Friday, January 2, 2009

Open Window. Jump!


And we are off. The great Manchester City spending spree is underway, after they agreed to a 12 million pound transfer with Spartak Laaandon for runner-up left back Wayne Bridge. But is Bridge worth that much? And how much will Manchester City be ripped off by, when all is said and done on Feb 2nd?


Manchester City are tying up the loose ends (physical, signatures, etc.) for Ashley Cole's stand in (for club and country) making Wayne Bridge the best paid full back in old blighty. Take that Cole, you money grabbing douche! The deal is apparently worth 12 million to Chelsea and a whopping 21 million to Bridge, who looks as if he will be getting 5.2 million smackers a year. He WILL have to play though...Sucks for him!

Meanwhile it looks as if Chelsea are skint. Not only does Scolari have no money to spend but players are being sold without his say so.

"It's better you ask Peter, because he knows everything that has happened. Wayne is here today, that's what I know." -Big Phil.

By Peter he means Peter Kenyon. Mouthpiece of bullshit and douche bag extraordinaire. But stop, forget Kenyon...What a turn up for the books this is. Chelsea have spent 650 million on transfer fees alone during the Roman Abrahmovic era, but now, is the cheque book is firmly closed? Has the oil dried up? Abrahmovic is certainly feeling the pinch of the current economic crisis. The Russian even cancelled his New Years Eve party in Aspen, Colorado. Good job eh?

So, Bridge is the first. Who's next? Kaka? Eto? Alex? Ribery? Adriano? Owen? Given? Bellamy? Villa? Defoe? Silva? As I write this, Santa Cruz is planning his escape to the penthouse by claiming that City are set to sign him.

If you believe the papers then City are going to hit 3 figures this January and take over Chelsea's title of the EPL's (suck it Barclays) frivolous 'big spenders'. But one thing is for sure. Everyone knows they have money and everyone knows they want to spend it. Bridge is no way worth 12 million and his elevated transfer fee will be the first of many. There is literally a heavy price that comes with all that cash. But as his pencil runs down the wanted list, I'm sure Mark Hughes won't mind one little bit.

-Bigus


10 comments:

The Fan's Attic said...

I wish I had money coming out of my ears.

Abu Citeh...I know of this blogger, he's great...he'll help Man Citeh become the most well known club in the world. And, he'll work for a measley 1 million pounds per year on a 4 year contract.

jjf3 said...

Question for people who've watched more footy than me...

Maybe I've only seen him in "bad" appearances, but is Bridge really that much better than Ben Haim (who's being jettisoned) or Garrido (who's the current left back I think)? I've just never been very impressed by him...

jjf3 said...

"Morning", all. And a happy "3rd Round" to all!

I'm watching Hearts-Hibs while I try to get my brain to function, before I get seduced by Macclesfield and a pint of Harp at 9 am. Ugh, hangovers aren't as fun as when I was 22...

Oh, and I'd still be interested in Bridge opinions...

Bigus Dickus said...

jjf3.

He is better than Garrido and Haim is a CB. Bridge is great but 12 million just seems nuts for a guy who sold his soul to be Cashleys back-up. Citeh really got ripped off here.

jjf3 said...

BD - I know Haim is a CB, but I've seen him used as a sort of defensive "spackle" in an emergency. I guess the bigger picture is what I was trying to get at - how is Bridge at $12 mil (haven't figured out the pounds symbol) - really any better than what they've already got on smaller deals (looking at the overall +/-)? If I'm giving Sparky unlimited funds to spend, I'd rather see them spent on Evra or Alves, or whomever I'm forgetting (not happening, I know), not Wayne Bridge...

That said, I've just never been impressed by Bridge in an actual game I've seen...maybe that's just bad timing...

Thanks,
Joe

jjf3 said...

then again, maybe the fact that he plays about once every two months might factor into my opinion...G-d, my head is a fricking blur. Off to the bar for the FA Cup...

Bigus Dickus said...

He has always done well for England. Much better than what they had and a good player.

Mike Georger said...

How did he sell his soul to be Cole's backup, wasn't Bridge at Chelsea three or four years before cockbite?

Ibracadabra said...

Mike - you are correct, he was there first - but he "sold his soul" by agreeing to a new long term deal when he knew he would always be second choice - rather than fleeing to a number of suitors who would offer first team football for less money..

jjf3 said...

Thanks BD, Georger, and Ibra for the background story. Guess I've just not seen him at his "best", or under-rated what I have seen...