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Terrygate: Something's Got To Give

Terrygate: Something's Got To Give

It's a conspiracy theorist sports hacks dream. But both Chelsea and City fans will begin to get totally fed up with this 'will he, won't he' saga the longer it drags on...

City's stunning move for 'Mr. Chelsea' has reminded us all of The Citizen's tremendous financial clout as it did with the Sky Blues' ultimately doomed moves for the AC Milan devotee Kaka and the high stakes chancer Samuel Eto'o.

Sheikh Mansour is deadly serious in his intent to break up the increasingly boring Premier League status quo and the upcoming third bid for Terry arrows straight to the heart of 'The Big Four/ Sky Four' monopoly. If there is one thing Ancelotti, Taggart, Wenger or Benitez have learned this summer, it is that City are here to stay.

Still, as is not uncommon with this level of modern era football transfer, the protracted negotiations and bidding involved leave a chasm in which all sorts of nonsense unfolds. Take The Sun's shrieking headline that City want to pay Terry £300,000 per week. I can assure you that is rubbish. Yet as with Silvio Berlusconi's announcement that City had offered £100 million for Kaka's services, so many people have bought into the myth hook, line and sinker.

Deeper still, you'd be forgiven for thinking that Chelsea's hierarchy was heading for civil war such has been the tripe conjured up in some 'Fleet Street' bars this past week!

In amongst all this, the paying customers, ie the fans are left to speculate and counter speculate until our message boards threaten to meltdown.

Looking at this in purely footballing terms, Terry has exactly the credentials required, despite his age or battle fatigue to pull together a young and exciting Manchester City side. As Chelsea's sole homegrown player in their starting XI, he knows what is needed for a young lad to establish himself amongst seasoned professionals.

City fans will testify to the fact that outside of the dreadful Tal Ben-Haim, Mark Hughes has proved a shrewd operator in the transfer market and is putting together a side built upon a backbone of English speaking, Premier League experienced players mixing academy graduates with established stars. Terry would more than fit the bill as a figurehead.

We can expect the intrigue to come to a conclusion any day now. As is the way in the modern era, Chelsea's squad fly to the USA next week and City's to South Africa.

Carlo 'Sturridge' Ancelloti and Mark Hughes are sure to address their respective masses before their planes push back. Should England's Captain appear alongside Ancelotti, we'll know that City's audacious bid has failed. Similarly if he maintains his silence and doesn't show, we'll all be looking to Manchester Airport.

I cannot imagine that Terry is taking this lightly. Some of Chelsea's followers have suggested that their captain is using City's bid as a means to engineer a Stamford Bridge salary level with that of the unlikeable prima donna Michael Ballack. Some City fans have pondered that a deal involving Carlos Tevez is mixed up in all this, despite reports that FA "controlled" third party ownership issues are alledgedly holding up his move to City. Surely not? Only the next 72 hours or so will tell.

Ultimately, it will come down to the player. So come on John, time to nail your colours to the mast before those pre-season tour ships sail.


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Writer:Johnny Baguette
Date:Saturday July 11 2009
Time: 9:24AM


If roman promises him he will invest to improve then Terry will stay at Chelsea, it all depends on Roman.
11/07/2009 09:38:00
Think about it, and put yourself in Terry's shoes, and then in the Sheikh's shoes; JT's agent has no doubt told him to keep quiet, because no bad can really come of it - if he stays at Chelsea (more than likely) he will get more money and made to feel more wanted than ever, leave for City and you'll be the biggest star by a long shot, and maybe double your money. Now the Sheikh - keep quiet, because there's no need to add fuel to an already raging inferno, and besides that's not how gentlemen conduct business. If he comes, good, if he doesn't, well, at least everybody now knows we won't be bullied anymore, and all clubs now know we really mean business.
11/07/2009 09:41:00
Yes, Terry will indeed spurn the Champions League next season, in order to play in the Vodacom Challenge, City's only international involvement. LOLOLOL! I've never read such rubbish as that spouted by supporters of the arab club. They really think that people like Wayne Bridge, Santa Cruz, Bellamy and Barry will turn them into contenders. LOL! No-one would have been surprised if those players had been bought by Hull, Fulham, Bolton and Spurs. LOL!
Sir Cecil
11/07/2009 09:46:00
BlueWolfie says "...that's not how gentlemen conduct business." Well, THIS is how the the Man. City Sheik's Royal Family conduct business...
Sir Cecil
11/07/2009 09:51:00
Sir Cecil, are you directly implicating Sheikh Mansour and Manchester City's boardroom in that torture video?
Johnny Baguette
11/07/2009 09:56:00
Fair comments JB (how you doin' pal?). Think we are all getting fed up of these drawn out sagas, but I suppose if we get the players at the club, it's worth the wait. Must admit I was pleased when we plugged the plug last night on Eto'o when we felt we were being strung along. Clearly they feel different about JT and CT.
11/07/2009 09:57:00
Sound thanks, ob. Good to have you back on board. As you can see we've gone from debating football to terrible torture allegations in the space of four posts.
Johnny Baguette
11/07/2009 09:59:00
for me this could be ended very simply by JT saying if he wants to stay at the rentboys or wants a transfer.i honestly think he does want to move on but he hasnt the bottle to upset the chelsea fans which i can understand because he is a legend. the thing is though the longer he goes without saying if he wants to stay or go the more the chelsea fans may turn on him and either way he might start to lose his "MR CHELSEA" tag.
Mike Hunt
11/07/2009 10:00:00
Yes it's seems some Chelsea "fans" (not all!) cannot simply engage in sensible debates at the thought of losing their main man. Reflects on them pal, not us!!
11/07/2009 10:03:00
Sir Cecil, i wont waste to much breath on you seeing as your quite the immature rat arent you. You have some nerve calling Manchester City FC an Arab club when our Club were established long before the likes of Chelsea. Infact is your club not owned by a Russian 'rolls eyes'.
11/07/2009 10:03:00
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