Apparently, according to Sport, the semi-official mouthpiece of the club when the sporting journal isn’t being insufferably stupid, we’ve been making contact with folks about some other folks, such as:
Good friend of Messi, brilliant player, being buzzed about for the wing that will be open with Henry’s departure. Is this real, or Sport doing the “Ibrahimovic is leaving, Villa is the point so we need a left wing” thing again. Dunno. But his price is 40m, says Benfica, and they’re holding pretty firm to that, which is why EE is sitting pat right now. We might be looking to swoop in and snap him up. 22 years old, 10 goals in 43 appearances this season past. Huge talent, tapped by Maradumber to be the next Argentina superstar. But ….
No, he ain’t worth 40m. Fo’ sho’.
Gregory Van der Wiel
22-year-old right back, plays for Ajax at present, so the kid knows football. Would hew to Guardiola’s theory of having excellent backup players who will also put pressure on the incumbent. Reminds you a lot of Alves. Pace galore, nice crosser of the ball and can score goals. Alves is also his idol. Ajax want 15m for him, a deal I would do in about two seconds. If we can get him for less, it’s a no-brainer. 5 yellow cards over the whole season. This speaks to a cool head, methinks.
Speculation has been swirling around this dude for a while, rumored to be the replacement for The Yaya, who will be departing soon for Premiership destinations as yet to be finalized. He’s 28, and has all the skills. Yes, he’s been called “the next Vieira,” but so has every big, physical, black midfielder with excellent ball skills who is playing footy in France right now. Joined Bordeaux from Lyon in 2007, and is ready for the next step. His goal tally has increased the past few seasons, which is encouraging. He’s definitely in the mold of the classic French holding mid. We’re looking to try to get this deal done, if it will happen, before the World Cup, when a player’s price can only go up. Two more things to note about Diarra: His pursuit, if the buzz is true, acknowledges that we need midfield muscle, and Busquets ain’t it. Also, it would leave Keita as the sole remaining African on the squad. It’s not likely that Keita will be with us when the next ACN is held, year after next.
We’re also treading very carefully on this one with Bordeaux, making contact, crossing the t’s and dotting the i’s before doing anything else. Seems we’ve learned our lesson from the tale of HeWhoShallNotBeNamed. Imagine that.
–Finally, numbers are yet to be released, but on the first day of sale of the new shirts, David Villa was the big seller. Is anyone surprised by this one?