More rumors, more nonsense:
—Cesc Fabregas has said “If I leave Arsenal, it will only be for Barca.” So of course, people have gone into levitation and palpitations about an ooooold, tired-ass subject.
“Will he or won’t he?”
And we at BFB carefully chose a picture that we hope will convey the seriousness with which we view this matter.
But wait! There’s more evidence!
–“Reports” in El Mundo Deportivo say that Fabregas has been telling friends that he is coming to Barcelona.
–Rumor has it that his mama has leased Deco’s ex-domicile.
Mommy, make it stop! Unfortunately, Mommy isn’t listening, so don’t expect it to stop until Fabregas is lacing up his boots as an Arsenal player yet again next season, or he has his grinning, coiffed mug posing for photo ops in the Camp Nou.
Know this, however. The presidential elections are putting a serious monkey wrench in our transfer plans. Laporta wants to get bidness done, “And I don’t mean yesterday, Txiki!” Sandro Rosell is saying “You sure you want to do bidness widdat old regime?”
Obviously, there’s a lot tied into that. Guardiola is said to be making the transfer demands, which means that ties the hands of Rosell. We have seen evidence of this with his comment today that if Villa happens, and is Guardiola’s transfer, then he’s all for it. Those accustomed to reading between the lines might detect a hint of “But if it ain’t, and I win this thing, watch out!”
Also accelerating Silly Season is the looming World Cup. Players love and hate the World Cup, because it can add or subtract millions from a guy’s bottom line. If you’re already in demand and are looking to swap clubs, you want to get that deal done before mid-June, just in case you have a crappy tournament, and then nobody wants you.
But maybe, just maybe, if you aren’t that much in demand, you’re hoping that a great tournament will propel you into the big dosh-earning category, so you might not want to do a deal before the Cup.
What all of this means, coupled with an outgoing president who wants to leave a legacy, is that stuff is going to be craaaazy, man, running right up to the tournament.
And with that in mind ….
–We bring you the “Clutch your sides, Mama, cuz Daddy’s laughing until he pukes” rumor, Tuttosport says that Balotelli is coming to us from Inter, and further, that Guardiola sees him as Henry’s replacement.
I can see that. We just loooove mohawked head cases with explosive tempers. Just the thing to feed to those …. um …. not quite so open-minded Barca fans, who will make monkey noises and have him climbing the Camp Nou stands to jack somebody up, or throwing his shirt down and stomping on it.
Yep. You betcha.
I know that Isaiah hates the Silly Season, but I love the humor in it, it must be said. Where else can you find stuff like Iaquinta’s agent swearing up and down that we have contacted him for his pulsating with adequacy striker, as an addition to our front line to replace the outgoing Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
You can’t make this stuff up. Well, somebody can, but I can’t.
–And speaking of Villa, he has said to AS today, “My future is resolved.” This, after a talk with Valencia’s president yesterday. He added that he “continues to count on the four years remaining” in his Valencia contract.
This is so great! Here’s the amazing part of Villa’s comments, that can be read any way, dependent upon your worldview. As a public service, we’re going to present both sides.
“My future is resolved”
Barca: “He’s coming!”
Valencia: “He’s staying!”
“I continue to count on the four years remaining in my Valencia contract.”
Barca: “He’s coming! He’s just trying to make them feel better.”
Valencia: “He’s staying!”
“It’s a great city and I hope to return to play or take part in other activities – even when I am 50 years old.”
Barca: “He’s coming! But he will go back to say hi when he retires.”
Valencia: “He’s staying!”
“If there are movements, they will be before or after the World Cup, never during. One has to be cautious and wait.”
Barca: “He’s coming next week!”
Valencia: “Um …. wait a minute.”
(When asked about a Barca signing,) “I have not spoken to Xavi, Puyol, Pique or Busquets.”
Barca: “He’s coming! He didn’t include Laporta or Guardiola!”
Valencia: “He’s staying! He doesn’t even want to talk to their players!”
See what I mean?
–Remember, back in the pre-silver days, when Eric Abidal raised a ruckus when he said that the players weren’t like a family, in that they don’t do stuff together? Our just-healed left back hosted a club barbecue at his digs, that was attended by all the players and coaches except for Guardiola, who needs to be the traditional “Meester.” Awwwww!
–Iniesta wants to play! And he wants to play for 90 minutes. Guardiola, of course, won’t even consider such a thing, nor should he. Rushing our Ghostface back is what caused these problems in the first place. I suspect that he will play, but I also suspect that Guardiola will come out hell-bent for leather, confident that Valladolid, in desperate need of points, any points, will just choose to defend, which will make the choice of a midfielder verge on irrelevant. Anybody can pass the ball to Messi or Ibrahimovic and turn them loose, right?
Messi also needs two goals to tie Ronaldo’s stellar season scoring record, and a hat trick to break it. I just don’t see him getting a hat trick, as I think that this will be a low-scoring match, unless we score early. Then look for Valladolid to have to come out to try to get a result, in which case they will die.
And that’s what I know for today.