As Jose Mourinho famously quoted towards the end of his last reign as Chelsea manager regarding the January Transfer Window when he had an injury crisis, he likened the state of his squad to eggs:
“In the supermarket you have class one, two or class three eggs and some are more expensive than others and some give you better omelettes.
“So when the class one eggs are in Waitrose and you cannot go there, you have a problem.”
At the moment, with rejected bids for Luis Suarez, Lars Bender and TLTDTEW, it’s clear that Arsene Wenger is shopping at Waitrose but only has his Tesco vouchers. And we all know that supermarkets won’t accept vouchers from other stores because of the Transactions and Payments Legislation Law of 2001 (okay I made that up but you get my point).
Why are we putting in low bids (well, bids that aren’t high enough) for players just to get knocked back instantly (Suarez, Bender) by their clubs, or trying to get players on the cheap (Higuain, Fellaini). Then there are players we’re just so left field I have no idea where they came from (Torres, Barry, Rooney).
Are these bids even serious? On first reflection the £30 million bid for Suarez seems ridiculous, and the first impressions you get are that Arsenal are trying to get him “on the cheap” and that Liverpool are going to want much more for him (something around £45 million probably). But maybe, the bid isn’t so crazy after all.
Luis Suarez is undoubtedly talented but he has big problems. Would a club like Arsenal, who have class, want to be associated with a player who has been found guilty of racism and biting other players? When you think of that, the bid seems a bit mental. How could we rely on a player that could be missing for months on end.
Or maybe because the Higuain deal is dead in the water, we’re looking at other options. If I had to evaluate Suarez’s value in the transfer market, around £32 million would probably be right. He is a talented player but has far too much baggage to reach the £40 million plus mark. If his attitude was right, he’d be worth that.
Plus, I’ve already said on record that I wouldn’t want him at Arsenal.
The most likely scenario is that Arsenal are trying to force Real Madrid’s hand. By bidding for Suarez, it “forces” Real to offload Higuain and try and get Suarez. It could be Arsene playing Poker again (like he did with Alex Ferguson over RVP) but then I wonder are Arsenal capable of playing these games? Real Madrid’s president Florentino Perez seems to think so.
Could this be a summer where Arsenal are linked to superstars such as Wayne Rooney, Luis Suarez, Gonzalo Huguain, Marouane Fellaini, Lars Bender and Fernando Torres, only to end up with a young French player from Ligue 1?
Never fear, when Abou Diaby returns from injury for the 2,946th time, it will be like a new signing! Luckily Tomas Rosicky has injury problems now as well so when he comes back that’s another signing!