Hello everyone, it’s been a while. I hope you are all in good physical and mental health? It’s been a difficult time for me on both counts , but I’m feeling better and I appreciate the good will shown to me on here and social media, it really did give me a lift. Thanks .
Ok, to business, specifically transfer business.
It should be clear to all that the virus will have a big effect on the clubs ability, or willingness, to spend this summer, but lets start at the beginning, pre virus.
We spent big last summer, specifically on Pepe. this was achieved by Raul and his mate staggering the payments in a big way. Some people heralded this as as masterstroke, but the reality is they were spending a good chunk of this (and next) years transfer kitty in advance. In simple terms that means less to spend this year and following years.
We have had a 3rd season out of the Champions League and could even miss out on the Europa League next season, this too will limit or spending.In short, we were already going to be fugal.
Then we have the virus effects. We have to consider how much it’s cost the club to keep going during lock down, How much will they have to refund for tickets sold for games people can’t attend, will the TV companies also want a refund and what effect will it have on next seasons ticket sales and match day income? We simply have no idea how much this will cost, but it’s a lot, an awful lot.
In my opinion any talk of several £50m + players being bought is ridiculous.
It think we might complete the signings of Cedric Soares and Mari. Then we might buy one big name, possibly Thomas Partey, but this will be funded by the selling of several squad players like Guendouzi, Torreira and Mustafi.
There could also be some £ coming in from Aubameyang or Laacazette, but that will weaken us if we don’t reinvest it.
For me then, talk of Coutinho is preposterous. even a loan deal will be very expensive considering the fee and his wages.
Of course nothing will stop blogs, podcasts and twitter from hyper speculation and then endless moaning when this mad speculation doesn’t come to pass.
See you soon, stay safe.