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Umm…

Posted by hiphopmama on August 27, 2009

I’m not going into any detail on this, but what the hell is going on at Real Madrid right now? I celebrated when they paid top dollar for Kaka. I didn’t blink when they spent untold millions on the Coiffed One. And nary an eye was batted when supplies were further exhausted to bring in Xabi Alonso. All good players, mind you, but not too subtle or nuanced a transfer policy, don’t you think? Understandably, they were always going to have to trim some fat from a squad that was already overlarge, and credit where it’s due, they axed the first and foremost on my list, Gabriel Heinze, early on. Michel Salgado was – rather unceremoniously, in my opinion – let go despite his years of service. Makes sense, they’re both aging defenders with little role to play in the new-look squad. Huntelaar eventually made his exit as well, making his way to Milan after some good finagling. Fine, they do have a glut of strikers at this point, so someone was going to be on the outs.

Things had appeared to slow down for a while, and then BOOM – Alvaro Negredo is gone, sold to Sevilla. Yes, they have a good buy-back clause on him, but why sell him in the first place? He did brilliantly with Almeria and looked poised to help spearhead Real’s front line, for a long while into the future, yet they let him go. Ushered him out the door, more like it. Ta-ta to another canterano. Transfer speculation appeared to slow after that, with Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder looking likely to stay put. And now, what do we hear? Robben will find himself at Bayern Munich for the upcoming season, and Sneijder is to land at Inter Milan. This after I had convinced myself of their importance to the squad for this transitional year, while the new players find their way into the fold. They added the kind of depth crucial to any team hoping to contend in multiple competitions over the course of a long season. And besides that, Robben was the team’s most dangerous creative player in the games played so far with the new group, changing the landscape of the game when substituted for CRon and clicking with teammates far better than Pretty Boy did. I just don’t understand it. These are the kind of moves that will derail Real’s title hopes, especially when you consider Barça are returning essentially their whole team after winning the triplete with another year of chemistry under their belts. Until this, I thought they had a decent (if outside) chance to unseat the champions. But now, I must agree that Barcelona look all but assured to win it again. And all so Real can sign another unnecessary and overpriced superstar A YEAR FROM NOW. Ribery may be an excellent player, but he is far from an essential ingredient, and I don’t believe he is worth weakening the current squad for. Oh well, I guess. Who knows better – Florentino or me? Let’s just hope that quarter of a billion proves its worth, and soon. There will be no grace period, at least not anymore.

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The Real Blitz Continues

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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