Right-o, kids. The freakin’ January transfer window isn’t even open yet, and we supposedly have a deal with Javier Mascherano for just north of 40m. Or we don’t. It might only be about 34m. One complexity is that we want him in January, but Liverpool don’t want to have him leave until the summer.
Crikey! Oh, wait …. we should pause here, to allow Ramzi enough time to do his dance of joy.
Okay. The real question is where did the initial rumor begin, and how long will it take for all parties to deny that they even have each other’s telephone number, much less have struck a deal.
Here’s what we (don’t) know:
–It seems to have begun with the Sunday Express, one of those “sure, whatever” publications.
–We have struck personal terms with the 25-year-old Argentine defensive midfielder.
–Those terms are (ready for it?) about 112,000 per week. Per week! Curse my gene pool!
–Nobody, but nobody has said anything even vaguely, remotely official.
What are the implications:
–Well, remember all those “unsettled Yaya” rumors? They kind of get a bit of strength, right? Can anyone in their right minds see a club carrying Busquets, Keita, The Yaya and Mascherano?
–But what about the craziness that we are willing to trade The Yaya for Balotelli? The King of Catalunya, with one of those “Yeah, I know your mama” grins, said that we have a fine relationship with Inter, and that the two clubs will be doing more business in the future. Since his term is fairly limited, we can define future as “Oh, in 6 weeks or so.”
–If the implications of The Yaya having a falling out with the club are true, what happened? Because this seems, if any of this festering bollocks is to be believed, a lot of money to be spending on a January replacement/sub for our Main Man, the Cote d’Ivoirean colossus.
–Baby Kxevin is very confused.
Every report that I can find is citing the Sunday Express, and here’s an image of the sterling bit of journalistic excellence:
As to what this all means, we will have to wait for the official word, denials, obsfucations and whitewashes. Meanwhile, I’d reckon that “Pond Scum” Seluk already has his machine rolling full-bore.
Here is my personal view: It’s either nonsense, or The Yaya is no more in Barcelona. If the former is true, it would be typical of this transfer season at the best club in the world. Everybody wants everybody to play for us, and the Mascherano to Barca rumors have been rife for some time.
But if it’s the latter, is it good business? We just gave The Yaya a contract sweetening. Was it with the intention of raising his price to make him more sellable? Personally, and I know that Ramzi will disagree, if we sell The Yaya, we are out of our minds. Some believe that we can replace him for less money, in about two seconds. The alleged Mascherano fee isn’t less money.
Just saying. But enough from me.
What say everyone?