This is a quick and dirty post:
First, Txiki Begiristain, whose name I still have to double check after all these years, has announced he’s leaving the club. It appears that Sandro Rosell has yet to speak to Txiki despite promising to do so and Txiki has decided it’s lower-case t for time to get out. Understandable, I think, but a fairly straight-forward warning sign that things will be changing dramatically come July 1 when Rosell is officially in charge.
My thoughts on this are as straight-forward as the warning signs: this is a bad move. Txiki has been excellent for us despite some of the bad buys (Keirrison and Henrique, for instance, who have yet to play a minute for the club–in fact Keirrison hasn’t even played a minute of preseason with the club) and if Rosell is to be believed, he’s moving toward not having a Sporting Director at all. I read that as it meaning Rosell will have a lot of say in the transfers and will foist many more such Keirrison-esque buys on Pep. I could be wrong and I’ll be covering this aspect of the club as closely as I can throughout the rest of the summer.
Next up is the news that Thierry Henry is getting ready to leave us. He’s agreed in principle with the club to leave on a free to somewhere/anywhere/New York f’in City. This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone as Bojan, Villa, and Pedro will be taking all of his available minutes and Titi apparently loves him some NYC and we in NYC apparently love us some Titi. So come on over to Red Bulls and I’ll go to a game or two and yell at you and it will be good fun.*
And of course there’s The Yaya, whose time at FCB is quickly coming to an end. Manchester City and Barça have apparently come to an agreement and it’s all ready to be signed, pending Yaya’s demands. And, of course, whether Man City are prepared to deal with Dmitri Seluk once again. Blech. Suffice to say that I, currently wearing my Toure Yaya #19 Ivory Coast jersey, am not happy, but I understand both sides of it. If the numbers are true (€32m) it’s hard not to sell and if the other numbers are true (higher wage demands and more playing time) then it’s hard not to see why he’d want to leave. The club obviously does not value him as much as they value Busquets and, if I were Yaya, I would leave to. As with Eto’o, part of my heart with leave with him, but I’ll develop a different man crush and you’ll all be scared about that one soon enough, so no biggie.**
So then, we’ll soon start to talk about who will be replacing them and several people will be watching Argentina thinking about Mascherano (who I think is overrated, for the record) or whatever other team for whoever else has been linked to us. We won’t find a better DM out there and that’s the sad part, but I guess at least we’ll have €32m to throw at Liverpool for Jefecito…yay for that, I guess.
*I would only yell nice things, of course.
**Yes biggie, but it’s easier to mask the pain at the moment with statements like that.