accept a Â£140,000-a-week contract or they will walk away from the deal.”
Yet, printing what appears to be full-blown lies, the Mirror’s Darren Lewis splashes with news that “Emmanuel Adebayor last night completed his Â£22million move to Manchester City – but remains locked in a battle with Arsenal over his Â£2m loyalty bonus.”
All of a sudden Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh believes he can dictate terms to Arsenal, according to Tony Banks. The hack coughing “Chamakh wants his move to Arsenal finalised by the middle of next week – or he could take up another offer.”
Peter Crouch is teasing his prospective employers.
Michael Walker writing “Crouch will give Sunderland and Fulham a decision on his proposed Â£12m transfer from Portsmouth early next week with the Wearsiders said to be marginal favourites at this stage. There remains the possibility that Tottenham… could disrupt any transfer, but as of last night Spurs had not bid for the 28 year-old striker.” Picking up the story from a Pompey perspective, Chris McGrath notes that “it is reckoned that Crouch’s departure leaves a grand total of 14 senior outfield players on the club’s books.”
Sunderland continued to search for new talent according to the gutter-press with the Daily Mail penning how Crystal Palace boss “Neil Warnock has told Sunderland that promising Nathaniel Clyne is worth at least Â£5million.”
Michael Walker reports that Aston Villa are target Sylvain Distin and Fabien Delph but have dropped their pursuit of Tuncay.
Toffees should be encouraged by Paul Joyce’s article in the Express claiming “Everton are closing in on a deal for Sweden international midfielder Rasmus Elm.”