I can understand (and to an extent, relate to) the frustration experienced by football writers on a Sunday (a slow news day), but for the love of fkn god can you please not invent news?
To start off with, here’s a well-research masterpiece on how Manchester United are going to bid 20 mil for Carrick. I don’t care what Tottenham fans think of Carrick, but he’s not worth 15 mil, let alone 20 mil. And the irony of this news item is that this writer must have been asleep yesterday to not catch Ferguson saying quite clearly that Manchester United will not pay over the market value for any player.
The second is just as ridiculous. Fabio Capello has been crowing for a long, long time that he would like to bring Kaka to Real Madrid, and after Emerson’s signing (to plug the hole Fabregas was supposed to fill) it was a bit obvious that Madrid were not going to be looking for another holding midfielder. But no. The brilliant journalistic minds at ESS decided otherwise, and chose to publish this drivel about Madrid preparing a 20 mil, 80k per week bid for Liverpool’s Xabi Alonso. Never mind that Capello’s second midfielder is Kaka, and that he already has Baptista and Guti as central midfielders. Never mind that Capello is more likely to look for a winger than a CM.
The trouble is that these guy are putting out so much of news in a given day (and most of it actually true) that the bullshit is hard to point out. It’s because of bad journalists like these that most of the time the club’s fans are under totally false impressions of what their club is doing (witness the Torres fetish that has gripped Manchester United fans for the last month).
So, in case you guys were wondering, here’s the real news:
Manchester United are not going to bid over 14 mil for Carrick, and they are more likely to offer a young player in addition to the 10 mil already offered to tempt Tottenham to part with the midfielder. However, nothing of this sort is going to happen until Manchester United can sort out their chase of Gattuso and Vieira, which can only be done next week after the appeals from the four Serie A clubs are heard and sorted out. Look for concrete transfer news on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Real Madrid are after Kaka and Nistelrooy, plus a winger and maybe a left back if Roberto Carlos leaves (as he is expected to). If the Nistelrooy deal does not work Capello will go after Juve’s strikers.
Ok, enough angry rants for today. Thank you for listening 🙂