1. Manchester City as a new superpower
When Blues fans woke up yesterday morning they cannot have been expecting the rollercoaster day ahead. Just a couple of weeks ago they were outraged by rumours Vedran Corluka and Stephen Ireland were to be sold. Yesterday, Corluka slipped out the day to Spurs virtually unnoticed as City fans concentrated on rumoured bids for the likes of Dimitar Berbatov and David Villa.
2. Robinho the mercenary
It is impossible to make a strong case for any motive for Robinho’s move to Eastlands other than money. Disgruntled Real Madrid were not impressed by their former star and have been only too happy to let the sordid details come out. â‚¬6 million a year after tax and not a Champions League football to be kicked in anger. The maths is not difficult.
3. Abramovich the pauper
Poor old Roman Abramovich is probably ready for a nervous breakdown this morning. Us mere mortals are familiar with the situation. You are watching an item on eBay, you have made your highest bid and there doesn’t seem to be any competition. Then at the last second, you get pipped at the post by some chancer. Chelsea’s owner must be wondering just how much lighter his wallet is going to get if he is to keep up with the new boys.
4. Newcastle’s Spanish connection
The words ‘Albert Luque’ are bound to make even the most forgetful of Geordies wince, but Newcastle have continued to stalk La Liga for their new signings. Having already brought in Argentine duo Jonas Gutierrez and Fabricio Coloccinni from Spanish clubs, the Magpies have now secured Deportivo La Coruna striker Xisco and Valencia’s Uruguayan midfielder Nacho Gonzalez.
5. Roy Keane’s hypocrisy
The man who once told modern players they were under their WAGs’ thumbs and should ignore the missus’ pleas to stay in London has gratefully snapped up George McCartney who requested a transfer from West Ham because his wife had not settled in London!
6. Everton’s face saving exercise
Some wonderful individual talent has graced the Everton squad in recent years, so when the club smashes its transfer record to bring in a relatively unknown Belgian you have to wonder whether the big money was splashed without the usual care to pacify fans who didn’t consider Carlo Nash a big signing. Marouane Fellaini has a hefty price tag to live up to.
7. Tyrone Mears and his loan move to Marseille
If he is still there at Christmas I will eat my snail.
8. Undisclosed transfer fees
This seems to be an increasingly frequent annoyance. The fans buy the tickets, the replica shirts and the pies so let us know how much of that money you have just blown on that donkey who is going to sulk around the reserves for a season or two.
9. Joey Barton’s text to Sky Sports News
It reportedly said: “I don’t want to comment on speculation but I don’t want to leave Newcastle. I owe the club and fans a lot for all I have put them through.” Or possibly: “i dnt wn2 cmnt on…” Nice enough thought, but why can’t he just keep his head down for a while? There is no need to draw more attention to yourself.
10. Fraizer Campbell’s confidence
Sir Alex Ferguson has spent the last fortnight convincing us that Campbell is capable of leading Manchester United’s attack only to flog him to Spurs on-loan as part of the Berbatov deal. It’s a fickle game.