Afternoon all, and in a slightly non-Arsenal mid-afternoon post, I’d like to comment a little on the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid. For those of you unaware, here’s the statement.
“Manchester United have received a world-record, unconditional offer of £80million for Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid. At Cristiano’s request – who has again expressed his desire to leave – and after discussion with the player’s representatives, United have agreed to give Real Madrid permission to talk to the player. Matters are expected to be concluded by 30th June. The club will not comment until further notice.”
Okay, so United lose a player, but in reality – they gain £80m for a player who is very good – but not worth £80m… Arshavin’s transfer to Arsenal for £15m seems like a bargain now doesn’t it. United will be weaker, but with £80m, they can strengthen many times over. If push comes to shove, and then spend £40m on one winger – be it a Ribery or the like, they’d still have £40m to whack on another striker and a defender. Anyone want to give us £80m for Adebayor?
The levels of money being spent my Real Madrid on the transfers of Ronaldo and Kaka are distorted the game – add in Chelsea and Man City and you’ve got two economies of football – one that a club like Arsenal are simply not in.
Barcelona chief, Johan Laporta said this of the recent Real Madrid deals:
“It’s an opportunity to try to show that the market is at different levels. To pay these quantities is exorbitant. It doesn’t fit in with the reality of the market and it’s too risky. It’s distorting it.”
And he’s hit the nail on the spot. It’s not reality. There are two ways of looking at this – firstly, at Real Madrid – how on earth are they affording these transfers? Their new president Perez said that they are paying within their means, but I don’t really think so. But the other way of looking at it, is that Man United are significantly worse off without Ronaldo than with Ronaldo. And being weaker will make us stronger by default. Without Tevez either, they will not be the same team as they were last season. The question is who they replace the two players with – and that will determine their future.
What will determine our future is what we do with our squad, the players that we bring in and the players that we sell.
Football is a funny old game, isn’t it?