This is how it all began, in GChat:
Isaiah: You’re the journalist, make us some news. Print something in the trib that we can cherry pick.
Kxevin: I got nothing except a head full of bile regarding this Sanchez/Fabregas business and player happiness. There’s probably something in there kicking around. Jeffren, Krkic, Sanchez, Fabregas will all leave/not leave. None will be happy.
Isaiah: Right. I mean, there’s nothing. We’re like an empty wasteland and I’m pretty happy with that right now.
Kxevin: Because there’s nothing. It’s just that time of year.
Isaiah: Yup. And I don’t have the time or energy to do a research piece.
Kxevin: I think at this time of year, the only things to really react to are money-grubbing scumbags named Pozzo.
And then we started chatting.
Isaiah: What’s wrong with him holding out for extra cash? As I understand it, players get a percentage of the transfer fee too (and certainly agents do), so it’s in everyone’s best interest except Barça’s.
Kxevin: The number keeps changing, and it doesn’t have his player’s wishes at heart. We could have held out for a Ronaldinho auction. He wanted Milan, so we sent him there. But for this player, it isn’t about money, it’s about wanting to play for a specific club, right?
Isaiah: So say the baseless rumors.
Kxevin: Well, there’s the story about the promise to the now-dead father figure, that isn’t at all baseless, and probably counts for a lot with the player.
Isaiah: I haven’t bothered to read those. I figure a deal will get done if the club really wants him and won’t if they don’t. If they say €28m and some incentives and ManC offers €40m cash, well, he’ll be in light blue next year. I’m sure ManC will pay Sanchez a higher salary too.
Kxevin: For sure. They have offered more cash, and a higher salary. And the player doesn’t want it, even if the club wants the higher fee.
Isaiah: Then Udinese will come around after some time of pressuring Sanchez and if Sanchez really wants Barça over money, he’ll go to Barça.
Kxevin: Yup. But it doesn’t keep the whole process from making me sick. The price was 30, then 35, then 40, now it’s 50 and not a penny less. NOBODY will pay 50 for Sanchez.
Isaiah: Of course not. But given that Ashley Young is worth 20m, Sanchez being worth 28 makes no real sense. Or if Andy Carroll is worth 35mGBP, or if Torres is worth 50. I don’t mind Udinese playing hardball. They’re a little club struggling to make cash off a huge empire. Fine with me so long as it has Sanchez’s blessing (which it probably does)
Kxevin: I just have a problem with naked greed. They bought him for less than 2m. Selling for 35 is an amazing bit of business.
Isaiah: It’s true. And were we fans of Udinese, we’d be cheering like no tomorrow. We bought Toure for 9m and sold him for 24m. That’s a good bit of business too.
Kxevin: I wouldn’t be. But that’s just how I am. Toure is an excellent bit of business. And he flew out the door for 24. What if we’d said “He’s worth 60, and not a penny less.” We’d have just been greedheads.
Isaiah: Except if someone was willing to pay it. If someone came and said “we’ll offer you 70m for Messi,” we’d say hell no…how about 170?
I don’t disagree that money is kinda ruining the game, but in these circumstances, Udinese is fine to do this. Now, if Sanchez is making daily calls to Pozzo saying “Doood, sign the contract” then yeah, that’s a problem. Player’s rights are stomped on constantly.
Isaiah: We paid £2.25m for Figo and got £37m for him 5 years later. (I just wondered how much we’d made off him–has nothing to do with this conversation)
Kxevin: True, but I don’t ever recall us holding an auction, and changing the price weekly. Set the price, try to honor the player wishes, and off you go. Seems like we have a post right here, with just this conversation.
And so we do. For the record, I’m all for capitalism. Buy low, sell high if you can. Rock on. Nobody will be holding any tag days for FC Barcelona anytime soon. But even as I am not a fan of any individual player, I do think they’re human beings, who have wants and desires. If Sanchez were down with playing for Citeh, this deal would have been months ago. And whether you believe the news stories out of Chile that he refused to get on a plane to meet with them, the fact that this deal isn’t done, with him being presented at Eastlands makes it clear that he wants to come to Barca.
We see other issues with player happiness, again depending on who/what you believe. Does Fabregas want to come “home,” and that mean ol’ Wenger is keeping him against his will? It probably depends on whether your club of choice wears red/white, or Blaugrana. And there’s the matter of asking price, as in “If you want to talk, bring 60 million pounds,” a number that says they aren’t interested in selling.
And that’s fine. But as his contract continues, his value drops until he reached the last year of it (unless he renews), in which case Arsenal won’t even get what we’re offering now. I think the player’s wishes should be respected.
Krkic didn’t want to be a makeweight in any transfer deal. We honored that request, dealing him to Roma. Jeffren didn’t want to be a makeweight in any transfer deal, and now he isn’t. Where will he go? Good question. But we honored the player’s wishes by not forcing (not that we could) the Udinese thing.
At some point for me, it becomes about honor and respect, from both the buying and selling club as regards each other, as well as the questions about what the player wants.
But enough from us. What say ye?