Comment & analysis round-up
Quote of the day: “I think it is a very nasty challenge from Charlie. The player is gone and he comes in from behind on Gareth’s ankle. I did not know the previous history between the two. I know now. It is a difficult one, to be fair. You do not want to end up in a game with Liverpool with 10 men. Charlie came to me and said something about the challenge. I can accept but I think he should go to the player to say sorry. Because if the player escapes hospital it is because he is very lucky. The last time he was out for three months and in the end it is the Premiership that suffers without a player of Bale’s talent. I can never doubt Charlie’s integrity but it is a very, very nasty challenge.” – Andre Villas-Boas.
Runner-up: “It’s amazing that I played as long as I did really when I think back to that game at Pride Park. It was my first start for Spurs, I was playing in midfield and after about 30 seconds I was clattered by Rory Delap. I just about managed to complete the game but I needed an operation on my left knee afterwards which kept me out for six weeks. I’ve been having operations on that knee ever since. You could say that was the start of the end and it was only four days after my 19th birthday.” – Ledley King.
Angry with Adam: Bale is injured again
AVB rage as Adam crocks Bale again (Sun) Furious Andre Villas-Boas will report Charlie Adam to the FA after another horror tackle on Gareth Bale… The pair have a history of bad blood from May last year when Adam was at Blackpool and appeared to stamp on the Spurs player.
AVB fury at ‘nasty’ Adam as Liverpool midfielder crocks Spurs ace Bale again (Mail) Andre-Villas Boas has slammed Charlie Adam and demanded the Liverpool midfielder apologise for his X-rated tackle on Gareth Bale. The Tottenham midfielder’s fitness was plunged into question again in Baltimore when he was chopped down by Adam, whose studs were showing, 19 minutes into their pre-season friendly.
Modric is a Madrid man (ish)
Real agree £36m Modric fee (Sun) Tottenham last night agreed a £36million fee with Real Madrid for Luka Modric… Madrid were reluctant to meet Spurs’ valuation but Mourinho wanted Modric as soon as possible. The deal will bring an end to a saga which began when the 26-year-old demanded a move to Chelsea a year ago.
D-day for Modric as Real Madrid prepare £33m-bid to prise midfielder from Tottenham (Mail) Modric is desperate to join the Spanish giants but talks are at a stalemate, with Madrid’s offer £10million short of Spurs’ £40m asking price.
Spurs block Luka Modric move (Star) Spurs have dismissed the idea of Luka Modric going to Manchester City in a deal that would finally take Emmanuel Adebayor to White Hart Lane. City manager Roberto Mancini is understood to be keen to have Modric at the Etihad Stadium – even though signing a midfielder is not a priority for the Premier League champions.
Prudent finances affect big transfers
Even the big clubs start to feel the pinch (Steve Tongue, Independent) A widespread belief is that the combination of global economic crisis and Financial Fair Play regulations are having a dampening effect on the buying and selling of footballers. That was the conclusion of a significant report last week from Fifa, analysing transfers in the first six months of the year. There were nine per cent fewer of them than in the corresponding period of 2011 and, more importantly, fees were down by no less than 34 per cent.
Terry in the dock, again
John Terry’s England future hinges on FA verdict on racial abuse charges (David Hytner, Guardian) Terry faces a fine and suspension if found guilty, with the ban applying to Chelsea fixtures, but the four-man Club England board could take sanctions if they deemed them appropriate – that is, they could stand Terry down from international consideration.
What about RVP: United lead City
Maybe we should believe RvP when he says he wants silver more than gold (Ian Holloway, Mirror) Van Persie says he wants to win trophies. It’s now seven years since Arsenal’s last piece of silverware. Maybe the Gunners’ wounded fans should take his observation at face value, rather than think he’s just another player who wants to shove his snout even deeper into the trough…
Robin van Perdsie wants Wayne Rooney’s wages (Star) Robin an Persie will join Man United if he’s promised the same mega-wages as Wayne Rooney. The England superstar is United’s highest earner on £220,000 a week and Arsenal striker RVP wants the same.
Cutting the purse strings: Man City chief exec won’t make RvP the club’s highest-paid player (Mirror) The words moth and wallet spring to mind as transfer boss says no to offering Robin van Persie more than £225k-a-week… Mancini had assumed City would offer Van Persie a salary close to the £225,000-a-week that highest-paid player Yaya Toure earns, but Marwood is set to dash that hope. City already have big problems trying to sell Emmanuel Adebayor and Roque Santa Cruz due to their huge wage packets.
Manchester City are in a transfer mire of their own making (Guardian) Mancini must weigh that against the alternative, which would be making room and raising revenue for Van Persie by moving out a genuinely saleable player such as Balotelli or Silva. That, in turn, focuses the mind on whether Arsenal’s striker really is everything he is cracked up to be or whether he is just flavour of the moment after an exceptional season. Tough call. No wonder it has all gone quiet.
Other done deals
Toffee Pie (Sun) Steven Pienaar is going back to Everton after a £4million fee was agreed with Tottenham.
Wenger to deliver Santi as Arsenal bag £15m Spanish midfielder (Mail) Arsene Wenger expects to complete the club record £15million transfer of Santi Cazorla by Tuesday.
Gone for nothing? Emmanuel Adebayor could leave Man City for free (Mirror) Manchester City are facing the prospect of handing Emmanuel Adebayor a free transfer. And that would take the amount of talent written off by boss Roberto Mancini towards £90million. The Blues are furious that, after agreeing a cut-price £6m deal with Tottenham for a player they valued at £12m, the move is collapsing over personal terms.
Manchester City in £30m battle with Chelsea for Napoli star Edinson Cavani (Express) Manchester City and Chelsea are in a bidding war for Napoli’s Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani, which has already reached £30million.