10 July 2015

The Transfer Merry-Go-Round sends Schneiderlin to Arsenal...

In 2013, we saw Tottenham sell Bale to Real Madrid, who financed that move in part by selling us Özil. In 2014, Liverpool sold Suarez to Barcelona, who financed that move in part by selling us Alexis. Come 2015, we've waited for the other, other shoe to drop—who among our rivals would sell abroad in order to launch the merry-go-round once again? Would it be Man U selling van Persie to Fenerbahçe? Cue the spit-take. In a bit of a twist, though, one spin 'round might see things moving in a different direction, with Man U signing Bastian Schweinsteiger from Bayern. Before you start drooling over whom we might sign from Bayern, cool your jets. The more-likely knock-on would be Morgan Schneiderlin, whose move to Man U had already stalled ahead of the Schweinsteiger news...

06 July 2015

Is Čech "the" signing of the summer, or will Arsène swoop again?

It's early days yet, but somehow it still feels like we've opened all the birthday presents without quite getting what we hoped for. Čech will be a master-class addition, I'm sure, but I can't resist the notion that he's meant to be that one signing that defines the summer transfer-window. Last year, it was Alexis; the year before it was Özil. Buying from Real Madrid, then Barcelona, and then Chelsea surely has to count for something, right? They're three of the most rapacious clubs around, after all. While Čech's transfer-fee might not compare to those of Alexis or Özil, his weekly wage packet does. At £100k per week, he'd be in our top-five most-expensive players, behind Özil, Alexis, and Walcott. Will he then become our marquee signing of the summer?