Apologies for such lax posting, but it was the 4th of July weekend here in the States and despite the heat wave we’ve got going on here at the moment I’ve spent as much time outside as possible. Not that there was anything to see. Fortunately, the holiday is over and now I get to sit inside and write about Barça instead of having friends and hanging out in the park. Yay.
Perhaps the biggest news of the moment is that Dmytro Chygrynskiy is headed headed back to Shakhtar Donetsk in a transfer worth €15m. Besides the obvious question of why we bought him for €25m only to sell him back for a €10m loss one year on, there’s also the ever-growing gap in our roster that will have to be filled somehow. Guardiola obviously considers him surplus to requirement, but it seems strange that we would ship him back to Ukraine without him getting that all-important second year to really acclimate and show us what he can (or can’t) do. Those who suggest Ibra should get another year should obviously be of the same mind with Dima.
He leaves us after just 14 appearances–if you take the €10m loss with that view, we paid €714,285 for each of his appearances. Fantastic. And yes, I realize that the official site says, “The money received for the 23-year-old central defender will help ease the Club’s short-term liquidity problems,” but that means buying other players that are expensive and that we don’t really need (aka attackers). If we have “short-term liquidity problems” then we should stop purchasing players.
There’s still Yaya news, of course, as our ex-solar system-sized-man-mountain gave an interview (English article here) to Catalan radio station RAC1 in which he basically praised Barça and Guardiola and promised to one day return to the club. While I’m sad to see him go and I think it was perhaps a bad bit of business, I think he’s talking bananas. Have there ever been any players that have left the club and then returned 5 years later when they’re in their 30s? I doubt that and I don’t think we’ll be seeing Señor Touré in blaugrana again. In fact, I’m positive of it. Especially not if he wants to remain the highest paid player in a league.
In Rosell news, it’s time Statement Rollback Time already. After Cruyff returned the honorary president insignia to the club, Rosell has obviously found himself staring down the wrong end of the barrel. Stating that Cruyff is a legend, a myth, “a symbol of barcelonismo”, and other “I realize I put my foot in it” missives, Rosell is trying to do some damage control. Fair enough, but come on, Sandrusco, let’s see some real movement if you’re truly contrite and believe Cruyff should be the honorary president. And if you’re interested in my opinion on the whole thing, I don’t care for Honorary Presidents. Cruyff should just write his blog like the rest of us and we should all be happy to have him near the club. If Rosell wants to do away with the Honorary Presidency, I am all for that, but enough of this wishy-washy nonsense.
Today’s “Will He or Won’t He?” for Zlatan Ibrahimovic is that He Won’t. He won’t be going anywhere, according to Manuel Estiarte, our media relations director, because Ibra is, well, a Barça player. He has a contract (and what a contract!) and his agent has said he won’t be going anywhere. Until tomorrow, perhaps, when Milan will be coming with an open wallet for him. Perhaps.