Posted by hiphopmama on June 11, 2009
So it’s (semi-) official. Cristiano Ronaldo is the next in line for the galactico parade currently making its way to the Bernabeu. Both team’s official websites have confirmed that Real Madrid have offered an “unconditional” €93.9M bid for CRon. This comes on the heels of the team’s announcement of Kaka as its latest signee from AC Milan, all of which means that Real have splashed out €163M on TWO PLAYERS over the last week. Geesh. As a fan of Los Blancos, it’s titillating to watch the superstars pour in, but as a pragmatist I have to ask what they’re thinking. I understand they technically play different positions, but with just one of those guys they have a world class playmaker at their disposal and I can’t help but think they’d be better off investing that kind of cash on multiple role players to fill all the gaps in the squad. Like, you know, at all those defensive positions they need to shore up. Cannavaro is gone, Marcelo has been revealed as a project at right back, and the left back position is still wide open. With €93.9M they could have easily slotted a few high quality players into those spots. Everyone saw what happened when they focused too heavily on offense at the expense of the dirty work defenders (count the trophies after Makelele left), so let’s hope the next galactico era ends differently.
Furthermore, it’s also being reported that the close of the David Villa deal is fast approaching as well, as Chelsea have gotten the rebuff from the Spanish international who has no desire to leave La Liga. Chalk another one up…
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Posted by hiphopmama on June 5, 2009
More news on the Real Madrid transfer front, of the tentative nature, of course. With Kaká set to make his decision at the end of international duty on Monday, Florentino Perez & co. are swirling like vultures around Valencia’s prized pickings, David Silva and David Villa. Agents for Silva, Valencia, and Real Madrid linked up yesterday to discuss a possible move, and Silva himself has said it is “flattering” to be courted by the Spanish giants. The price range seems to be between 20-30M€. David Villa’s price tag is considerably higher, closer to 40M€, although he is being courted by multiple clubs, including Chelsea. In a somewhat older story, Chelsea and Madrid may be competing on another front for the services of Inter’s right back Maicon. This one is beyond even the “tentative” status of the other Real targets mentioned, but it’s yet another log on the fire. And speaking of jockeying between Chelsea and Real, Florentino went on record recently stating that Bayern Munich’s Franck Ribery is on Madrid’s wish list. Chelsea are reported to have already made an offer for the French winger, but the wrench in the gears is Ribery’s former international teammate Zidane, who is on board with Real and has been discussing the possible move with him. Roman Abramovich must be getting tired of being thwarted by these guys. I’m curious to see who will win out on all these fronts, although it seems a fairly easy bet that Real with have the first go at everybody. Gotta love transfer season.
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Posted by hiphopmama on June 3, 2009
The news – and by “news” I mean unverified, overhyped media gossip – coming out of Spain is that Real Madrid’s bid for Kaká is all but finished, and they will be announcing the Brazilian as their newest addition when he finishes his time with the Brazilian national team next week. This comes on the heels of Florentino Perez’s ascension to the Real Madrid presidency and the introduction of Manuel Pellegrini as the new manager of the club. The rumor mill was working overtime just a day or two ago with the news (there’s that word again) that Chelsea had swooped in with a ginormous bid and last-ditch attempt to steal Kaká from under Real’s nose. That line of reasoning appears to be going nowhere, though, as Chelsea’s official website has disavowed any offer being made for Kaká. Not that that necessarily means anything, but I don’t think anyone really sees Kaká playing anywhere other than Madrid next season, despite the fact that former AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti will be at the helm of the Stamford Bridge club.
Meanwhile, the tabloids run amok with the supposed battle between David Villa and Diego Forlan as the team’s big-name striker signing for the off-season. I tend to agree with the folks at SFS, though, in that the whole thing is likely a diversionary tactic attempting to lower Villa’s asking price for a transfer away from bankrupt Valencia. And, of course, Cristiano Ronaldo is still on the horizon, whether for this season or next, and Real are sure to play the situation all wrong but still win out in the end despite their mishandling. Never a dull moment as a fan of this team.
I must admit that, as a relatively new (and fairly reluctant) recruit to the Real Madrid bandwagon, this whole mess is exciting, to say the least. After a disappointing season, the prospect of landing all these top-tier signings is jizz-in-your-pants material. Yet I can’t help but ask, how did the whole Galáctico tactic work last time? I seem to remember that it didn’t fare nearly as well as it is being viewed in hindsight and left the team riddled with problems – particularly an over-reliance on offensive stars to the detriment of the team’s back line – that it is still coping with. Claude Makelele, anyone? Let’s just hope that they can do some course correction and get it right the second time around. Otherwise, I don’t see them breaking their five season-long streak of bombing out of the Champions League in the Round of 16. Oh, and there’s still Barcelona hanging around La Liga and not looking to get any weaker, with or without Samuel Eto’o. Happy hunting, Florentino. I’m rooting for you, albeit sheepishly and only from the shadows.
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Posted by hiphopmama on September 30, 2008
Valencia maintained their spot at the top of the table with another good performance against Depor this week. Things started off a little strangely, when Pablo Alvarez chased a ball down to the endline and sent an innocuous looking cross back, only to see Moretti deflect it past Valencia keeper Renan in the 11th minute. Valencia were able to equalize before the half was out when Mata got on the end of a cross from Joaquin in the 35th minute. It was all Valencia after that, with two goals from Villa (could he be any hotter right now?) and another from Joaquin, except for a bizarre consolation goal by Deportivo five minutes from time. The referee’s assistant raised his flag for offside, but the ref (correctly, it turned out) signaled for play to go on. Unfortunately for Los Che, a number of them had stopped playing at the apparent offside call, resulting in a cakewalk goal for Lafita with everyone around him frozen in place. Of course there was much complaining following the call or lack thereof, with Albelda receiving a yellow card, but it was the right decision despite the awkward way it played out. Never stop playing till the whistle, I guess. No biggie for Valencia, though, as they sit atop the table on goal differential, tied with Villarreal for top honors in La Liga.
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